2008年10月22日水曜日

米金融機関 脅迫状届く

米金融機関に脅迫状が届いた。
JPモルガン・チェースの全米各地の支店や事業所に、30通を超す脅迫状が
送り付けられていることが分かった。白い粉が入っているものもあったが、
FBIの調べでは有毒成分は検出なかった。
「JPモルガン・チェースの過去の行い」に対する脅迫といい、すべてテキサス
州南部アマリロから発送された。

脅迫状を受取った支店はすぐに店舗を閉め、翌日には開いたようだ。
脅迫状はマケインにも送られている。
想像すると、融資関係で恨みを持ち、公的資金投入に異論があるものの
犯行だろう。
JPモルガン・チェースの「過去の行い」を見たいものだ。


---銀行支店に粉入りの書簡 有毒成分は検出されず---
2008.10.22 Web posted at: 12:42 JST Updated - CNN
http://www.cnn.co.jp/usa/CNN200810220007.html

ワシントン(CNN) 米大手銀行JPモルガン・チェースの支店などに20日、不審な白い粉が入った書簡30通余りが送りつけられ、米連邦捜査局(FBI)と郵政監察サービスが調査に乗り出している。関係者が21日明らかにした。

FBI報道官によると、白い粉を検査した結果、健康被害を引き起こす成分は含まれていないことが判明した。書簡の文面は「銀行の状況」に怒りを表明する内容だったが、捜査中であることを理由に詳細は公表されていない。

書簡が送りつけられたのはコロラドとオクラホマ、イリノイ、ニューヨーク、ニュージャージー、オハイオ、ジョージア、テキサスの各州と、コロンビア特別区にある各銀行支店で、配達先はJPモルガンの支店に集中した。書簡はこのほか、連邦預金保険会社(FDIC)と財務省機関の金融監督局(OTS)にも送られた。


---JPモルガンに粉入り脅迫状 有毒成分は検出されず---
2008年10月22日 11時20分
http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/s/article/2008102201000176.html

 【ワシントン21日共同】米銀行大手JPモルガン・チェースの全米各地の支店や事業所に、30通を超す脅迫状が送り付けられていることが21日、分かった。白い粉が入っているものもあったが、連邦捜査局(FBI)の調べでは有毒成分は検出されておらず、けが人も出ていない。AP通信などが報じた。
 FBIは脅迫内容を明らかにしていないが、米国発の金融危機との関連を示す証拠は見つかっていないという。APによると、同銀の「過去の行い」に対する脅迫といい、すべてテキサス州南部から発送されたとみられる。
 同銀は20日、5支店に脅迫状が送られたことを明らかにし、ほかにも脅迫状が届いた支店があるとして調べていた。


---【金融危機】米銀に白い粉入りの脅迫状 有毒成分は検出されず
2008.10.22 09:52
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/world/america/081022/amr0810220953003-n1.htm

 米銀行大手JPモルガン・チェースの全米各地の支店や事業所に、30通を超す脅迫状が送り付けられていることが21日、分かった。白い粉が入っているものもあったが、連邦捜査局(FBI)の調べでは有毒成分は検出されておらず、けが人も出ていない。AP通信などが報じた。
 FBIは脅迫内容を明らかにしていないが、米国発の金融危機との関連を示す証拠は見つかっていないという。APによると、同銀の「過去の行い」に対する脅迫といい、すべてテキサス州南部から発送されたとみられる。
 米国では2001年の中枢同時テロ後、炭疽(たんそ)菌が入った郵便物がメディアや議員事務所に送りつけられて死者も出たため、「白い粉」は大きな騒ぎになる。8月には大統領選の共和党候補、マケイン上院議員の選挙事務所にも白い粉入りの脅迫状が送られている。(共同)


---Powder-laced letters sent to banks in 9 cities---
By LARA JAKES JORDAN 20-Nov-2008 14:51:21 PST
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5iarXEZUEg5nYG9VtPAqy3gZc-zmQD93V5RLO1

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 30 letters containing a suspicious powder were mailed to Chase banks in nine cities, authorities said Tuesday in what was being investigated as a first, if extreme, public backlash over the nation's financial crisis.

Initial tests on the powder proved negative for poisonous or otherwise dangerous toxins, the FBI said. An FBI spokesman in Oklahoma, where eight letters turned up, said local preliminary assessments showed the powder was harmless calcium.

Additional tests were being run on the letters Tuesday as officials zeroed in on possible suspects near Amarillo, Texas, where the letters were postmarked.

"Most of these letters contain a powder substance with a threatening communication," the FBI said in a statement.

"Even sending a hoax letter is a serious crime," the FBI said.

A law enforcement official said the letters were mailed to Chase bank branches in or near Atlanta, Chicago, Columbus, Ohio, Dallas, Denver, Newark, N.J., New York City, Oklahoma City and Washington. They all appear to be from the same source and began showing up at the banks on Monday, according to the official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

A second law enforcement official, also speaking anonymously under the same conditions, said authorities were looking into whether the letters were sent in anger due to the cratering economy. Authorities would not release the text of the letters, but Gary Johnson, a spokesman at the FBI field office in Oklahoma City, said the threat was "based on past actions of the bank" and that the letters implied that the opener was going to die.

U.S. Postal inspector JoJan Henderson confirmed that the letters appeared to be related. The U.S. Postal Service and state and local officials also were investigating.

The letters were sent against a backdrop of eroding trust in U.S. financial institutions. The country is battling its worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s, where borrowing money has become much more difficult and a lot more expensive for consumers and businesses. The situation has roiled Wall Street and threatens to plunge the U.S. economy into a deep recession.

One of the main goals of Washington policymakers is to restore confidence in the banking and financial system. To do so, the government has announced a flurry of drastic actions in recent weeks. The government is injecting billions into the country's biggest banks in return for partial ownership. It is also guaranteeing new bank debt and has boosted deposit insurance from $100,000 to $250,000.

The crisis has left home foreclosures at record highs, has shriveled Americans' nest eggs and has catapulted unemployment.

No injuries were reported after any of the letters were opened. Mary Jane Rogers, a spokeswoman for JP Morgan Chase & Co., said some employees, including a pregnant woman, were examined as a precaution.

Eight banks in the Denver area and eight in the Oklahoma City area received letters containing white powder, officials there said. All Denver branches reopened Tuesday.

Nine branches in New Jersey and a Chase credit card center in Elgin, Ill., also received similar threatening letters, said Greg Hassell, a JP Morgan Chase spokesman in Houston. The credit card processing center in Elgin is about 30 miles northwest of Chicago.

Susan Olafson, public information officer for the city of Elgin, said the facility there received two letters, one Monday night and one Tuesday. She said both letters were mailed from Amarillo.

Hassell said authorities were in the process of clearing those locations, and some of those nine New Jersey branches were still closed as of Tuesday afternoon.

Jeff Lyttle, a spokesman for JPMorgan Chase in Ohio, said a Chase branch in the Columbus suburb of Grove City received a threatening letter on Monday. The branch was closed for a short time and reopened at about 2 p.m., Lyttle said. No employees were injured. Lyttle said he was unaware of other Chase branches in Ohio that received letters.

All the suspicious mail that has been tested has turned out to be harmless, Hassell said, but other Chase branches around the country "are on alert."

Associated Press writers Madlen Read in New York, Karen Hawkins in Chicago, Judith Kohler in Denver and Jeannine Aversa in Washington contributed to this report.

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