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TA-THREATS: House Approves 'Bioshield' Defense Bill

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posted on Jul, 14 2004 @ 07:21 PM
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In a country living under the threat of terrorism and the new reality of the time we live in today there was congressional approval for plans that would help deal with a bioterror attack. The plan has now been sent to President Bush to be signed into law and will involve a $5.6 billion, 10 year project known as a BioShield Program...
 





ABCNEWS.com Full Article

July 14, 2004 By Joanne Kenen

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation to stimulate the development of drugs and vaccines to counter a bioterror attack won final congressional approval on Wednesday and was sent to President Bush to sign into law.

The $5.6 billion, 10-year Project BioShield program, approved by the House on a 414-2 vote, expands public- and private-sector research incentives to develop treatments, antidotes and vaccines that would otherwise not find a viable commercial niche.

The Senate earlier passed the bill, a 2003 initiative of Bush that enjoyed strong bipartisan support. The goal is to deter a biological, chemical or nuclear attack, as well as to limit casualties should one occur.



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Could this be too little to late?

It would seem that terrorists would see this as a time of vulnerability and in a way we are really not ready to deal with a massive biological attack.

Are we even close to being ready to deal with such an attack?

We have heard about "smallpox" but not about the mutated smallpox which was made by Russian scientists years ago.. They were able to take the smallpox virus and mutate it at the genetic level using a botox genenome and came up with a strain of smallpox that was immune to all known vaccines, and could be fatal in 90% of those infected.

Scenario: Terrorists get this mutated smallpox virus... Suicide attackers armed with spray bottles walk the streets of New York spraying the virus on unsuspecting people.... Within a few weeks millions could be infected and dying.

This threat is more real than anyone wants you to know.

The mutated smallpox virus is still an unknown and cannot be proven to be anything more than possibility. It is a possible Scenario that should be at least looked into.

Related Link:

Smallpox Superbug?

[edit on 14-7-2004 by UM_Gazz]




posted on Jul, 14 2004 @ 08:11 PM
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your scenario is very scary to be honest. one would hope there are aleady SOME safeguards in place for something like this, esp in NY and other major cities. I see to remember the machines that were put in place right after 9-11 to check the air for certain things. Surely these have been left in place. but like you said, is it too little to late?



posted on Jul, 15 2004 @ 06:10 PM
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Trojanex wrote


I see to remember the machines that were put in place right after 9-11 to check the air for certain things. Surely these have been left in place. but like you said, is it too little to late?


Those machines were probably the US Army's Biological Integrated Detection System (BIDS). They are very efficient at monitoring the atmosphere for the presence of BW agents, but unfortunately are only able to warn you that you have already inhaled BW agents. They do provide evidence that a BW cloud is present, but unless you wear a respirator at all times that evidence will not prevent infection.


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