Wednesday, October 08, 2003

TCS: Tech Central Station - Bigger Worries Than BioChem

TCS: Tech Central Station - Bigger Worries Than BioChem: "What's more, 'there has never been a single bioterrorist incident with more than 15 fatalities -- an all-too-common occurrence when terrorists use conventional weapons,' he writes.

Despite this, the Department of Homeland Security's 2004 budget, signed into law last Wednesday, allocates nearly $900 million for 'Project BioShield,' an effort to prep vaccines and treatments for biological and other threats; $88 million for the 'National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center,' to protect people and crops from germ attacks; $38 million for air filters to catch pathogens; $84 million for the public health system, to treat biological and chemical-attack victims; the list goes on, just about endlessly. And it doesn't even begin to touch the $1.2 billion the Pentagon wants to spend next year on chem-bio detection, the $1.6-or-so billion from the National Institutes of Health, or the $600 million that President Bush wants to spend to keep looking for Saddam's unconventional stash."

Critical look at terrorism 'protection' funds related biological weapons.

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