Mail bombs: Robert De Niro and Joe Biden latest targets

Posted by on Oct 29, 2018 in News | 0 comments

25 October 2018. (BBC News) A suspect package similar to those sent to senior public figures has been sent to a New York restaurant owned by the actor Robert De Niro, the FBI has said. The device was found at the Tribeca Grill in Manhattan early on Thursday local time, said the city’s mayor. Former Vice-President Joe Biden has also received two suspect packages. The latest incident marks the eighth critic of President Donald Trump to receive such a package this week. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio praised the “really quick-witted work of a security guard” who alerted authorities. According to the Associated Press, the security guard was off work on Thursday and had seen an image in a news report of the packages others had received. The New York Police Department said the restaurant building – which also houses his production company TriBeCa Films – was empty at the time the suspicious device arrived, NBC reports. That individual then recalled spotting something similar in the building’s mailroom and immediately called authorities who removed the device around 06:30 local time (11:30GMT), AP...

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Florida man charged with sending 13 pipe bombs to Trump critics

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Sat 27 Oct 2018 01.09 BSTFirst published on Fri 26 Oct 2018 13.57 BST Florida man charged with sending 13 pipe bombs to Trump critics Jeff Sessions, the attorney general, said at a press conference in Washington Sayoc had been charged with five offences including threats against former presidents, assaulting current and former federal officers and mailing explosives. The charges were filed to federal court in Manhattan. “Let this be a lesson to anyone, regardless of their political beliefs, that we will bring the full force of law against anyone who attempts to use threats, intimidation and outright violence to further an agenda,” Sessions said. Asked why most of Sayoc’s alleged targets were Democrats, Sessions said: “He appears to be a partisan.” A court filing said the stickers covering Sayoc’s van included “images critical of CNN”, the TV station frequently derided by Trump, whose New York studios were the target of two bombs. FBI director Christopher Wray said Sayoc had been linked by a fingerprint to a package sent to the California congresswoman Maxine Waters. DNA possibly from Sayoc was also found in one of the packages, Wray said, stressing that they contained authentic explosives. “These are not hoax devices,” Wray said, adding that more could yet be in the mail. Three bombs were confirmed by authorities when charges were brought, bringing to 13 the number known to have been sent. None exploded before being found and no injuries were reported. The packages found on Friday were sent to two senators, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California; to James Clapper, a former director of national intelligence. Steyer, a donor to Democratic groups, said an additional suspect package addressed to him was intercepted in Burlingame, California....

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In recent years there has been an increase in “white powder” incidents in the UK

Posted by on May 30, 2018 in News | 0 comments

(BBC News 13th February 2018) White powder package sent to Westminster Police are investigating a suspicious package containing white powder that has been delivered to an office within the Palace of Westminster. The powder was contained in a letter which was assessed by specialists and found to be non-harmful. The office remains closed but the rest of the Palace of Westminster is open, police said. Detectives from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command have been informed and are investigating. White powder sent to Muslim centres in London (BBC News 2016) Counter-terrorism officers are investigating five incidents in which white powder was sent to Muslim centres, mosques and government buildings in London. A mosque in Leyton, a Muslim centre in Finsbury Park and another in Tottenham all received packages on Thursday. Muslim peer Lord Ahmed was also sent hate mail along with white powder. A government mail screening service at Newham also received white powder in a package. Three of the packages were found to be “not noxious or suspicious”, Scotland Yard said. Anthrax fears Aslam Hansa from the Noor Ul Islam Trust in Leyton said the envelope felt “suspicious and lumpy”. “When we opened it we saw it said ‘paki filth’ with a picture of a mosque and there was white powder inside. “We have a very good relationship with the local police and they said to call 999. “We’ve never really experienced anything like this before – it saddens us – but we’re grateful that it wasn’t anything worse and that nobody was hurt.” Security warning after powder sent to MP and SNP offices (BBC News 27 April 2017) Police have issued security advice after “suspicious packages” were sent to a Scottish MP, a council building and the SNP’s headquarters. Officers said the “white powder type substance” was delivered between 25 and 26 April. They said the packages were “associated with the forthcoming UK general election”. Those who received the packages include SNP MP John Nicolson and an Angus Council building in Forfar. Officers were called to Mr Nicolson’s office in East Dunbartonshire on Tuesday afternoon, while emergency services attended at Angus Council’s municipal buildings in Forfar on Wednesday. Police advice has been sent to all elected representatives across Scotland. The guidance includes actions that MPs, MSPs, councillors and their staff should take if suspicious mail is received at their offices. Assistant Chief Constable Wayne Mawson said emergency services were also responding to reports of suspicious packages delivered to the Scottish Police Federation building in Glasgow and to the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents based at the Scottish Police College, in Tulliallan, Fife, on Thursday. He said that at Tulliallan no dangerous or noxious substance was involved and emergency services had been stood down and...

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