Olympic threat will recede, but NBAF’s danger will last

By Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:

With the eyes of the world focused on a possible terrorist attack on the Winter Olympics in Russia, I’m reminded again of safety at the proposed bio-research lab in Manhattan.

Russia has deployed 40,000 to 50,000 security personnel to deter a threat of two “black widow” bombers. “Lone-wolf” terrorists are a fairly new phenomenon and difficult to recognize and deter. I have yet to see a credible plan to address this type of threat, especially on a college campus with students from all over the world.

Russia’s crisis will recede within weeks, while Manhattan’s will exist in perpetuity. This is not confined to foot-and-mouth disease, which possesses no personal threat to humans health, but includes horrific human diseases for which there are no known treatments.

With two breaches in financial security having already oc-curred, I worry about lab safety when it is up and running.

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