Intelligence Support to the Life Science Community: Mitigating Threats from Bioterrorism [open pdf - 152KB]
"The al-Qa`ida attacks of 11 September 2001 and the delivery of 'Bacillus anthracis' (anthrax) via the US Postal Service triggered a significant increase in initiatives to improve defense against biological attacks. They also reinvigorated a decades-old debate about the contributions that openly published scientific research might make to the efforts of bioterrorists and others who may be developing a biological warfare (BW) or other weapons of mass destruction (WMD) capability. Resolution of this debate could be made easier by input from knowledgeable intelligence and other national security professionals. This article is an overview of this debate, and it summarizes the most recent discussions among bioscience researchers. In addition, it offers some options the Intelligence Community (IC) can consider to help the life science community continue its work effectively, while safeguarding national security."
Center for the Study of Intelligence: http://www.cia.gov/csi/
Journal of the American Intelligence Professional (2004), v.48 no.3