Organized crime may be moving bioweapons

Officials with the United Nations Security Council's Counterterrorism Committee have expressed concern about the close connection between terrorists and transnational organized criminals, including cooperation in the illegal movement of biological weapons of mass destruction.
In an outcome document released by the CTC, the organization said that much remains to be done at the national, regional and international levels in instituting a zero tolerance policy toward terrorism, Aid Netherlands reports. The authors of the document said that to prevent and combat terrorism, members states would need to stop those who finance, plan, facilitate or commit terrorist acts and bring them to justice.
"(There is a) close connection between terrorism and transnational organized crime, including trafficking of illicit drugs, money-laundering, illegal arms trafficking, and illegal movement of nuclear, chemical, biological and other potentially deadly materials," the document said, according to Aid Netherlands.
During the meeting of the CTC at the U.N.'s New York headquarters, the speakers urged member states to prevent the movement of terrorists by using effective border controls, ensuring that funds for charitable purposes are not diverted to terrorist purposes and to take appropriate steps to counter incitement to commit terrorist acts.
“Terrorism is still as potent a threat today as it was 10 years ago,” Ban Ki-moon, the secretary-general of the U.N., said during the opening session, Aid Netherlands reports. “Tens of thousands of people have lost their lives. Repeated attacks have had severe economic consequences and taken a toll on state stability and regional harmony."
Mike Smith, the executive director of the CTC's Executive Directorate, said that the international community had become more aware of the fact that human rights and counter-terrorism need not conflict. He said that governments must address the social and societal conditions recruiters exploit to persuade young people to support terrorism.
“Naturally issues such as education, humanitarian support and good governance are important for their own sake, but they are also relevant to our work and should be taken into account in broader, more comprehensive and integrated strategies to address terrorism," Smith said, according to Aid Netherlands. "How to do this will be a challenge but it is one that all of us will need to take up."