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- n. Plural form of biological weapon.
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The author of that attack, Bruce E. Ivins, was one of the leading biological weapons researchers in the United States.
The first UNSCOM United Nations Special Commission on Disarmament inspection teams began work inside Iraq in May 1991, and quickly discovered that Iraq had successfully developed a considerable stockpile of chemical and biological weapons and was closer than most believed to the development of a nuclear device.
There is, however, evidence that the group was experimenting with crude chemical weapons, was exploring the use of biological weapons such as botulinum, salmonella, and anthrax, and also made multiple attempts to acquire radioactive materials suitable for a dirty bomb.
Shortly before 9/11, an exercise positing a biological weapons attack on the United States conducted by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Studies and the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a heavyweight Washington think tank, had received considerable attention from Vice President Cheney.
And I'll develop new defenses to protect against the 21st century threat of biological weapons and cyber-terrorism - threats that I'll discuss in more detail tomorrow.
On an al-Qaeda computer, recovered after the fall of the Taliban, Ayman al-Zawahiri wrote to Mohammed Atef on April 15, 1999, saying, “Despite their extreme danger, we only became aware of chemical and biological weapons when the enemy drew our attention to them by repeatedly expressing concerns that they can be produced simply with easily available materials.”