The color-coded national security index flashed bright orange earlier this week when a death threat toward President Bush was found in the hull of a banana boat unloading at the Port of Hueneme near Oxnard. The massive 135-acre port went into immediate lockdown Monday afternoon after a crude note was found written on a beam in the bowels of the Panamanian-based vessel Wild Lotus. The message – scrawled in black magic marker – read, “Nitro + glycerin a gift for G.W. Bush and his Jewish gang.” The port was closed for several hours while local, state, and federal agencies scoured the harbor, boats, and ocean floor for explosives; none were found. The Port of Hueneme is the only deepwater harbor between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and one of the country’s most used seaports for citrus export and automobile and banana imports.
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Originally published 12:00 p.m., June 29, 2006
Updated 3:10 p.m., July 20, 2006
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