- The Washington Times - Friday, February 14, 2003

BOSTON, Feb. 14 (UPI) — Postal authorities investigated a suspicious letter mailed Friday to President Bush at Boston's historic Faneuil Hall.

Investigators believe the letter, containing an undetermined substance, was similar to others mailed in Boston by groups opposed to a war with Iraq.

The letter was taken by hazardous materials personnel to the state crime lab for analysis, Assistant U.S. Postal Inspector Harold Lane told United Press International.

"We should have an answer pretty soon" as to what the substance is, Lane said.

Lane said "a lady" mailed the letter Friday in the small Post Office inside Faneuil Hall, and after she left a postal employee "saw what he believed to be some kind of powder or spongy material inside the letter" and called police.

Two postal workers who came in contact with the letter underwent decontamination. The letter had not been processed through any machinery.

This was not the first such letter Boston postal authorities have seen recently, Lane said.

"There's a group of war protesters that have been mailing these letters to the president," he said, some with rice, with the apparent message, "like, feed the people of Iraq."

"We've gotten prior letters of the same thing, protesting the potential war," Lane said. "We believe this is the same group and same type of letter."

He said he was not aware of similar letters being mailed to the president from anywhere else in the nation.

As far as he knew, the woman had not been located, Lane said.

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