Graham highlights dangers of weapons of mass destruction

Former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham warned of the dangers of bioterrorism during a speech he recently gave at the University of Florida.

During his term as senator, Graham served on a committee that studied weapons of mass destruction. He is considered an expert in the field, according to the report.

Graham said in the speech that the committee he served on had recently issued a report that concluded that the U.S. was less safe in December 2008 than it was on September 11.

The report also concluded that it was likely a weapon of mass destruction would be used by terrorists somewhere in the world and that it would likely be biological, as opposed to nuclear, Graham told audience members.

“Biological weapons are widely available,” Graham said, according to “The number of people who can manipulate pathogens has increased. The escalation for weapons of mass destruction was greater than I thought.”

Graham did note, however, that quite a bit of progress has been made on the nuclear front. He specifically cited an Obama policy that narrows the conditions in which the U.S. would use nuclear weapons and noted Russia had adopted a similar policy.

“Their support is critical,” Graham said.