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  • Experts: Smallpox could be sent in mail

    04/26/2005 9:19:00 AM PDT · by aculeus · 6 replies · 448+ views
    Science ^ | April 26, 2005 | UPI
    WASHINGTON, April 26 (UPI) -- Terrorists could spread smallpox via infected letters, similar to the 2001 U.S. anthrax attacks, bioweapon experts told United Press International. The experts' comments were spurred by an article in the May issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases, which describes twin outbreaks of smallpox in 1901 that were traced to infected letters. Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta doubted that smallpox could be spread through infected letters, but several bioweapons experts thought otherwise. D.A. Henderson, of the Center for Biosecurity at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, said it was possible to...
  • Fear bio-terrorist may spread plague

    04/10/2005 11:42:01 PM PDT · by BigFinn · 11 replies · 499+ views
    WMD ^ | April 11, 2005 | Joseph Farah
    Among the concerns is the possibility terrorists on a suicide mission might deliberately travel to Marburg-infested areas and then travel back to the capital of Luanda on their way to the West. A severe form of hemorrhagic fever akin to Ebola, the Marburg virus spreads on contact with the fluids the body produces in reaction to it, such as blood, urine, excrement, vomit and saliva.
  • CSPAN2-Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) Statement on Bio-Terror

    04/06/2005 2:17:13 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 10 replies · 770+ views
    CSPAN2 ^ | 04-06-05 | Judd Gregg
    I will try to find the entire speech later, but I wanted to pass this amazing fact just announced on the floor of the Senate by Judd Gregg: In 2001, the U.S. had, on hand, 9,000 smallpox vaccines. Today, after the work of this Congress and administration, the U.S. has 300,000,000. No, that is NO misprint: from 9,000 to 300 Million. And some assert this President hasn't done his job in fighting the War on Terror at home.
  • Al-Qaeda 'making Agent X advances' (Bioterror)

    03/31/2005 8:50:54 PM PST · by Straight Vermonter · 16 replies · 855+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 01apr05
    THE al-Qaeda terror group made unexpected advances in developing a virulent biological strain - dubbed "Agent X" - before the September 11, 2001, attacks, a US presidential commission on US intelligence operations said today. The commission said in its final report that intelligence analysts were "surprised by the intentions and level of research and development" uncovered after the US invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001. The commission, appointed by US President George W. Bush in response to intelligence failures in Iraq, said US intelligence had long held that al-Qaeda members had trained in crude methods for producing biological agents such...
  • Data on ER visits, pharmacy sales may help war on terror (Syndromic surveillance)

    03/29/2005 4:26:13 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 13 replies · 901+ views ^ | 3 29 05 | JOHN DOBBERSTEIN
    In the fight against terrorism, few stones are left unturned. Every day, patient data from a handful of emergency rooms is sent to the Indiana State Department of Health to be crunched and analyzed. An epidemiologist watches intently for upward trends in rashes, fevers and unexplained deaths. Or a sudden surge in over-the-counter drug sales. The practice -- called syndromic surveillance -- broke onto the public health scene immediately after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and later anthrax deaths. The surveillance method is widely viewed as a tool to detect a possible bioterrorism attack. Computers allow the instant sharing...
  • Bioterrorism Readiness Tests to be Run at Rutgers

    03/25/2005 12:32:15 PM PST · by genefromjersey · 7 replies · 581+ views
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  • Stanford scientists protest bio-terror research priority

    03/03/2005 6:15:26 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies · 364+ views
    Palo Alto Online ^ | Wednesday, March 2, 2005
    Ten Stanford University faculty members, including a Nobel Prize winner, have signed a letter with 700 other scientists nationally protesting a federal policy that prioritizes bio-terrorism research over public-health issues. The letter was sent to National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Elias Zerhouni on Monday, Feb. 28. “The diversion of research funds from projects of high public-health importance to projects of high biodefense but low public-health importance represents a misdirection of NIH priorities and a crisis for NIH-supported microbial research,” the letter states. Stanford scientists who signed the letter include Arthur Kornberg, a Nobel Prize winner, and Charles Yanofsky, who...
  • Top US biologists oppose biodefence boom

