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Misconceptions About Biological Weapons

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posted on Aug, 15 2008 @ 09:36 AM
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There are many misconceptions involving biological weapons. The three most common are that they are easy to obtain, that they are easy to deploy effectively, and that, when used, they always cause massive casualties.

While it is certainly true that there are many different types of people who can easily gain access to rudimentary biological agents, there are far fewer people who can actually isolate virulent strains of the agents, weaponize them and then effectively employ these agents in a manner that will realistically pose a significant threat of causing mass casualties. While organisms such as anthrax are present in the environment and are not difficult to obtain, more highly virulent strains of these tend to be far more difficult to locate, isolate and replicate. Such efforts require highly skilled individuals and sophisticated laboratory equipment.

Even incredibly deadly biological substances such as ricin and botulinum toxin are difficult to use in mass attacks. This difficulty arises when one attempts to take a rudimentary biological substance and then convert it into a weaponized form — a form that is potent enough to be deadly and yet readily dispersed. Even if this weaponization hurdle can be overcome, once developed, the weaponized agent must then be integrated with a weapons system that can effectively take large quantities of the agent and evenly distribute it in lethal doses to the intended targets.

During the past several decades in the era of modern terrorism, biological weapons have been used very infrequently and with very little success. This fact alone serves to highlight the gap between the biological warfare misconceptions and reality. Militant groups desperately want to kill people and are constantly seeking new innovations that will allow them to kill larger numbers of people. Certainly if biological weapons were as easily obtained, as easily weaponized and as effective at producing mass casualties as commonly portrayed, militant groups would have used them far more frequently than they have.

Militant groups are generally adaptive and responsive to failure. If something works, they will use it. If it does not, they will seek more effective means of achieving their deadly goals. A good example of this was the rise and fall of the use of chlorine in militant attacks in Iraq.




posted on Aug, 15 2008 @ 10:11 AM
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True weaponizing biological agents is increadibly difficult for the lay person but even the professionals get in wrong. For example the Sverdlovsk incident where Anthrax 836 was released in large quantites of anthrax powder were blown into the local town because a tech. failed too properly log the removal of a clogged filter. This resulted in the deaths of over a hundred people. Ironically 836 was only developed after a previous weapons plant leak into a sewer where sewer rats were found too have a much more viralent form of the anthrax present in their bodies this was weaponized to 836.

Sometimes you have too wonder if they dont release it deliberately just too see if anyone gets a mutant more potent strain or has a fluke imunity to it.



posted on Aug, 15 2008 @ 10:11 AM
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My bad double post

[edit on 15-8-2008 by sabre151]



posted on Aug, 15 2008 @ 10:21 AM
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Even if a group such as al Qaeda could somehow create and hide a fixed biological weapons facility in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas or North-West Frontier Province, it would still face the daunting task of transporting large quantities of biological agents from the Pakistani badlands to targets in the United States or Europe. Al Qaeda operatives certainly can create and transport small quantities of these compounds, but not enough to wreak the kind of massive damage it desires.



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