BIOTERRORISM AND NUCLEAR THREATS

BIOTERRORISM AND NUCLEAR THREATSRecently, there has been an alarming discovery that over 9,200 vials of deadly pathogens and toxins have not been accounted for in the inventory of biological materials at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) in Fort Detrick, Maryland.  This number represents 13% of the 70,000 vials housed at the institute. When you are dealing with these kinds of numbers, you wonder how something so deadly could have slipped through the inventory files.  What is most worrying is that the officials of the Institute cannot be 100% certain that any of these vials could have been lost or stolen. It is apparent that the Institute did not abide by the 2002 Bioterrorism Act for not conducting an accurate inventory.

I bring this appalling news to you so that you are alert of matters that may not have been announced widely or are intentionally hidden from the public by the media. We live in a dangerous world indeed and since dangerous toxins such as those that were unaccounted for could land in the hands of evil doers, we should be informed of the consequences of human error and naivety.

The Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, unfortunately, is not the only laboratory in the world working with such deadly pathogens and toxins. If an institute such as this one, so well safeguarded from slip ups could not account for such large number of vials, one may wonder whether any other such biodenfense laboratories might also suffer from incomplete databases.

A terrorist country such as Iran is accelerating its march toward producing nuclear weapons without any serious impediment from the U.S. and Europe. N. Korea is already conducting nuclear tests and missile launches. The Taliban advances in nuclear Pakistan supported by Al Qaida and other extremists have Washington worried about nuclear security. These terror organizations and countries would not hesitate to use nuclear threats to overcome and rule the world and bioterrorism is part of their strategic arsenal.

Let’s hope that the leaders of the free countries use all their strength and commitment in time before it is too late to destroy the most dangerous threats the world will ever see and witness rather than wasting their time and energy into preventing Israel from building settlements in its historic homeland and to force Israel to carve a terrorist Islamic state within its borders which would eventually provide additional infrastructure for extremists in their path for Islamic world subjugation.

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  1. For those of you who are interested, the source of information from the essay entitled “Bioterrorism and nuclear threats”was published in Science 26 June 2009:
    Vol. 324. no. 5935, p. 1626, 2009.”

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