Government not prepared for CBRN attack, report warns

A Justice Department report released on June 1 says the department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is not prepared to carry out its orders in the event of an attack with a weapon of mass destruction, Reuters reported.

Inspector General Glenn Fine said ATF has not conducted the requisite training or prepared for its role in coordinating safety and security efforts in the aftermath of a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear attack, the news wire report states.

Justice Department leaders were not spared criticism for failing to create a Crisis Management Committee or name someone to lead the department in attack aftermath preparations.

"The department is not fully prepared to provide a coordinated response to a WMD incident," the report said, according to Reuters.

Reuters states that the Justice Department will announce the appointment of a person currently working in the deputy attorney general's office who will oversee response preparation efforts.
The FBI was praised in the report for its preparedness in the event of a biological, nuclear, radiological or chemical attack, according to Reuters.

Government agencies across the spectrum have been directed to strengthen preparation efforts for the aftermath of such an attack since the days of post-September 11, 2001 anthrax mailings, according to Reuters.