Category Archives: Terrorism

False Positives: More Common Than You Think

Earlier this month when Facebook’s Sarin nerve agent threat hit the news it highlighted a reality often overlooked when planning for emergencies: the most common end state of an emergency situation is that of a false alarm.  By the end of the day, the apparent nerve agent threat was deemed a false positive.  In most […]

Ricin: A Threat Yes But Not Often Fatal

Ricin was found this week on letters at two separate prison mailrooms in California.  Ricin, naturally found in castor beans, is extremely toxic and easily refined into the deadly poison.  This toxin has been used in warfare, although some applications violated ethical conventions, and assassinations since World War One. How did ricin get into two […]

USPS Drops Size Allocations for Collection Bins

USPS Seemingly Small Size Standards Change Is Actually Extremely Significant In direct response to recent pressures regarding mail-borne threats, the United States Postal Service (USPS) reduced the acceptable size of mail deposited in blue collection boxes.  Acknowledging that the majority of mail hazards are deposited in USPS collection boxes, this change will affect future threats […]

“Postal Terrorism” Surprisingly Common

Hazmat response to a white powder letter in San Antonio, TX

Postal Terrorism has led the headlines recently because of the pipe bomb letters from October.  Nothing makes headlines more than the word “bomb”.  When it’s such a high profile case as the letter bombs from October, everyone is on edge for a bit.  After a while, we start to focus on other news stories and […]

Pipe Bomb Hand Delivered to George Soros, Clintons, Obamas

An employee at George Soros’ West Chester County residence in New York State opened a package delivered that contained a pipe bomb with black powder on Tuesday.  In addition, Bill and Hilary Clinton received a similar explosive device in a letter sent to their suburban New York residence.  The Obamas were also targeted, but their […]

White Powder, Unknown Substance, Letter Bombs

White Powder, Letter Bombs

When it comes to mail room security, it’s a cat and mouse game.  There is no perfect one-size-fits-all solution.  Whether it’s suspicious powder, or letter bombs, the goal in mail room security is to be as diligent as possible.  Mail rooms are still the weakest link in physical security.  This week we’ve seen more examples […]