Panel: US Not Ready For Bioterrorist Attack

A congressionally mandated panel says the United States isn't ready for a biological terrorist attack.

The Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation gives the Obama administration a failing grade for its efforts to prepare for and respond to a biological attack, such as the release of deadly viruses or bacteria.

Randy Larsen, the commission's executive director, says the poor preparation for the swine flu epidemic in 2009 is proof that the country is not positioned to respond to something more serious. Larsen points to the country running out of H1N1 vaccine despite a six-month warning from health officials that it would be potentially deadly.

Larsen says no one in the Obama administration has the lead for protecting the country against bioterrorism.


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  • by voter Location: nc on Jan 26, 2010 at 06:24 PM
    usc for now; good link, thank you. nice to see the obvious in print form.
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Jan 26, 2010 at 10:05 AM
    That does NOT surprise me one bit. This nation is about as unsafe as ever J, I'll agree with you there. We need to be ready for such a thing and need to have the coast guard lined up on boats and if anyone illegally tries to get into the United States for any reason, or starts a fight, then shoot them. We need more protection surrounding this nation. Luckily, Canada is a safe nation, meaning that would not require as much.
  • by Blessed in America on Jan 26, 2010 at 08:30 AM
    "J" You took the words right out of my mouth! Somethings don't need to be released in the media, then again there is that right. We tell to manys of our weaknesses to the WORLD and you best believe those that hate us are listening!
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Jan 26, 2010 at 08:29 AM
    Back, this will shed much light regarding your recognizing a pattern within our government/country which is anti-American. Read up on Hillary, George Soros, Obama & others especially "The Shadow Party" http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/viewSubCategory.asp?id=589 You'll be glad you did & send this link to others as well. America needs to know the truth about what's going on behind the scenes regarding their livelihood in the future.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 26, 2010 at 07:27 AM
    It does seem strange that this administration goes out of its way to let others know where every weakness in the country is. Right now, don't think this administration could handle any type of attack, no back bone.
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Jan 26, 2010 at 06:51 AM
    Then our government needs to manufacture millions of the latest gas/bio terror face masks with suits and distribute them to all US citizens for now. Like ready or not. Secondly, install more detection devices at airports & border security points. Insure every other government enforces their airports to step up on security relating to these issues. I'm sure WMD in bio-terror is out there in hands of the enemies. Iraq, Iran and a few others nations with dictators made bio-terror chemicals etc. and most likely some of it is in the hands of terrorists. That's why we need to exterminate them asap before something horrific happens again within our country.
  • by Back Location: Greenville on Jan 26, 2010 at 06:16 AM
    Call me whatever you like, but I take notice as to the way certain things are handled by the current administration and THERE IS a pattern that seems to be emerging. I'm not 100% sure why this pattern is appearing; but other facts and my gut feeling tells me what the reason is, and its not due to coincidence.
  • by THANK U J.. Location: ENC on Jan 26, 2010 at 05:49 AM
    I was wondering the same thing... The AP and "congress" no doubt sent terrorists worldwide the memo!
  • by J Location: Gville on Jan 26, 2010 at 05:18 AM
    Oh, so why don't we just announce it to the REST OF THE WORLD, so they know EXACTLY what they can do. Wow. Idiots.
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