Global Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction: Hearings Before the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourth Congress, First Session, Part 3
United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Governmental Affairs. Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations
U.S. Government Printing Office, 1996
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Page 122 - Terrorism is both a threat to our national security as well as a criminal act. The Administration has stated that it is the policy of the United States to use all appropriate means to deter, defeat and respond to all terrorist attacks on our territory and resources, both people and facilities, wherever they occur. In support of these efforts, the United States will: • Employ efforts to deter, preempt, apprehend and prosecute terrorists.
Page 81 - Made up of several components. NEST capabilities include search and identification of nuclear materials, diagnostics and assessment of suspected nuclear devices, and disablement and containment programs. NEST personnel and equipment are deployable at all times.
Page 15 - I'm sure it was in the bomb. Thank God the sodium cyanide burned instead of vaporizing. If the sodium cyanide had vaporized, it is clear what would have happened is [that] the cyanide gas would have been sucked into the north tower and everybody in the north tower would have been killed.
Page 51 - EMERGENCIES INVOLVING CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL AGENTS. — (1) In addition to equipment and facilities described in subsection (a), the Secretary may provide an item referred to in paragraph (2) to a Federal, State, or local law enforcement or emergency response agency to prepare for or respond to an emergency involving chemical or biological agents if the Secretary determines that the item is not reasonably available from another source.
Page 123 - ... Support Team (EST) will provide required capabilities on scene: a Foreign Emergency Support Team (FEST) for foreign incidents and a Domestic Emergency Support Team (DEST) for domestic incidents. DEST membership will be limited to those agencies required to respond to the specific incident Both teams will include elements for specific types of incidents such as nuclear, biological or chemical threats. The Director...
Page 124 - ... notice. Agencies will bear the costs of their participation in terrorist incidents and counterterrorist operations, unless otherwise directed. d. NBC Consequence Management The development of effective capabilities for preventing and managing the consequences of terrorist use of nuclear, biological or chemical (NBC) materials or weapons is of the highest priority. Terrorist acquisition of weapons of mass destruction is not acceptable and there is no higher priority than preventing the acquisition...
Page 122 - Measures to Combat Terrorism. To ensure that the United States is prepared to combat terrorism in all its forms, a number of measures have been directed. These include reducing vulnerabilities to terrorism, deterring and responding to terrorist acts, and having capabilities to prevent and manage the consequences of terrorist use of nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) weapons, including those of mass destruction. a. Reduce Vulnerabilities. In order to reduce our vulnerabilities to terrorism, both...
Page 123 - US vulnerabilities to international terrorism through intelligence collection/analysis, counterintelligence, and covert action. b. Deter. To deter terrorism, it is necessary to provide a clear public position that our policies will not be affected by terrorist acts and we will vigorously deal with terrorist/sponsors to reduce terrorist capabilities and support. In this regard, we must make it clear that we will not allow terrorism to succeed and that the pursuit, arrest, and prosecution of terrorists...
Page 72 - Federal interagency support which is being encompassed in the DEST concept. The primary agencies who would be called upon for assistance in the event of a major domestic terrorist or WMD incident include the Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of Health and Human Services...
Page 123 - FEMA, will ensure that the Federal Response Plan is adequate for consequence management activities in response to terrorist attacks against large US populations, including those where weapons of mass destruction are involved. FEMA will also ensure that State response plans and capabilities are adequate and tested. FEMA, supported by all Federal Response Plan signatories, will assume the Lead Agency role for consequence management in Washington, DC and on scene. If...