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  • sigakingone sigakingone Oct 12, 2013 4:40 PM Flag

    U.S. Vulnerable to Bio Warfare Attack

     

    October 11, 2013 6:12 pm
    U.S. Vulnerable to Bio Warfare Attack

    The United States remains vulnerable to deadly biological warfare attacks that could kill tens of thousands of people, several weapons specialists told Congress on Friday.
    Four bioweapons experts told the House Armed Services subcommittee on emerging threats that terrorists could easily manufacture bacterial weapons like tularemia, an infectious disease that U.S. bioweapons tests in the 1960s revealed capable of producing deaths in the tens of thousands through weaponized infectious diseases.

    Rogue states like North Korea and Syria also are suspected of having germ weapons and stockpiles, the experts said.

    “Unfortunately, some of the best potential bioweapons exist in nature and are readily available,” retired Army Maj. Gen. Phillip Russell told the hearing.

    “This information is widely available on the Internet,” he said. “The equipment is for sale on the Internet. We have seen a tremendous shift of advantage to the adversaries, in this regard, because of the ability of a very small group of people with the expertise to manufacture these weapons. And the weapons are very, very dangerous.”

    Russell warned that the Pentagon is unprepared for an attack using biological weapons and has no preventive medical countermeasures for two of the most deadly agents.

    “I believe that a significant national vulnerability exists that will persist unless action is taken to improve our countermeasures development efforts,” he said.

    Brett Giroir, vice chancellor for strategic initiatives at Texas A&M University said he also worries about biological weapons attacks.

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    • The US is more vulnerable to economic collapse than to bio-warfare attacks given government dysfunction in Washington. Millions of Americans are being affected by these political shenanigans.

      • 1 Reply to dofussdummy
      • Almost True,dofuss!

        But a bio attack would accelerate & compound the economic collapse.
        Fortunately, BARDA et al have sounded and are sounding the bio attack alarm and acting as best as they can for the country to be prepared,NWJ?
        Evidence that BARDA is trying: a $2.8B contract award to a small bio with THE ONLY CURE for smallpox......(that was temporarily/partially thwarted by that gov. dysfunction and their malicious "contributors"),NWJ?

        IMO

        Sentiment: Strong Buy

 
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