Georgia plot aimed to kill thousands with ricin

Monday, Nov 14, 2011 @ 12:55pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

In court on Wednesday, prosecutors alleged that the four accused Georgia militia members were determined to poison and kill thousands of people with a single terrorist strike.
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Filmmaker exploring Soviet bioweapons program

Tuesday, Nov 15, 2011 @ 1:03pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Slawomir Grunberg, an Emmy Award winning filmmaker, is collaborating with a group of biodefense experts to film a documentary that explores the ethical context of the research and development of biological weapons by former Soviet scientists.
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Terror tribunals moving forward slowly

Tuesday, Nov 15, 2011 @ 1:03pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Obama administration is cautiously moving forward with military tribunals for terrorism subjects while hamstrung by political and legal disputes over procedural issues and the principles involved.
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Report calls for greater U.N. cooperation to fight bioterror

Tuesday, Nov 15, 2011 @ 1:41pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Working Group on Preventing and Responding to Weapons of Mass Destruction Attacks, a division of the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force, has released a report to familiarize U.N. member states with mechanisms of the group.
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U.S., South Korea examine North Korean bioterror threat

Tuesday, Nov 15, 2011 @ 1:42pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Military officials from the U.S. and South Korea met in operations centers over the past two weeks to examine in great detail how they would respond to a biological or chemical attack from North Korea.
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England sending chemical weapons experts to Libya

Wednesday, Nov 16, 2011 @ 11:48am by BioPrepWatch Reports

British Prime Minister David Cameron recently announced that he would send chemical weapons experts to Libya to help an international team dispose of secret caches of Libyan chemical weapons.
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New Zealand leader calls for increased biosecurity

Wednesday, Nov 16, 2011 @ 11:48am by BioPrepWatch Reports

New Zealand Labor Party leader Philip Goff recently declared that the country must develop a first class biosecurity system.
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Alleged Georgia ricin attack was "idle chatter," attorney says

Wednesday, Nov 16, 2011 @ 12:53pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

According to their defense attorneys, the four Georgia militia members accused of a terrorist plot against the federal government were ailing old men shooting the breeze with no specific plans.
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Guam simulates bioattack

Wednesday, Nov 16, 2011 @ 1:18pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Guam Homeland Security, the Department of Public Health and Social Services, the Office of Civil Defense and other government agencies in Guam have begun a strategic national stockpile full scale exercise known as Operation Pa
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Alleged Georgia ricin plotters denied bond

Thursday, Nov 17, 2011 @ 1:59pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The four Georgia men accused of plotting to bomb federal buildings and disperse the toxin ricin were recently denied bond.
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Bill to strengthen biopreparedness introduced

Thursday, Nov 17, 2011 @ 2:00pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Four U.S. senators recently introduced a bill to help prepare the nation for the threat of a bioterror terror attack or a newly emerging pandemic.
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Greece seized anti-chemical weapons suits from North Korea in 2009

Thursday, Nov 17, 2011 @ 2:59pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Greek authorities seized almost 14,000 anti-chemical weapons suits from a North Korean ship potentially headed for Syria but did not disclose the finding for close to two years, diplomats said on Wednesday.
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Chemical weapons incinerator fined $800,000 in the past 12 years

Thursday, Nov 17, 2011 @ 3:00pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A defense contractor has been fined more than $800,000 over the past 12 years while incinerating a stockpile of leftover chemical weapons stored at the Umatilla Chemical Depot in northeastern Oregon, a recent report revealed.
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Study shows how anthrax uses gases to protect itself from antibiotics

Friday, Nov 18, 2011 @ 11:32am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Hydrogen sulfide produced by bacteria, once thought to simply be simply a by-product of cellular activity, was recently discovered to be a major factor in protecting the organisms from many kinds of antibiotics.
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Scientists demonstrates how to turn H5N1 into bioweapon

Friday, Nov 18, 2011 @ 11:35am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Scientists and security specialists are currently debating whether or not to release the results of a study that demonstrates how a strain of H5N1 bird flu could be made more contagious.
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University of Wyoming simulates anthrax attack

Friday, Nov 18, 2011 @ 3:03pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Volunteers at the University of Wyoming participated in the first "Cowboy Ready" anthrax simulation drill on Wednesday to test the ability of the school and Albany County Public Health to respond to such an emergency.
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Emergent BioSolutions, Inc., begins safety study for post-exposure three dose anthrax vaccine

Friday, Nov 18, 2011 @ 3:06pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Emergent BioSolutions, Inc., a vaccine and therapeutics developer, announced on Thursday the beginning of a safety and immunogenicity study to evaluate a three dose vaccination schedule of BioThrax for administration to individuals exposed to anthrax.
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Calif. county simulates ricin release into water supply

Monday, Nov 21, 2011 @ 11:45am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Health and safety crews from Tehama County, Calif., collaborated on a water interruption training exercise on Thursday morning using a scenario in which ricin had been put into the water supply.
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Australia opens advanced biofacility

Monday, Nov 21, 2011 @ 11:46am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization has opened up one of the world's most advanced biosecurity areas at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory in Geelong, Australia.
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Oregon to use "push" strategy in the event of an attack

Monday, Nov 21, 2011 @ 11:48am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Portland, Oregon, metropolitan area recently began using a push strategy plan for medicine distribution in case of an emergency, such as a biological terror attack.
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