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Biological Weapons

Recent terrorist attacks throughout the world, have left nearly all countries on extremely high alert to impending attacks. These attacks have also raised the issue of the possibility of biological weapons being used against humans. The threat became a reality when anthrax was distributed throughout the U.S. Postal Service. A relatively small attack like that, sent panic throughout the nation, and left a handful of people dead. The development of biological weapons must be stopped because these weapons serve no real purpose other than terrorism, and could lead to the loss of millions of innocent lives.
A month or so before Christmas, three people, most likely male, walked into a crowded shopping mall in Oklahoma City. Dressed as maintenance workers and carrying plant sprayers, they strolled among the holiday shoppers, tending to the potted plants that decorated the gaily lit corridors. A short time later, their work complete, the three walked to mall exits and vanished into the night. At that moment two other teams were doing the same thing at malls in Atlanta and Philadelphia.
At 7p.m. on December 9, the president of the United States met secretly with his National Security Council-which included the national security advisor, the secretary of defense, and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. The President stunned them with his opening remarks: "The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed that at least one case of smallpox-and maybe as many as 20-have occurred among civilians in Oklahoma City…Presumably, this disease has been deliberately introduced and [is] the result of a bioterrorist attack on the United States." As the president spoke, a laboratory in Oklahoma confirmed 20 cases of smallpox and said it suspected 14 more. Nine other cases were reported in Atlanta and seven in Philadelphia.
Federal and state authorities immediately swung into action, and within 24 hours FBI agents were combing the…


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