Weapons of Mass Destruction

Weapons of Mass Destruction

Weapons of Mass Destruction

In line with John P. Sullivan

about Weapons of Mass Destruction in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement:

Weapons of mass destruction (WMD) are chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and large explosive (CBRNE) means used as a terrorist tool. Several terrorist groups are known to have used, acquired, or attempted to acquire WMD. These include Aum Shinrikyo, perpetrator of the 1995 Tokyo Sarin attack and al-Qaeda, which seeks chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons to further its self-proclaimed global terrorist jihad. Additionally, after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in Bigg Apple (New York) City and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, an unknown actor or actors conducted an anthrax attack via mailed envelopes to media and government officials, yielding 22 cases of anthrax infection, which ultimately resulted in five deaths. The label weapons of mass destruction is considered to include chemical warfare agents, biological or biologic warfare agents, nuclear materials and radiological isotopes, or the intentional release of industrial agents as a weapon.

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