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PUBLIC HEALTH ----- BIOTERRORISM Hsu, Jiun-Haur ( James ) Definition of Terrorism Definition of Terrorism under U.S. Law Definitions As used in this section— (1) the term “international terrorism” means terrorism involving citizens or the territory of more than 1 country; (2) the term “terrorism” means premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents; (3) the term “terrorist group” means any group, or which has significant subgroups which practice, international terrorism; Bioterrorism, as the name goes, is a way of “terrorism” by using biological weapon or biochemical weapon. It is an attractive weapon due to biological agents are relatively easy and inexpensive to obtain or produce, can be easily disseminated, and can cause widespread fear and panic beyond the actual physical damage they can cause. Military leaders, however, have learned that, as a military asset, bioterrorism has some important limitations, it is difficult to employ a bioweapon in a way that only the enemy is affected and not friendly forces. A biological weapon is useful to terrorists mainly as a method of creating mass panic and disruption to a society. However, technologists have warned of the potential power which genetic engineering might place in the hands of future bio- terrorists. The history of bioterrorism The earlist bioterrorism can be traced back to ancient Roman civilization, when feces was thrown into enemies. However in ancient China, within some unoffical writings, around 2500 years ago,
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