Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Religion of Peace, Part V

New York Times March 16, 2005

U.S. Report Lists Possibilities for Terrorist Attacks and Likely Toll
By Eric Lipton


WASHINGTON, March 15 - The Department of Homeland Security, trying to focus antiterrorism spending better nationwide, has identified a dozen possible strikes it views as most plausible or devastating, including detonation of a nuclear device in a major city, release of sarin nerve agent in office buildings and a truck bombing of a sports arena.
The document, known simply as the National Planning Scenarios, reads more like a doomsday plan, offering estimates of the probable deaths and economic damage caused by each type of attack.
They include blowing up a chlorine tank, killing 17,500 people and injuring more than 100,000; spreading pneumonic plague in the bathrooms of an airport, sports arena and train station, killing 2,500 and sickening 8,000 worldwide; and infecting cattle with foot-and-mouth disease at several sites, costing hundreds of millions of dollars in losses. Specific locations are not named because the events could unfold in many major metropolitan or rural areas, the document says...

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/16/politics/16home.html?ei=5090&en=447b6571833ca6bd&ex=1268629200&partner=rssuserland&pagewanted=print&position=


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