|Issue No 118||02 November 2001|
Letters to the Editor
The Ostrich Approach
With the continuing "Anthrax", scares proliferating through suspicious articles sent through the mail, it would appear that national security organizations are as usual not seeing the trees for the forest.
With every major city in the world having large multi storied buildings, and in some cases thousands of people working in them, with many more thousands passing through, one feels physical sickened at the possibilities for on the ground covert biological terrorism.
To give an example: - Most of these building are climate controlled by air conditioning systems which use cooling towers. The water in these cooling towers has in the past, been the cause of outbreaks of legionnaire's disease, a debilitating condition on occasions causing death. These cooling towers, if not regularly disinfected properly, are a perfect incubation environment in which to cultivate a lethal virus`.
As these towers are not secure and are rarely checked, and in fact many are probably not even registered with local health authorities, the possibilities for terrorist activities to swiftly and silently cause havoc in our major cities with impunity, is immeasurable.
We are at war, and the enemy has already displayed a proclivity for terrorizing the civilian populace, so I for one, will be avoiding large building that rely on water cooling towers to provide a climate controlled environment, unless thy can show that their cooling systems, are secure and constantly monitored by properly security cleared and experienced operators.
Air inlet vents in buildings should be immediately moved to inaccessible places, as these also are opportunities to create terror without the necessity to be of a close proximity, through the use of easily accessible chemicals and gases which can be introduced to building through these insecure accesses.
The continued Ostrich approach to this ever present terror in our midst could have serious implications for any government that does not ensure the safety of our citizens.
We are vulnerable!
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