Title: Multiple Election Offices Targeted with Unknown Substances, FBI Investigates Possible Domestic Terrorism
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Multiple envelopes containing suspicious powdery substances have been sent to election offices in several states across the country, causing concern and prompting investigations by federal authorities. The FBI has confirmed that at least four envelopes have tested positive for fentanyl, a highly potent opioid, raising fears about potential acts of domestic terrorism.
Washington Secretary of State Steve Hobbs has labeled these incidents as acts of “domestic terrorism” and implemented precautionary measures, evacuating several election offices. In one of the envelopes intercepted in Washington state, a message was found stating the sender’s intent to “stop the election,” adding to the seriousness of the situation.
Georgia also experienced its share of suspicious mail, as a letter containing fentanyl was intercepted before reaching the election office. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger stated that no other counties in the state were targeted, providing some relief amid the chaos.
In Oregon, an election office temporarily closed after receiving a suspicious piece of mail. Fortunately, the incident did not impact election deadlines but caused a temporary delay in ballot counting. Meanwhile, in California, officials confirmed that the Postal Service had intercepted two suspicious envelopes aimed at local election facilities. The contents of these envelopes, however, have not been determined.
The Texas Department of Public Safety and the FBI are currently investigating a letter containing an unknown substance that was sent to the Attorney General’s office. Initial tests have come back negative, but authorities are taking the matter seriously.
While it remains unclear if the incidents in California, Oregon, and Texas are connected to the ones in Washington state and Georgia, the FBI has released images of the letters, shedding some light on the potential motive behind these acts. The images indicate the sender’s intent to “end elections now” and assert that “we are in charge now.”
These incidents are part of a concerning trend, as threats to election workers have increased in recent years. This rise in intimidation has resulted in a decline in the number of election workers after the 2020 presidential election. In response, the FBI and U.S. Postal Inspection Service are now collaborating with local law enforcement agencies to thoroughly investigate these incidents and identify the culprits.
As the investigation continues, authorities urge the public to stay vigilant and report any suspicious activity related to election offices or mail. This concerted effort aims to ensure the safety of election workers and maintain the sanctity of the electoral process.
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