    03/01/2005 9:11:14 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 13 replies · 581+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 3/1/05 | Debora MacKenzie
    Efforts to defend the US against bioterrorists - by throwing money at research - are backfiring, says a 750-strong group of top scientists The US has poured billions of dollars into biodefence research since its anthrax attacks in 2001. More than half of the US scientists studying bacterial diseases have this week written to the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) - their main funding agency - charging that the largess has created "a crisis for microbiological research". "We are staging a no-confidence vote," says Richard Ebright of Rutgers University in New Jersey, who organised the protest. In an open...
  • US Biologists Having Hissy Fit Over Biodefense Research

    03/01/2005 9:04:07 AM PST · by genefromjersey · 3 replies · 544+ views
    How soon we forget !! The Anthrax murders of 2001-believed by many to have been a "second wave" accompaniment to the 9/11 outrages - spurred renewed interest in-and funding for-bioterror detection and prevention. A group of US scientists-apparently miffed because their pet projects have not received as much attention (although funding has not diminished-is pitching a national hissy fit. "How dare the government attempt to protect us against the horrors of biowar when we are working on important stuff -like dandruff,and athlete's foot,and,and...."
  • Interpol chief warns of bio-terrorism attack threat

    02/23/2005 9:48:36 AM PST · by QQQQQ · 9 replies · 606+ views
    ABS-CBN News ^ | Feb. 23, 2005 | Reuters
    LONDON - The threat of a biological terrorist strike by al Qaeda is very real but the world is still not prepared, the head of Interpol said. Ronald Noble said governments, police and security services were more organized than ever before but he warned it would be wrong to assume the threat from Osama bin Laden's group, blamed for the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States, had eased. "The terrorist threat is as real today as in 2001 when September 11 occurred," Noble said in an interview with the BBC late on Tuesday. "The number of terrorist attacks that...
  • Nutcase/bioterror/Barnes&Nobles

    02/20/2005 1:44:42 AM PST · by Avenger · 69 replies · 1,689+ views
    Me | Feb 20, 2005 | Me
    Ok, tonight I was at Barnes&Nobles with a couple of my classmates. We were sitting in the coffee shop reading Unte Reader with all the other Leftists (kidding!) Anyways, this guy walks in, and immediately my spidey sense starts to tingle. He kinda walks around the coffee shop and looks around a bit and then leaves - I was of course eyeing him the whole time. About 5 minutes later him comes in again. This time he draws out of his pants pocket a small white plastic spray bottle and starts spraying it around the room - trying to be...
  • Oil-for-Food a Failure From the Start? (Saddam bio labs, to put sarin in perfume bottles)

    02/12/2005 8:49:38 AM PST · by FairOpinion · 67 replies · 5,091+ views
    FoxNews ^ | Feb. 11, 2005 | FoxNews
    The Iraqi Survey Group also found that supposed "humanitarian" imports under Oil-for-Food gave Saddam the ability to restart his biological and chemical warfare programs at a moment's notice. Spertzel said what scared him the most in Iraq was the discovery of secret labs to make deadly weapons like the nerve agent, sarin, and the biological poison, ricin, in spray form. "If that were released in a closed [area], such as Madison Square Garden or, even some, some of your smaller closed malls, shopping malls, it would have a devastating effect … killing hundreds or thousands," Spertzel said. But Spertzel believes...
  • CBS Exclusive: Contaminated Money (with virus)

    02/08/2005 12:31:05 PM PST · by QQQQQ · 54 replies · 1,818+ views
    CBS via DrudgeReport ^ | Jan. 28, 2005 | CBS
    PHILADELPHIA (KYW) Money that has been contaminated with a virus; it’s a whole new possible direction for bioterrorism. It is a case that the FBI terrorism unit has taken over from state police that involves several cities, including Philadelphia. As CBS 3’s Tamsen Fadal reports, the unit is trying to determine whether or not a virus was actually placed over money to protect the interest of the Russian mob. In an exclusive investigation, CBS 3 has obtained documents detailing a bizarre criminal plot involving a virus, suspected drug money, and the Russian mob in Northeast Philadelphia. Earlier this month, Pennsylvania...
  • Bioterror lab plans spark debate; universities try to slip these into towns without notice

