Commentary and information about public safety and security, intelligence and counterintelligence, open government and secrecy, and other issues in northern Idaho and eastern Washington.

Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States

Raised in Palouse, WA. Graduated from Washington State University. US Army (Counterintelligence). US Secret Service (Technical Security Division) in Fantasyland-on-the-Potomac and Los Angeles. Now living in north Idaho.

Friday, February 11, 2005


We in north Idaho live in an agricultural area. The Palouse country to the south is one of the richest grain-producing areas in the world. And lest we forget, timber is still an agricultural product.

Agroterrorism is a subset of bioterrorism and is defined as the deliberate introduction of an animal or plant disease with the goals of generating fear, economic losses, or undermining stability. Agriculture and food production have generally received less attention in counterterrorism and homeland security. Thankfully, that is changing.

On August 13, 2004, The Library of Congress, Congressional Research Service, released an informative 49-page report entitled Agroterrorism - Threats and Preparedness. The first 23 pages are pretty blah, being devoted to funding and legislation issues. The informative stuff begins on page 24, identifying possible pathogens in an agroterrorist attack. Then immediately following on page 28 is a discussion of what it will take to effectively counter the agroterrorism threat.


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