Hardly a day goes by without someone phoning or mailing a threat against the president to the White House. But the public seldom finds out. The Secret Service investigates quietly. Threats rarely become public unless an arrest is made or public safety is endangered. Federal officials say that’s why there was no disclosure for three months after a letter containing a small amount of low-grade ricin, a poison, turned up at a screening center for White House mail on Nov. 6. The mail-processing center is at an undisclosed location several miles from the White House. When ricin was discovered Monday in a letter in the Capitol Hill mailroom of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., authorities revealed that a similar letter addressed to the White House had been discovered Nov. 6. It tested positive for ricin Nov. 7. Full Story
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