Bioterrorism Paper Week 9 Jennifer O’Hara Bio2000 March 10, 2013
Many of the weapons that terrorists use are terrifying but none seem to me to be as terrorizing as biological weapons. Biological weapons are much harder to detect and protect against than ordinary terrorist attacks. Anthrax is a biological weapon that makes people very sick and it can kill them within a short amount of time if they do not get proper medical treatment in time. The fact that anyone would want to deliberately infect other people with a deadly virus or disease is sick and demented.
The first line of defense against biological weapons like anthrax is to be able to detect it. If it is not detected soon enough there could be a major epidemic to deal with that could infect and kill thousands or even millions of people. Whenever facing a serious potential crisis, planning seems to be the most effective role to either prevent the crisis from happening or at least to limit its impact if it could not be prevented.
Detection and prevention all depends on having good intelligence on our side to be able to combat this form of terrorism. Good intelligence will be able to provide the information we need to combat this form of terrorism. According to the article Confronting Biological Threats to the Homeland by Michael Chertoff, “By fusing the clinical data, the regular...