John on December 3, 2008 at 12:37 am
A bipartisan report on WMD is being issued today which will apparently warn the new President that the chance of an attack on America between now and 2013 is strong:
The commission believes biological weapons are more likely to be obtained and used before nuclear or radioactive weapons because nuclear facilities are more carefully guarded.
Civilian laboratories with potentially dangerous pathogens abound, however, and could easily be compromised.
‘The biological threat is greater than the nuclear; the acquisition of deadly pathogens, and their weaponisation and dissemination in aerosol form, would entail fewer technical hurdles than the theft or production of weapons-grade uranium or plutonium and its assembly into an improvised nuclear device,’ the report says.
Senator Bob Graham of Florida, chairman of the study, said anthrax remains the most likely biological weapon. However, he said contagious diseases, such as the influenza strain that killed 40 million early in the 20th century, are looming threats.
That virus has been recreated in scientific labs, and there remains no innoculation to protect against it should it be stolen and released.
Senator Graham added that the threat of a terror attack using nuclear or biological weapons is growing ‘not because we have not done positive things but because adversaries are moving at an even faster pace to increase their access’ to those materials.
Of course Mumbai shows us that ten lunatics loaded with ordinary weapons can cause plenty of mayhem.
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