Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor; adviser
for new media, Robert Hogan, MD, San Diego.
According to a Federal Bureau of Investigation bulletin issued November
15, 2002, "In selecting its next targets, sources suggest Al Qaeda may favor
spectacular attacks that meet several criteria: high symbolic value, mass
casualties, severe damage to the American economy and maximum psychological
trauma." Soon after the tragedies of September 11, 2001,22 cases
of anthrax were reported from several cities following distribution of Bacillus anthracis spores via the US mail: The "weapons-grade"
spores, it is noted in this bulletin, suggested a high degree of sophistication
involving "high spore concentration, uniform particle size, low electrostatic
charge, treated to reduce clumping."
Panwalker A. BioterrorismBioterrorism. JAMA. 2003;289(12):1571. doi:10.1001/jama.289.12.1571-a