Former U.S. Senator Bob Graham was in Australia today to discuss the recent finding from Washington that a terrorist attack involving a weapon of mass destruction is likely to occur in the next five years, the Australian Associated Press reported (see GSN, March 13).
"It is more likely than not, the odds are better than 50-50, that between now and the end of 2013 a weapon of mass destruction will be used somewhere on the globe," Graham (D-Fla.), chairman of the congressionally mandated Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, told lawmakers in Sydney.
"We do not have an unlimited amount of time to take the steps that will change that probability," he said in discussing the panel's report.
Reaffirming the commission's findings, Graham said a biological attack is more likely than nuclear terrorism.
"It does not require the infrastructure of laboratories, equipment, centrifuges and others that are necessary to enrich uranium," he said. "It's also easier to transport, it is easier to hide because many of the pathogens for weapons are also the same for legitimate medical and other acceptable purposes."
China, India and Pakistan are leading the escalation of nuclear proliferation, Graham said. The WMD threat, though, must be faced by all nations, he added.
"This is not a U.S., this not an Australian, this is not a European or Asian issue, this is a world issue and it's going to take a world response," Graham said (Australian Associated Press/The Age, March 26).
Retired U.S. Gen. Richard Myers, former head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, offered a similar warning in an interview with Newsmax.
“I’m not an alarmist but I did spend four years right after 9/11 looking at all this intelligence from violent extremists,” he said. “ They could (attack America) through biological weapons. God forbid if they get their hands on nuclear materials, they could do it that way as well. And they’re ruthless so we know they’d use them.”
“I don’t see the intelligence on a daily basis anymore, but I do think the threat is very high,” Myers added (Jim Meyers, Newsmax, March 25).