Top Army Biowar Lab Suspends Research After Toxin-Tracking Scare
Rutgers University molecular biologist Richard Ebright wonders how many more biodefense labs are having problems tracking and handling deadly agents. In an e-mail to Danger Room, he notes:
- There currently are 400 U.S. institutions and 15,000 U.S. individuals authorized to possess bioweapons agents.
- Security measures at the overwhelming majority of the 400 U.S. institutions that possess bioweapons agents are inadequate.
- Very few of the 400 institutions has comprehensive video monitoring of work areas.
- Very few of the 400 institutions has a two-person rule (a rule requiring that at least two persons be present when bioweapons agents are handled).
- Very few of the 400 institutions perform psychological screening and psychological monitoring of personnel.
Of course, the historical problems seen in running academic and civilian labs are not necessarily indications of current problems in Department of Defense labs. labs. However, Ebright’s right, that there’s an “urgent need” to “implement effective security at institutions with access to bioweapons agents.”
— Jason Sigger and Noah Shachtman
Wired Article HERE
Gee, given that back in 01 just post the Anthrax attack I was party to the FBI searches of the Uconn (Storrs Campus) bio labs for Anthrax that they “had” but had not cataloged well enough, I should think that the US would have locked this shit down since then.
Just goes to show you though that the human being is a POOR judge of long term danger. After 9/11 and a bona fide attack using a BIOWEAPON that was MILLED and ANTI STATIC treated, we STILL did not get our collective heads out of our ass and secure the nations labs! What the hell people?
I have written about this before. Recently there was an OIG report that showed that numerous labs were NOT using secure protocols, screening processes, and even in one case had a ground floor room with a plate glass window into the lab!!!
How we aren’t all pestilence ridden is beyond me.