    02/01/2005 8:45:20 AM PST · by pabianice · 4 replies · 544+ views
    Blackstone Daily ^ | 1/25/05 | Onorato
    Tufts Projects Lack of Community Cooperation Again At the 11 3/4th hour, Tufts officials (Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, Grafton, MA) came to the Grafton Board of Selectmen to ask for unanimous support for a NIAID grant they are seeking which would fund a self-contained building to "To focus attention on the agents that pose great risks in the event of a bioterrorist attack, the NIAID compiled a list of the Category A, B, and C priority pathogens ( A strategic plan defining short and long-term goals aimed at protecting the United States against attacks using these agents was...
  • Call for New 'Manhattan Project' to Fight Bioterror (Frist)

    01/27/2005 1:28:57 PM PST · by anymouse · 11 replies · 1,392+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jan 27. 2005 | Ben Hirschler
    DAVOS, Switzerland - The world needs an effort similar to that behind the creation of the atomic bomb to tackle the multi-faceted threat of biowarfare, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Thursday. "We need to do something that even dwarfs the Manhattan project," Frist told the World Economic Forum in Davos. The Manhattan project was the codename for the United States's World War II effort to devise an atomic weapon. "The greatest existential threat we have in the world today is biological. Why? Because unlike any other threat it has the power of panic and paralysis to be global."...
  • Infection heightens fear of Boston biosafety lab

    01/24/2005 5:00:35 AM PST · by ninonitti · 10 replies · 887+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | January 24, 2005 | By Jonathan Finer
    <p>BOSTON — The revelation last week that a laboratory slip-up led three Boston University scientists to become infected with tularemia, a flulike disease sometimes referred to as "rabbit fever," has fueled criticism of a plan to build a state-of-the-art research lab to study some of the world's most lethal germs in Boston's South End.</p>
  • Squad Seeks Tips in Death of Researcher (Tinfoil Time - Another Microbiologist Murdered - #12)

    01/12/2005 8:25:44 AM PST · by IncPen · 38 replies · 2,516+ views
    Columbia Daily Tribune ^ | Sunday, January 9, 2005 | By MIKE WELLS
    A retired research assistant professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia died of multiple stab wounds before firefighters found in his body in the trunk of a burning car Friday. Im Boone County Medical Examiner Valerie Rao said after an autopsy that Jeong H. Im, 72, of Columbia was stabbed several times, but she declined to elaborate. MU police yesterday named Im as the victim. His body was found in the trunk of his burning white, 1995 Honda inside the Maryland Avenue parking garage, MU police Capt. Brian Weimer said. The case was under investigation by the Mid-Missouri Major Case...
  • A DNA Success Raises Bioterror Concern

    01/11/2005 10:42:52 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 600+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 12, 2005 | NICHOLAS WADE
    Researchers have made an unexpectedly sudden advance in synthesizing long molecules of DNA, bringing them closer to the goal of redesigning genes and programming cells to make pharmaceuticals. But the success also puts within reach the manufacture of small genomes, such as those of viruses and perhaps certain bacteria. Some biologists fear that the technique might be used to make the genome of the smallpox virus, one of the few pathogens that cannot easily be collected from the wild. The advance, described in the Jan. 6 issue of the journal Nature by Dr. George M. Church of the Harvard Medical...
  • DOD May Restart Anthrax Shots

    12/16/2004 8:37:29 AM PST · by joesnuffy · 2 replies · 268+ views
    Military Dot Com ^ | Dec. 16. '04 | UPI
    DoD May Restart Anthrax Shots United Press International December 16, 2004 WASHINGTON - Several months after a federal court ruled against the Department of Defense's mandatory anthrax vaccination program, the DOD has requested an emergency ruling so it can continue to give the controversial vaccine to soldiers. The authorization request was made in a letter from Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz to outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson. "I have determined there is a significant potential for a military emergency involving a heightened risk to the United States military forces of an attack with anthrax," said Wolfowitz...
  • Researcher: Innocuous Anthrax from Colorado Used in 1993 Cult Attack in Tokyo

