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Terrorists could use 'insect-based' biological weapon

 
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Terrorists could use 'insect-based' biological weapon
[link to www.telegraph.co.uk]

Terrorists would find it “relatively easy” to launch a devastating attack using swarms of insects to spread a deadly disease, an academic has warned.

Jeffrey Lockwood, professor of entomology at Wyoming University and author of Six-legged Soldiers: Using Insects as Weapons of War, said such Rift Valley Fever or other diseases could be transported into a country by a terrorist with a suitcase.

Lockwood said, “I think a small terrorist cell could very easily develop an insect-based weapon.”

He said it would “probably be much easier” than developing a nuclear or chemical weapon, arguing: “The raw material is in the back yard.”

He continued: “It would be a relatively easy and simple process.

“A few hundred dollars and a plane ticket and you could have a pretty good stab at it.”

Governments, he advised, needed to have robust “pest management infrastructure that’s able to absorb and respond to an introduction” of infected insects, he said.

Trying to stop everything coming in at the border would not work, he said.

Rift Valley Fever is an east African disease which “can cause severe disease in both animals and humans, leading to high rates of disease and death” according to the World Health Organisation.

However, WHO says that “the vast majority of human infections result from direct or indirect contact with the blood or organs of infected animals.”
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Re: Terrorists could use 'insect-based' biological weapon
Just like the movie THE GOOD SHEPHERD.
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01/06/2009 11:48 AM
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Re: Terrorists could use 'insect-based' biological weapon
Terrorist being the military industrial complex?
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01/06/2009 11:49 AM
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Re: Terrorists could use 'insect-based' biological weapon
west nile virus?
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“A few hundred dollars and a plane ticket and you could have a pretty good stab at it.”

That should lower our defense budgets as well..
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01/06/2009 11:56 AM
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Re: Terrorists could use 'insect-based' biological weapon
there are a multitude of ez ways people could seriously hurt alot of people here. kinda makes one wonder why they haven't the past 7 yrs..oh yah, there are no real terrorists, just the cia and mossad pretending it's arabs. 911 got it's mission accomplished, put the sheeple in fear and blew open the back door to iraq. yes, the good ol war on terra...