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Bracing for Armageddon?The Science and Politics of Bioterrorism in America$
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William R Clark

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195336214

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336214.001.0001

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The Politics of Bioterrorism in America

The Politics of Bioterrorism in America

(p.149) Chapter 9 The Politics of Bioterrorism in America
Bracing for Armageddon?

William R. Clark

Oxford University Press

How did we arrive at our current national posture regarding bioterrorism, especially in the context of other challenges our nation faces in the 21st century? Part of what has driven the near-hysteria about bioterrorism is its conflation with a larger “war on terror”. And part of the terror of bioterrorism is that it is based on things we cannot see, and few of us understand. We rely on scientific experts to explain them to us, but scientific experts themselves have differing points of view – political points of view – about bioterrorism, just as they have differing points of view about global warming, or stem cell research, or the beginnings of life. This chapter traces the events, fears, and political maneuverings that have made bioterrorism into a multi-billion dollar per year industry in the US.

Keywords:   military perspective, J. Lederberg, Alibel, W. Frist, Nunn/Lugar, W. Patrick, media, Dark Winter, GAO, M. Leitenberg

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