    02/18/2003 3:46:58 PM PST · by Shermy · 18 replies · 495+ views
    AP ^ | February 18, 2003
    DENVER - A Japanese cult attacked Tokyo in 1993 with an innocuous, readily available strain of anthrax sold by a Colorado animal vaccine company, an Arizona researcher said. The anthrax was used by the Aum Shinri Kyo doomsday cult that in 1995 used sarin nerve gas to kill 12 people in an attack on a Tokyo subway station. Paul Keim, an anthrax expert at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, told colleagues about the 1993 anthrax attack at Sunday's session of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (news - web sites) convention in Denver. Using DNA, researchers at the...
  • HHS Warning: Easy for Terrorists to Attack Food Supply; Global Flu a Possibility

    12/04/2004 3:33:24 AM PST · by Snapple · 25 replies · 1,181+ views
    My Way News ^ | 12-03-04 | RON FOURNIER
    Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson resigned Friday, warning of a potential global outbreak of the flu and health-related terror attacks. "For the life of me, I cannot understand why the terrorists have not attacked our food supply because it is so easy to do," he said.
  • City and F.B.I. Reach Agreement on Bioterror Investigations

    11/21/2004 12:19:08 AM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 1,240+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 21, 2004 | JUDITH MILLER
    The New York Police Department, the F.B.I. and the city's health department have agreed for the first time on a set of rules that will govern investigations of suspected biological attacks in the city, detailing the roles the agencies will play as well as how confidential medical information is to be shared. The "protocol," a six-page document that officials regard as something of a remarkable cooperation agreement, resulted in part from lessons learned in New York during the 2001 anthrax letter attacks, which killed five people in Florida and the Northeast and infected more than a dozen others in the...
  • Government not trusted to help after terror attack

    09/14/2004 11:27:04 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 190+ views ^ | Wednesday, September 15, 2004
    A study released today shows most Americans would not cooperate with government's attempts to protect them in the aftermath of a domestic terror attack. Conducted by the Center for the Advancement of Collaborative Strategies in Health at The New York Academy of Medicine, the research suggests government has not adequately addressed Americans' concerns about its ability to deal effectively with homeland terrorism. The study included a survey that questioned U.S. residents on their likely response to both a smallpox incident and a dirty-bomb attack. It found only two-fifths of Americans would follow instructions to go to a public vaccination site...
  • Wanted: Drugs to Fight Bioterror

    06/03/2004 12:31:30 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 2 replies · 189+ views
    Wired ^ | 6/2/04 | Randy Dotinga
    <p>Amid new warnings about a possible summer of terror, the U.S. government is preparing to spend billons to coax pharmaceutical companies to develop drugs to fend off a biological or chemical attack. But experts say the infusion of cash may be little more than a good start.</p>
  • California unprepared for bioterrorism - RAND report

    06/02/2004 8:55:07 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 14 replies · 258+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 2, 2004 | Reuters
    SAN FRANCISCO, June 2 (Reuters) - California is not prepared for a major public health crisis such as an attack with biological agents, and in some instances planning for bioterrorism is setting back other public health efforts, according to a report released on Wednesday. California's public health agencies have made progress planning for emergencies such as an outbreak of smallpox, but are poorly coordinated and "not uniformly capable of taking care of infectious disease outbreaks," according to the report by private think-tank, the RAND Corp. The report said that the most populous U.S. state would respond to a serious outbreak...
  • Policy Memo: The Bush Administration Record on Fighting BioTerror Threats

    06/02/2004 3:31:32 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 2 replies · 291+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | June 2, 2004
    MEMORANDUMFROM: BC’04 POLICY DEPARTMENTRE: THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION RECORD ON BIOTERROR INTRODUCTION President George W. Bush has long made bolstering the nation’s defenses against bioterrorism a central focus of his Administration. The President’s National Strategy for Homeland Security, announced in July of 2002, launched two major bioterror initiatives. The first called for the development of systems capable of detecting biological materials and attacks. The second called for the development, purchasing and stockpiling of a variety of vaccines and countermeasures. President Bush has demonstrated an unprecedented commitment to bolstering the nation’s defenses against biological attacks. He has increased the federal bioterrorism budget...
  • Statement by Rep. Adam Putnam (R-FL) regarding the threat of bioterrorism

