The Next Big Thing In Terrorism Has The Pentagon So Worried It's Already Monitoring Scientists

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Yesterday, the number two man in the Department of defence (DoD) told a group of experts what the DoD believes to be the next big thing in terror. They’re so worried about it that they’re already watching scientists in the field to “make sure they don’t get into trouble.”The DoD is scared of bioterrorism, specifically the kind that involves new, synthetic germs being created in labs around the world. Bioterror involves the use of germs or viruses like anthrax or smallpox for an act of terror.

Right now, the DoD is working under the belief that weaponised diseases are going to used against Americans both at home and on the battlefield, and they claim that preparations have to be made for that inevitability. Bioterror will occur, he says.

“It’s going to be a defence problem,” said Deputy Secretary of defence Ashton Carter. “They will be used in war. They will be used in terrorism.”

The DoD is, right now, scrambling to balance the work being done on existing pathogens (think anthrax) and the work being done on potential pathogens, unsure as to what will eventually be thrown at American immune systems.

Carter thinks that it’s going to be the potential pathogens that nail us. 

To delay that event, Carter let slip that the Department has been keeping a close eye on scientists involved in immunology research and germ development, especially the ones who have bred pathogens before. They’re watching scientists who have even just the “know-how” to make a germ. All because they’re convinced that it’s only a matter of time.

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