Bracing for Armageddon?: The Science and Politics of by William R. Clark

By William R. Clark

Considering September eleventh, the specter of a bioterrorist attack--massive, deadly, and unpreventable--has hung within the air over the USA. Bracing for Armageddon? bargains a vividly written primer for the final reader, laying off gentle at the technology at the back of strength bioterrorist assaults and revealing what may take place, what's prone to occur, and what most likely won't occur. the tale opens with a riveting account of a bioterrorism state of affairs commissioned by way of the U.S. govt. utilizing this doomsday tableau as a springboard, Clark stories a bunch of bioterrorist threats (from agroterrorism to a poisoning of the water provide) and examines not just the worst-case risk of genetically engineered pathogens, but in addition the deadly brokers at the CDC's authentic bioterrorism checklist, together with Smallpox, Anthrax, Plague, Botulism, and Ebola. His review of tried bioterrorist assaults to date--such because the failed Aum Shinrikyo makes an attempt in 1995 in Japan and the Anthrax assault within the US following 9/11--bolstered through interviews with a variety of experts--shows why nearly all of those makes an attempt have failed. certainly, he demonstrates profitable bioterrorism assault is tremendously not likely, whereas a massive flu epidemic (such because the lethal epidemic of 1918 that killed thousands all over the world) is a digital sure bet. Given the lengthy odds of a bioterrorist assault, Clark asks, has the greater than $40 billion the U.S. has devoted to the protection opposed to bioterrorism particularly been good spent? Is it time to maneuver directly to different priorities? unlike the alarmist fears stoked via the preferred media, William Clark the following presents a reassuring assessment of what we actually have to fear about--and what we do not.

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Aum Shinrikyo is known mostly for its release of sarin nerve gas in the Tokyo subway system in March, 1995. 5 In a preliminary run-up to this attack, cult members had carried out a previous gassing in the provincial town of Matsumoto that killed seven. But Aum Shinrikyo did not limit itself to nerve gas as an agent of terror. A subsequent detailed investigation into their activities in the years preceding the subway attack revealed that cult A B R I E F H I S T O R Y O F B I O T E R R O R I S M • 29 scientists had also endeavored to develop lethal biological terror weapons as early as 1990, preceding their work with sarin.

Federal Bureau of Investigation The unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives. 2). As with other forms of terrorism, harming or killing individual human beings may be only part of the aim. Among other goals, panic and its attendant social and economic disruption are valued outcomes, as are bringing media attention to a particular political cause and recruiting more individuals to that cause.

Immunizations for smallpox over the years have never been carried out with V. major—it is too deadly—but rather with a closely related orthopoxvirus called vaccinia, which causes cowpox in cattle. A relative of V. major, vaccinia is the virus used by Edward Jenner at the end of the eighteenth century to become the first person to induce immunity to a disease in humans, and is the origin of the term vaccination. Vaccinia is injected in a fully viable form. In humans it induces a mild local reaction at the site of injection that usually resolves in seven to ten days.

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