    06/02/2004 3:14:04 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 197+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | June 2, 2004
    WASHINGTON, DC— Rep. Adam Putnam (R-FL) issued the following statement regarding the threat of bioterrorism: "The President singled out bioterrorism as a top priority for homeland security immediately after September 11th. He has increased spending on research and preparedness for bioterrorism by more than $4.8 billion since taking office and has provided an additional $4.5 billion to states, local governments and hospitals to assist them in preparing for possible bioterror attacks. "John Kerry’s political attacks on the President and failure to acknowledge these historic gains are just another example of Kerry playing politics with national security. After voting six times...
  • THE RAW DEAL: Kerry Ignores President Bush's Historic Biodefense Funding Increases

    06/02/2004 2:49:02 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 5 replies · 216+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | June 2, 2004
    This is the second time this week that John Kerry has embraced policies that were initiated by President Bush to fight and win the War on Terror. John Kerry's speech was more me-tooism and ignored the reality that funding for biodefense has increased 1,600 percent since President Bush took office." -Steve Schmidt, Bush-Cheney '04 Spokesman President Bush's Historic Funding Increases For BiodefensePresident Bush Has Increased The Federal Bioterrorism Budget By More Than 1,600 Percent, From $294 Million In FY 2001 To $5.2 Billion In FY 2004. He has expanded bioterror research by an even greater margin, from $53 million...
  • Bioterrorism threat said real

    05/03/2004 2:36:51 PM PDT · by Prince Charles · 4 replies · 293+ views
    Western Farm Press ^ | 10-17-2002 | Harry Cline
    Bioterrorism threat said real Oct 17, 2002 12:00 PM, Harry Cline There are 7,000 unaccounted for former Soviet Union biological warfare scientists and technicians in the world today. Before 9/11/01, that fact would be filed away under "So what...just left over Cold War paranoia." Now, though, that fact is cause for considerable concern to Americans, and a panel of experts on bioterrorism and radical environmental groups speaking at the recent California Plant Health Association and CropLife America joint annual convention in Palm Desert, Calif., only served to heighten that concern when they addressed biological warfare issues facing America today. According...
  • Aussies fear self-infected terrorists

    05/01/2004 9:07:01 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 16 replies · 225+ views
    Washington Times ^ | May 1, 2004 | UPI
    <p>Canberra, , May. 1 (UPI) -- Australia is planning for the possibility of terrorists infecting themselves with deadly germs and then spreading the disease through the population.</p> <p>This new concept of suicide bioterrorism will be discussed during a closed-door Monday workshop in Canberra by the director of terrorism studies at the Australian National University, Clive Williams, the Australian reported Saturday.</p>
  • Government Leaders Detail Biodefense Plan, Initiatives

    04/29/2004 10:14:56 AM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 4 replies · 237+ views
    DoD-AFPS ^ | April 29, 2004 | Sgt. 1st Class Doug Sample
      Government Leaders Detail Biodefense Plan, Initiatives By Sgt. 1st Class Doug Sample, USAAmerican Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, April 29, 2004 -- The government's new plan to counter a bioterrorism attack on the United States was announced at an April 28 news conference here. The announcement came as part of President Bush's directive to integrate anti- bioterrorism efforts across all government agencies. "We've done a good job so far, but you haven't seen anything yet," said Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson, after he gave reporters a tour of the department's new mobile command center. Thompson, who...
  • Bush approves presidential directive to protect U.S. from biological (terror)attack

    04/28/2004 9:05:42 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 8 replies · 245+ views
    CNews ^ | April 28, 2004 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President George W. Bush, who has made national security the centrepiece of his campaign for re-election, has signed an order to help protect America from hostile states or terrorists who might attack with biological agents. "Biological weapons attacks could cause catastrophic harm," an unclassified version of the directive says. "They could inflict widespread injury and result in massive casualties and economic disruption." The directive, which Bush approved last week, was jointly announced Wednesday by the departments of Homeland Security, Health and Human Services and Defence. The actual directive, which is classified, works to co-ordinate what the government...
  • Rogue scientists pose bio threat to small [nations]

