Terrorists “More Likely Than Not” To Use A Weapon Of Mass Destruction Between Now And The Next 18 Months, Concludes Homeland Security Committee. And The Really Bad News? The United States Is Unprepared To Deal With It Or The Ensuing Chaos

Sunday, June 26, 2011
By Paul Martin

US not ready for WMD attack, report says

By Lauren Ceronie
The Hill.com

The United States is unprepared for an attack involving weapons of mass destruction, according to a report by the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism.

The report, and the commission’s prediction that it is “more likely than not” that a WMD will be used by terrorists by the end of 2013, were the principal topics at Thursday’s joint subcommittee hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee on the Weapons of Mass Destruction Prevention and Preparedness Act of 2011.

Lawmakers discussed the commission’s statement, made in a prior report, that “Unless the world community acts decisively and with great urgency, it is more likely than not that a weapon of mass destruction will be used in a terrorist attack somewhere in the world by the end of 2013.”

Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.), chairman of the subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies, called the report “a startling reminder of the danger we face as a nation” and emphasized the need to protect the nation from an attack.

Lungren acknowledged the Congress has not met the commission’s recommendations to fully prepare the country for an attack.

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