This program deals with one of the most dreaded weapons in the terrorist's arsenal, exploring situations that public officials, hospital emergency rooms, health care workers, and law enforcement personnel would have to confront in the event of a biological attack. Biological terror adds another dimension to the horrors of a "straightforward" physical attack: the possibility that one may be a victim and not know it-until it is too late. As individuals attempt to save themselves from the unleashed pathogen, and the government attempts to contain it, daily life and economic activity in entire regions grind to a halt.
A panel of experts wrestles with questions that have largely gone unanswered. Who is in charge? Who gets medical treatment and who decides? Must an affected city be quarantined? Panelists include Richard Clarke, former White House Advisor; Warren Rudman, former U.S. Senator (R-NH); James Gilmore, former Governor (VA); Frank Sesno, CNN Special Correspondent; and Dale Watson, Former Assistant Director for Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence, FBI. Moderated by Cynthia McFadden.
Funders: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the Association of Schools of Public Health through the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health; U.S. Department of Homeland Security; BearingPoint Inc; Carnegie Corporation of New York and The Century Foundation