    04/26/2004 9:34:49 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 169+ views
    Straits Times ^ | By David Boey
    ROGUE scientists who use their knowledge to create deadly biological agents are a danger to small, densely populated countries such as Singapore. Issuing this warning last night, Dr Tony Tan, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Security and Defence, called on the international community to guard against this threat. His remarks on people who might try to exploit biotechnology for 'malicious ends' came amid recent government warnings for Singaporeans to be vigilant as terrorists could strike using any means ranging from bombs on MRT trains to attacks at sea. 'The risk of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) falling into...
  • Experts Ask Boston to Nix Bioterror Lab (CHOMSKY ALER)

    04/13/2004 9:17:23 PM PDT · by RightWingAtheist · 9 replies · 156+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | April 13 2004 | Theo Emery
    BOSTON - Nearly 150 scientists and scholars asked city officials Tuesday to block the building of a bioterrorism lab in the heart of the city, saying it could pose "catastrophic risks" to the community. The scientists, along with neighborhood and environmental groups, sent a letter to Mayor Thomas Menino and city councilors asking them to reject Boston University's plan to do research on deadly agents in Boston's South End. "There are real and potentially catastrophic risks to the health and safety of people in the local and surrounding communities," the letter said. Menino spokesman Seth Gitell said the mayor supports...
  • Russian 'Vector' lab probes secrets of smallpox

    02/18/2004 8:01:27 PM PST · by knak · 4 replies · 492+ views
    reuters ^ | 2/18/04
    BERLIN, Feb 19 (Reuters) - It was one of the world's most deadly plagues, and some fear it might again be unleashed on mankind if bio-terrorists could get their hands on the virus. A quarter of a century after the last known case of smallpox, scientists at a heavily-guarded installation called Vector, deep in Siberia, are still conducting research on 120 strains of the virus. Responsibility for safeguarding the stockpiles lies with men like Sergei Netesov, Vector's deputy general director. "We feel it, very heavily," the soft-spoken, bespectacled Russian scientist told Reuters in an interview at a security conference in...
  • One terrorist with deadly disease 'could cause deaths of millions'

    02/01/2004 9:02:44 PM PST · by saquin · 34 replies · 524+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2/2/04 | Robert Uhlig
    The prospect of a terrorist, self-infected with a deadly disease at a stage before it shows its symptoms, boarding an aeroplane to infect tens or hundreds of other passengers is what risk experts call a "low likelihood, high impact" threat. Despite sounding as unlikely as the plot of a trashy novel, the threat was considered real enough on Saturday for the American government to refuse security clearances for six flights to America. It is deemed "low likelihood" because of the difficulty terrorists would face in obtaining or manufacturing a viable biological agent, yet "high impact" because of the ease with...
  • Wake up to bioterror threat

    01/29/2004 9:28:00 PM PST · by TrebleRebel · 102+ views
    The Korea Herald | 1/27/3004 | Lauren T Hickok & Reynolds M Salerno
    The anthrax attacks in the United States in the autumn of 2001 were a reminder that bioterrorism is no longer science fiction. These incidents, and the rapidly expanding global biotechnology industry, have redefined bioterrorism as a credible threat to security. However, the world has been slow to wake up to the new challenge. The U.S. policy to mitigate the biological weapons threat encompasses a number of initiatives, among them the national implementation of biosecurity - that is, security systems and practices to protect dangerous biological materials in legitimate research facilities from theft and sabotage. By mitigating the biological weapons threat...
  • 'Super-TB' Created By Scientists

    12/31/2003 8:04:47 AM PST · by blam · 23 replies · 245+ views
    BBC ^ | 12-31-2003
    'Super-TB' created by scientists TB is a major world killer A virulent form of tuberculosis was created in the laboratory by experts trying to alter its genetic structure. The mutant form of the bug multiplied more quickly, and was more lethal than its natural counterpart. Researchers from the University of California at Berkeley, US, had actually been trying to disable genes and make the bacterium less deadly. "This is one of the very few hyper-virulent organisms ever created," said scientist Dr Lisa Morici. Tuberculosis is one of the world's biggest killers, and scientists are probing its genetic structure in a...
  • Smallpox attack simulation uncovers critical communications problems: report

