Ricin found at Vegas hotel

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Police in Las Vegas, Nevada, are investigating the discovery of what they said is the deadly poison ricin in a hotel room.

Preliminary tests show the substance is ricin, authorities said, but other tests to confirm it are under way. …

Authorities were called to an Extended Stay America hotel around 3
p.m. PT Thursday after a man brought a bag with a small container to
the manager’s office. The man said he found it while retrieving items
from a hotel room.

The substance is "100 percent ricin," [police captain Joe] Lombardo said.

The FBI says it sees no link to terrorism. I love how they always say that, even before anyone has any idea what’s going on. "We don’t know who did this, or why, in fact we have no clue what’s going on, but we see no link to terrorism." Not that I’m suggesting it is linked to terrorism, I just think sometimes the denials are premature. (Then again, it doesn’t help that the media asks the question about everything. "Excuse me, Mr. FBI Spokesman? Joan Smith’s house in Paducah, Kentucky just burned down. Do you suspect a link to terrorism?")

3 Responses to “Ricin found at Vegas hotel”

  1. 4-7 says:

    sounds to me that the motel just has a huge rat problem. gross!

  2. Angrier and Angrier says:

    I don’t know how you can dismiss 100% pure ricin as not being part of a terrorist plot when there really is no practical purpose for someone to have it in a hotel room in Vegas. It’s like finding a nuclear warhead in someone’s room and saying, “Well, we don’t suspect terrorism at this time.” Really?

  3. Jay Johnson says:

    While Ms. Joan Smith’s home in Paducah may not necessarily be a source of terrorist attack, Paducah itself might be, as there is a nuclear gasseous diffusion plant there.