Panel: Bio Attack Likely In Next 5 Years

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A report obtained by The Associated Press says the U.S. can expect a terrorist attack using nuclear or biological weapons in the next five years.

Vice President-elect Joe Biden will be briefed tomorrow on the report from the Commission on the Prevention of WMD Proliferation and Terrorism.

The panel says the incoming administration should focus on the threat and recommends that one official on the National Security Council should exclusively coordinate U.S. intelligence and foreign policy on combating the spread of nuclear and biological weapons.

The report finds terrorist groups still lack the ability to make weapons out of pathogens or nuclear bombs. But it warns that gap can be easily overcome, if terrorists find scientists willing to share or sell their know-how.

One of the leaders of the commission, former Florida Senator Bob Graham, says "time is not our ally."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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