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Posted at 2:16 PM ET, 04/20/2010

Graham: 'Serious' bio-weapons threat in Middle East

By Jeff Stein
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Former Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Bob Graham, just back from a trip to the Middle East, says he is worried that the flashpoint states of India and Pakistan, as well as Syria and Israel, may have manufactured biological weapons.


“The extent to which they may have done it is classified, but it is a serious threat,” the Florida Democrat said in an interview on the eve of his appearance at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on legislation related to weapons of mass destruction.

“A couple of weeks in the Middle East has given me a greater sense of urgency,” Graham said.

The danger of a conflict between India and Pakistan, or Israel and Syria, respectively, with nuclear or biological weapons is “dangerously high,” he said.

Moreover, he said, the close relationship between a segment of Pakistani intelligence and the Taliban, on the one hand, and Syria and the Lebanon-based Hezbollah militia, on the other, were special cause for worry.

All of which highlighted the need for Congress to focus its attention on the threat such weapons posed to the United States, Graham said, and to prepare better for the possibility of a biological attack.

“There’s been no significant legislation is recent years to establish a response capability.” said Graham, who also chaired the Commission for the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism.

The commission’s vice chairman, former Sen. Jim Talent (R-Mo.) is also scheduled to brief the committee.

Graham said he has “recommended a significant upgrade” in the Public Health Service and hospital emergency rooms to screen for and treat the victims of biological weapons.

House Homeland Security Committee leaders Bill Pascrell (D-N.J) and Peter King (R-N.Y.) are expected to introduce legislation along those lines on Thursday.

UPDATE: In a conference call with reporters Tuesday afternoon, Pascrell and King described their bill, which they would introduce next week, CongressDaily's Chris Strohm reported.

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Comments

bob graham...

you sales and marketing machine!... this is a test run by the defense and intelligence contractor community to see if you have what it takes to make the big sales and marketing pitch...

i suppose the defense and intel contractors haven't bilked the nation's taxpayers out of their lifesavings + their children's and grand children's lifesavings for years to come...

so ...

it's time to put the Republican TeaBagging scare machine back in operation...

information operations... propaganda... yea that's it... get all the americans ready to open up their wallets again ...

just so you can throw it down the big black hole...

do everyone a favor... retire, disappear, it will be better for our economy if you would just...

keep your *fcuking* piehole shut and stop the lies.

(do you really think if that was true, you would be leaking it to the press?)

Posted by: FranknErnest | April 20, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

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