June 26, 2006

Calif. port closed after threat found in ship

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Authorities closed a major
California port on Monday after finding a written threat,
apparently directed at President Bush, in the hold of a cargo

"We got a report that there was a threatening message
written on one of the stanchions in the cargo hold of a ship
called Mild Lotus," outside California's Port Hueneme, U.S.
Coast Guard Spokesman Patrick Sullivan said.

"Apparently a longshoreman who was working on the vessel
saw the message," he said. He added that the port had been
closed pending further investigation.

A second Coast Guard spokesman said the threat appeared to
be directed at Bush and said, in part, "This nitro's for you."

The port of Hueneme, 60 miles north of Los Angeles, is the
only commercial deep-water port between Los Angeles and San
Francisco and serves as a point of import and export for
automobiles, produce and forest products.

It is also the only military deep-water port between San
Diego and Puget Sound.