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NYTimes JUN 2002
...Mr. Wheeler, 57, a compact man who radiates energy, is beginning a campaign this week to encourage private citizens to take a strong role in preparedness for a possible nuclear or biological terrorist strike. He plans to open a Web site, preparednessfornuclearterrorism.org, this week. He believes that the United States may be hit, he said, partly because of his own work on nuclear and biological programs, and partly because he does not trust the government to tell us all we need to know.
''We are Jewish. It is Germany. It is 1938,'' he said by way of analogy. ''At what point do you get it? If we think of 12 to 36 months, a lot can be done in terms of preparedness, but citizens have to begin asking pointed questions.'' Failing to prepare the public for a terrorist strike, including discussing what to do and forming detailed emergency plans, he said, would be criminal.
''Remember, Rumsfeld says terrorist acquisition of these weapons is inevitable,'' he said, and listed the effects of a nuclear blast: ''The over-pressure of air, the wind, radiation and the fire.'' He added: ''Here is where all thought has stopped, although all thought should begin at this point. With modest preparation the worst effects can be blunted. People's savings will not have to be wiped out. Financial institutions can protect money to stop the plunge in the value of the dollar and the stock market.''