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Keep overalls and footwear available in case staff need to remove contaminated clothing. Make certain that post opening areas can be promptly evacuated. Rehearse evacuation procedures and routes, which should include washing facilities in which contaminated staff could be isolated and treated. Prepare signs for display to staff in the event of a suspected or actual attack. Here we find that not only are objects (in this case letters and packages) to be understood in new ways as part of a new category (as terrorist threats) and not only are particular people at risk (small to medium-sized business postrooms), but also that those at risk and those who should take responsibility for managing the threat should reorient the organisation’s activities around the threat.

28 Technologies of InSecurity • • • • • • • • • • • • • The address has been printed unevenly or in an unusual way. The writing is in an unfamiliar foreign style. There are unusual postmarks or postage paid marks. A Jiffy bag, or similar padded envelope, has been used. It seems unusually heavy for its size. Most letters weigh up to about 30g, whereas most effective letter bombs weigh 50–100g and are 5mm or more thick. It has more than the appropriate value of stamps for its size and weight. It is marked ‘personal’ or ‘confidential’.

In the ANT sense, this assemblage might be cut at certain points through organisational protocols such that, for example, airport security staff might disrupt networks to remove particular human (potential terrorists) and non-human (bottles of water) members of the network in order to retain the integrity of the assemblage. We could also think of these assemblages in more open or closed terms with letters, for example, potentially incorporating an assemblage comprising an entire organisation (all the members of the organisation who might be potential recipients of the letter) or black-boxed delegates of aggregate organisational representation (for example, through postal pigeonholes acting as proxy representatives for organisational departments).

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