UDT provides analysis of Alabama anthrax scare

Early warning monitoring technology developer Universal Detection Technology has issued an analysis of the recent anthrax scares in government buildings across Alabama.

During that scare, envelopes with white powder contained within were sent to five Alabama cities, which resulted in two federal courthouses shutting down Monday. Additionally, one congressman was trapped in his office as authorities tested the substance.

“Each letter contained a small bag with a white powdery substance, and neither of these bags were opened,” Mike Lewis, a spokesman for Rep. Jo Bonner, said.

In addition to letters sent to Rep. Bonner, letters were also mailed to the offices of U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers and U.S. Sens. Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby.

“The recent white powder scares are a reminder that the bioterrorism threats are imminent and can strike anywhere, anytime,” Jacques Tizabi, Universal Detection Technology’s CEO, said. “No one can be sure in a case like this whether the substance at hand is truly anthrax or not without the proper detection equipment, so it is imperative that first responders treat every incident as an actual attack and are equipped with the appropriate tools to detect the presence of a bonafied bioweapon."

A 2009 FBI report revealed that more than 900 threats made with envelopes containing white powder meant to look like anthrax had been investigated.

“Interesting enough, over the past two-years, the FBI has responded to over 900 of these threat letters,” said FBI spokesman Rich Kolko. “Even sending a hoax letter is a serious crime."