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Another Anthrax Hoax

It starts with a rather brief and almost innocuous news release from the FBI. Eight governors received envelopes containing a white powder. All of the letters were postmarked Dallas, Texas. This started yesterday with only seven, and as of a few minutes ago, now Texas governor Rick Perry had received one (now the tenth such letter).

If the potential implications weren’t so serious, it might be easy to dismiss this as a rash of pranks. But as we approach the Christmas rush and the onslaught of Holiday mail it is a problem that impacts public safety by distracting personnel from other duties.

Hoaxes of this type are dangerous at any time of the year. Hopefully, the FBI will identify the perpetrators and provide them with a small room in which to spend the next few years.