Noose found near CIA facility in Virginia: report

An object thought to be a noose was found outside a secret facility in Virginia used by the CIA, according to The New York Times.

Those familiar with the situation said CIA Director William J. Burns shared news of the discovery internally last week.

The location involved in the incident is believed to be a small facility in a building that has multiple businesses. It remains unclear if the object was designed to be a noose, or if it intentionally targeted the CIA location, and is not necessarily believed to have been left by a CIA employee, notes the Times.

“The CIA has zero tolerance for hateful actions or symbols and treats such incidents with the utmost seriousness,” said Susan Miller, a CIA spokeswoman. “Our values ​​and our vital national security mission demand that we uphold nothing less than the highest standards of inclusiveness and safety.”

Several incidents of nooses or noose-like objects have been reported at businesses and organizations across the country in recent years. Recently, Stanford University announced that it was investigating a noose found on campus as a hate crime.

“It is deeply disturbing that someone would choose to inflict this repugnant symbol on our community,” Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne said in a statement released in May.

Amanda J. Marsh