CBRN: The Looming threat

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America is under the treat of a terrorist attack. Ever since the events of September 11th that idea has become a constant reality to the American public. Although terrorism is not a new concept, not even on American soil, it has become more of a reality in the resent decade. Terrorism takes many forms and threats are not always the way someone might picture them. Homegrown terrorist can have the same effect that international organizations may. Each group is attempting to achieve their own political or social goals and the only thing Americans can do is to prepare for the inevitable. The attack could come in many forms but a Chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear attack could be devastating. These weapons have been used in the past with devastating results. Despite the treat of CBRN weapons America fails to address its vulnerabilities to this threat.
Terrorism is not a new concept and although the treat has been highlighted by the events of September 11th, there has been a history of terrorism in America leading as far back as the establishment of the country. Although the proverb of “one mans terrorist is another mans freedom fighter” can be true on certain accounts, there is a distinction. The CIA uses a definition outlined by Title 22 Section 2656f(d) of the US Code, which states, "terrorism means premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents ” (2013). This definition has two important aspects, politically motivated violence and the targeting noncombatants. These two aspects address the motive and methods of a terrorist organization. Through the understanding of this definition it becomes clear that organizations like Al-Qaeda are ...

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