President Bush and Homeland Security Director Michael Chertoff speak in regards to emerging Las Vegas ricin incident.
Washington, DC (Rotters) - President Bush, appearing with Homeland security Director Michael Chertoff early this morning at a White House press conference, officially elevated the national terror alert system to the color code Orange, representing a high probability for terrorist activities. The elevation came in response to the presumed discovery of the highly toxic chemical ricin at a Las Vegas motel late yesterday.
"Perhaps this might turn out to be a case of premature ejac... er... exaggeration," stated President Bush in regards to the terror alert," but we have been simply left with no alternative. I take my duties to protect America very seriously. It is possible that the substance in question might turn out not to be ricin, but without warrantless wiretapping thanks to the Democrat controlled Congress' inability to pass a bipartisan measure, it may be too late to spread panic before we know for sure."
Homeland security Director Michael Chertoff seconded the president's concern. "The reality is that we are ramping up for more of these terror warning elevations, both justified and false alarms, because the truth of the matter is we just don't know."
Chertoff went on to say that Homeland security had swung into high gear, and would be investigating nationwide every level of America's castor bean production, and was considering a national recall of castor oil. Tests later today would likely clarify the identity of the compound and possibly its origins, but Chertoff stated that this would come too late to amplify the necessary initial sense of panic needed.
"I think it's very ironic that this incident surfaced in Nevada," concluded Bush. "I hope it will send a message to Senator Reid and other like-minded individuals in Congress that the telephone companies must have immunity so that we're able to know everything that's going on in this country ahead of time."