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Question of Bioterrorism Preparedness: Testimony of Stephen Gale, Co-Chair, Foreign Policy Research Institute's Center on Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism, and Homeland Security, and Gergory Montanaro, Executive Director, Foreign Policy Research Institute's Center on Terrorism, before the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Committee on Public Health and Welfare, March 22, 2005   [open pdf - 61KB]

From the statement of Stephen Gale, Co-Chair, Foreign Policy Research Institute's Center on Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism, and Homeland Security, and Gergory Montanaro, Executive Director, Foreign Policy Research Institute's Center on Terrorism, before the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Committee on Public Health and Welfare, held on March 22, 2005: "Neither Mr. Montanaro nor I are healthcare professionals. However, we do have a broad understanding of terrorism, the potential effects of bioterrorism, and the measures that the Commonwealth needs to employ in order to prevent and/or mitigate the effects of bioterrorism attacks. As we understand it, the primary reason for this hearing is to address reports that suggest that the Commonwealth is prepared for neither bioterrorism attacks nor natural health-care crises such as pandemic flu epidemics. As we see it, while it is useful to analyze the general state of the health care infrastructure, treatment facilities, and manpower, it is critical that you understand that the Commonwealth must deal with preparations for bioterrorism attacks independently of the procedures used in standard healthcare planning. Terrorist attacks are volitional and, unlike natural events, bioterrorism attacks will be planned and executed in order to achieve objectives that are only indirectly related to the loss of lives or the disruption America's healthcare system. As we see it, then, to the extent that any of the states is 'prepared' to deal with the threat of a bioterrorism attack, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is certainly not in a worse position--and, in fact, may be significantly better."

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