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Books, Journals, New Media
March 26, 2003


Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 2003;289(12):1571. doi:10.1001/jama.289.12.1571-a

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."