    12/30/2003 10:15:59 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 7 replies · 180+ views ^ | Dec. 30, 2003 | HELEN BRANSWELL
    TORONTO (CP) - Thank God it was only a simulation. A multi-country bioterrorism exercise held earlier this year highlighted critical weaknesses in intergovernmental communications capabilities and national response capacities, a report on a mock smallpox attack reveals. The sheer volume of e-mail traffic generated during Exercise Global Mercury caused a crucial Canadian server to crash, putting it out of commission for four hours. Teams from France and Mexico ran smack up against a language barrier. And despite repeated efforts, no one was able to mount a single all-party conference call in which all players could communicate. "Information overload was a...
  • Pacepa: Khaddafi’s “Conversion” (Romania, Libya cooperated in bioterror)

    12/28/2003 8:19:07 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 5 replies · 237+ views
    NRO ^ | Dec. 29, 2003 | Ion Mihai Pacepa
    The moment the meek and disheveled image of the Iraqi tyrant appeared on TV screens around the world, an old friend of mine announced that he got the message and said he would disclose his weapons of mass destruction. As chief of Romanian foreign intelligence, I worked closely with Libya's Muammar Khaddafi before I became, in 1978, the highest-ranking spy from the Soviet bloc to defect to America. I was Khaddafi's handler as he was gearing up these same weapons programs. Moscow had decided in 1972 to use three leftist Arab governments — Libya, Iraq, and Syria — plus Arafat's...
  • Gadhafi (Libya)armed al-Qaeda with germ bombs (bioterror): report

    12/28/2003 12:08:47 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 108 replies · 366+ views
    Hindu News ^ | Dec. 28, 2003 | PTI
    London, Dec 28. (PTI): Libyan leader Maommar Gadhafi, who recently abandoned his country's weapons of mass destruction programme, had armed al-Qaeda terror network with germ bombs, a report claimed today. Libyan intelligence chief Musa Kusa told British secret service agency Mi5 that tens of thousands of weapons had been produced at 10 secret sites in the country, the Sunday Express said. Kusa has named 500 al-Qaeda terrorists in Britain and the information he gave is being checked, it said. Libya was closer than Syria, Iran and Iraq to producing a nuclear bomb but last week Gadhafi surrendered his weapons of...
  • HOMELAND SECURITY: New gear watches air in 30 cities

    12/26/2003 3:24:32 AM PST · by kattracks · 1 replies · 121+ views
    Union Leader ^ | 12/26/03 | LARRY MARGASAK , AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Homeland Security officials have enhanced their ability to monitor the air for biological warfare agents in 30 cities, one of several ways the government is preparing for possible terrorist strikes during a high, Code Orange alert.The alert also has activated special disaster response teams, while federal officials have been conferring with foreign governments to prevent terrorists from boarding international flights bound for the United States."People have their antennas up," said Brian Roehrkasse, a spokesman for the Homeland Security Department.President Bush kept abreast of terrorism threats from the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland as he celebrated Christmas...
  • Prioritizing bioterror defenses

    12/25/2003 11:22:00 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 62+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, December 26, 2003 | House Editorial
    <p>The largest threat to national security is too small to see -- the microbes and viruses of bioterrorism. Biological agents are almost an ideal weapon for terrorists because of the relative ease with which they can be made and dispersed. It is little wonder that al Qaeda operatives have tried to acquire them. It is probably just a matter of time before they do.</p>
  • The Trials of Thomas Butler

    12/20/2003 9:19:35 AM PST · by Lessismore · 6 replies · 402+ views
    Science Magazine ^ | 2003-12-19 | Martin Enserink and David Malakoff
    Thomas Butler was a sought-after plague expert, with a clinical trial in Tanzania that promised important results for biodefense. Then he was charged with mishandling plague samples and lying to the FBI. This month, a jury convicted him of financial wrongdoing. Who is Thomas Butler, and what lessons do his trials hold? Sitting on an airplane preparing to take off from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, American microbiologist Thomas Butler had some time to reflect on his rising fortunes. Stowed in the plane's belly was a footlocker containing carefully packed specimens from more than 60 Tanzanian bubonic plague victims. His journal...
  • Special medical units trained to counter smallpox terror threat

