From: Otis Willie
Subject: FBI Runs Anthrax Drills in Fla.
Organization: The American War Library
NNTP-Posting-Date: Sat, 31 Aug 2002 02:05:24 EDT
Date: Sat, 31 Aug 2002 06:05:24 GMT
FBI Runs Anthrax Drills in Fla.
(EXCERPT) Thu Aug 29, 8:53 PM ET, by JILL BARTON, Associated Press
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - FBI ( news - web sites) agents and scientists
ran through decontamination drills Thursday before a planned search of
the quarantined home of The National Enquirer for clues in last year's
The teams planned to enter the headquarters of tabloid publisher
American Media Inc. Friday to take thousands of samples and search for
the letter or package that brought anthrax spores into the building,
killing a photo editor.
The FBI wants to compare the samples to the anthrax-tainted letters
mailed last fall to the Washington offices of U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy
and Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle.
The fenced-off parking lot, mostly vacant since the publisher's
headquarters was quarantined Oct. 7, is now filled with mobile police
units, tents, trailers and a row of portable toilets.
In the decontamination drills, workers in white protective suits,
boots and air masks are washed with a bleach mixture after they drop
off tools and samples, said police Cmdr. Maria Maughan. The air inside
the tent surrounding them is monitored for signs of anthrax.
Photo editor Robert Stevens died and a mailroom employee was
hospitalized for weeks in the nation's first anthrax attack. Anthrax
was also sent through the mail to media outlets in New York and a
congressional building in Washington, killing four others and
sickening more than a dozen people.
After it was quarantined, American Media leased nearby offices to
publish its six supermarket tabloids, including the Enquirer, Globe
and Weekly World News.
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