Is the US ready for biological or chemical attack?

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In the aftermath of the Gulf War, New York's World Trade Center was hit by a terrorist bomb. Then a Japanese cult released poison gas in a Tokyo subway. In response to experts' warnings that chemical and biological terrorism can, and will, happen here, the federal government has spent billions on preparations against such a nightmare. We discuss American preparedness and spending with directors of governmental and non-governmental organizations studying chemical and biological weapons.
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Arab American Institute

Stimson's Report

California Office of Emergency Services




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