    12/19/2003 1:15:14 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 8 replies · 100+ views
    UK Guardian ^ | Dec. 17, 2003 | James Meikle,
    Hundreds of doctors, nurses and back-up staff are being identified and trained to run emergency nursing and vaccination centres in the event of a smallpox terror alert. Many of them would have to be ready to work in special isolation units next to big hospitals within 24 hours of a small pox case being confirmed anywhere in the world. Schools, church halls and polling stations are among buildings likely to be earmarked for vaccination programmes, while hotels and university residences could be commandeered to house close contacts of smallpox victims who refuse vaccination or cannot be immunised because it might...
  • Anthrax Fears Prompt Federal (Canadian) Interest in Bio-Sniffers for Ports

    12/18/2003 9:38:09 AM PST · by Shermy · 21 replies · 226+ views
    Canadian Press ^ | December 17, 2003 | JIM BRONSKILL
    OTTAWA (CP) - Fear of a terrorist attack involving anthrax-laced cargo has prompted the federal government to explore the purchase of custom-tailored biological agent detectors. The contraband detection section of Canada's customs agency has invited companies to pitch products capable of screening containers and other shipments for toxic biological substances. A notice posted by the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency says the portable equipment would preferably weigh less than 28 kilograms, work in extreme temperatures and be able to quickly extract air samples from containers, packages and vehicle trunks. The aim of the $10,000 pilot project is to evaluate various...
  • Flu Virus 'Is The Greatest Bio-Terror Threat Of All'

    11/27/2003 5:15:02 PM PST · by blam · 18 replies · 275+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11-28-2003 | Roger Highfield
    Flu virus 'is the greatest bio-terror threat of all' By Roger Highfield, Science Editor (Filed: 28/11/2003) Nature's "on-going experiments" with influenza strains "may be the greatest bio-terror threat of all", with the world alarmingly unprepared for a global epidemic, researchers warn today. Another pandemic of the kind that killed up to 40 million people worldwide in 1918 is inevitable - and could be imminent, according to a team from St Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. The threat of such a pandemic influenza is much greater than that posed this winter by the Fujian strain, which is already circulating in...
  • Bio-Scare in Rio as Bandits Steal Bacteria Samples

    11/21/2003 12:29:31 PM PST · by buffyt · 8 replies · 226+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 11-21-2003 | Yahoo/Reuters
    RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) - Brazilian (news - web sites) authorities urged residents of Rio de Janeiro on Friday to be careful after lab samples of cholera and typhoid fever were stolen with a biologist's car. Doctors and police in the Brazilian city said the bacteria had been securely packed and represented no risk if not opened, but acknowledged the samples could be dangerous if removed from the package. Silvio Valle, a biosecurity expert with the government's Fiocruz research institute, graded the biohazard of the stolen material as two on a scale of four in televised comments, asking viewers...
  • Biological Weapons Found in Ji Raid

    11/14/2003 9:51:50 PM PST · by joinedafterattack · 26 replies · 356+ views
    World News ^ | November 15, 2003 | SBS News
    The Philippines military says it has discovered traces of possible biological weapons in a raid on a suspected hideout of Southeast Asian terror group Jemaah Islamiah in the southern Philippine city of Cotabato. A senior military official says possible residues of a "tetanus virus-carrying chemical was among those found" in Sunday's raid, along with a "bio-terror manual". Bomb-making materials, documents and notes on assembling rocket-propelled grenades were also found during the raid, but no suspects were arrested. Military spokesman Major General Rodolfo Garcia says the documents refer to Jemaah Islamiah, but has refused to elaborate further. Last week authorities arrested...
  • Sandia Bioterror Software Not Used

    11/10/2003 6:46:27 PM PST · by woofie · 2 replies · 119+ views
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | Monday, October 27, 2003 | John Fleck
    Sandia National Laboratories bills it as a computer-based sentinel, offering early warning of a biological weapons attack. But the sentinel is going nowhere, bottled up in the lab, while Sandia squanders the chance to move it into widespread use, according to Al Zelicoff, one of the scientists who led the technology's development. Sandia has given exclusive rights to the technology to a small startup company founded by one of the labs' scientists, in the process turning away inquiries from a major national company interested in taking the technology out of the lab and putting it into widespread use. Zelicoff, nationally...