- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 16, 2001

A letter dated Sept. 18 and opened yesterday at the office of Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle tested positive for anthrax. It does not appear that anyone was harmed by this barbaric biological attack, and Mr. Daschle's office was evacuated and quarantined even as his staffers were being evaluated and treated. This calm, well-choreographed response was due in some measure to the quick action of U.S. Capitol Police.

As a result, the Senate temporarily stopped accepting mail deliveries, and congressional staffers were ordered to delay opening mail. Incoming mail will now receive heavy screening, and other precautions may soon be taken. Many other precautions have been taken around the District to prevent or at least, to mitigate further attacks. Those necessary measures include the occasional growl of fighter airplanes patrolling overhead and the less frequent scream of commercial airliners jetting out of Reagan National. Carefully screening congressional mail appears to be necessary now as well.


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