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05-04-2011, 11:30 AM
Suspicious packages reported across U.S. in wake of Osama bin Laden's death

Published: Wednesday, May 04, 2011, 6:00 AM Updated: Wednesday, May 04, 2011, 9:22 AM

SPRINGFIELD, MASS. - Following the death of Osama bin Laden in a raid by U.S. Navy SEALs in Pakistan, President Barack Obama and other U.S. officials warned that even if al Qaeda was not poised to launch a major retaliatory attack, an increased threat from "homegrown extremists" exists.

That threat seems to have caught the public's attention with almost a dozen suspicious packages reported across the nation since the news of bin Laden's death was announced late Sunday.

In Massachusetts on Tuesday, there were at least four incidents involving suspicious packages.

An unknown white powder was found in envelopes addressed to Attorney General Martha Coakley and U.S. Sen. Scott Brown in downtown Boston, as well as in an envelope addressed to the court clerk at Greenfield District Court. A similar substance was reportedly found in the John F. Kennedy Federal Office Building in Boston.

Preliminary reports all indicated the substances weren't dangerous, but further tests are being conducted at state labs.

The Greenfield incident prompted officials to evacuate and close the Franklin County Courthouse Tuesday afternoon. The courthouse later reopened and it was business as usual on Wednesday, according to court personnel.

In New York City, perhaps the most vigilant municipality in the country, a suspicious package report from Times Square came in just as officials at a news conference held at Ground Zero urged the public to remain calm and vigilant in the face of new threats from terrorist groups across the globe.
911 ap.jpg(AP File Photo)With the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 still fresh in the minds of many, Americans are increasingly vigilant about reporting suspicious activity to authorities.

The New York Police Department moved in quickly and determined the package was only a bag of garbage. But despite the high volume of such reports since Sunday, officials are playing it safe, carefully investigating each incident and hoping for the best.

More at the link.

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05-04-2011, 11:41 AM
this is the main reason Obongo won't release those photo's