US has Al Qaeda concerns over ricin bomb attacks

Posted Aug 15, 2011 by KJ Mullins
There is growing concern in the United States that al Qaeda could be gaining knowledge on how to use a poison so deadly it takes mere grains to kill an adult.
Castor oil is a vegetable oil obtained from the castor bean
Castor oil is a vegetable oil obtained from the castor bean
United States Department of Agriculture
According to a report in the New York Times al Qaeda is close to being able to make ricin bombs. If inhaled or gets into the blood stream ricin kills.
There are reports that an affiliate in Yemen with the terrorist group was attempting to purchase large quantities of castor beans. Ricin is a by-product of those beans.
If al Qaeda does figure a way to explode the poison it would be a lethal threat. Targets would be in contained places like a subway station or mall. While there is no indiction that an attack is about to take place there is concern.
“The potential threat of weapons of mass destruction, likely in a simpler form than what people might imagine but still a form that would have a significant psychological impact, from Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen, is very, very real,” Michael E. Leiter, who retired recently as director of the National Counterterrorism Center, said at a security conference last month reports the New York Times. “It’s not hard to develop ricin.”
Saudi intelligence officials have spoke about a twist to the ricin plans. According to the officials Qaeda operatives were trying to put ricin in perfume bottles to be sent as gifts to those in the government, law enforcement and military offices. There is no knowledge that the plot succeeded.
[url=http:// t=_blank]Ricin is most toxic when it is injected, inhaled or ingested. Those who survive from poisoning suffer long term organ damage. The poison acts like cobra venom acting about 8 hours after exposure. The victim would have respiratory distress, fever, cough, nausea, and tightness in their chest. Death generally takes place within 36 to 72 hours.