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Bracing for Armageddon?The Science and Politics of Bioterrorism in America$
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William R Clark

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195336214

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336214.001.0001

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A Brief History of Bioterrorism

A Brief History of Bioterrorism

(p.21) Chapter 2 A Brief History of Bioterrorism
Bracing for Armageddon?

William R. Clark

Oxford University Press

Chapter 2 traces the history of bioterrorism in the US and eldewhere, beginning with the Rajneeshee episode in Oregon in 1985. The unsuccessful Aum Shinrikyo forays into bioterrorism in Japan in the 1980s-90s are also reviewed. The postal anthrax attacks of 2001 are discussed in detail, along with activities of organizations such as the Minnesota Patriots Council and individuals like Larry Wayne Harris. With the exception of the postal anthrax attacks, these incidents caused few deaths, and very few serious injuries. A discussion of bioterrorism vs. biocrime is presented.

Keywords:   biological warfare, bioweapons, biocrime, terrorism, salmonella, anthrax spores, botulin toxin, ricin

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