Skip to comments.Regional Officials Take On a Simulated (biological) Terror Attack on L.A.
Posted on 09/04/2006 6:21:56 PM PDT by FairOpinion
The first hint of calamity came in deceptively routine form: a small fire in a rented Carson warehouse, apparently sparked by welders working on a lunch truck. But an investigation of that blaze turned up alarming details: respirators, a suspicious hookup on the truck, large sacks of rice flour.
Within weeks, those puzzling discoveries would plunge Los Angeles into a whirlwind as a routine fire probe rapidly spun into an international investigation, uncovering a terrorist weapons lab in Mexico and a plan to douse the nation's second-largest city with anthrax and ricin. By the 40th day of the crisis, panic-stricken residents were flooding area hospitals, which buckled under the strain and then reeled as terrorists targeted them as well, poisoning emergency rooms with the same deadly chemicals.
That scenario all of it hypothetical but built on the actions of real terrorists elsewhere was presented at an uncommon gathering last week: Ten of the region's leading public officials and anti-terrorism experts convened at The Times to respond to a simulated attack on Greater Los Angeles, testing their personal mettle and the region's systems for investigating and reacting to a deeply destabilizing threat.
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I'm sure they're watching season 3 of "24" to get some ideas.
Preparation for terror and terrorists is always a good thing.
P.S. I love that quote.
"...real terrorists elsewhere"
Poison the Burritos...
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