Biological agents can be spread through the air, water, or in food, terrorists tend to use biological agents because they are extremely difficult to detect and do not cause illness for several hours to several days.
Some bioterrorism agents, like the smallpox virus, can be spread person to person and some, like anthrax. A biological weapon is useful to terrorists mainly as a method of creating mass panic, however, technologists such as Bill Joy have warned of the potential power which genetic engineering might place in the hands of future bio-terrorists. The use of agents that do not cause harm to humans, by the time World War I began, attempts to use anthrax were directed at animal populations.
This generally proved to be ineffective, shortly after the start of World War I, Germany launched a biological sabotage campaign in the United States, Russia, Romania, and France.
At that time, Anton Dilger lived in Germany, but in he was sent to the United States carrying cultures of glanders, Dilger set up a laboratory in his home in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He used stevedores working the docks in Baltimore to infect horses with glanders while they were waiting to be shipped to Britain, Dilger was under suspicion as being a German agent, but was never arrested. Dilger eventually fled to Madrid, Spain, where he died during the Influenza Pandemic of , in , the Russians arrested a German agent with similar intentions.
In police in Chicago arrested two students, Allen Schwander and Stephen Pera, who had planned to poison the citys water supply with typhoid. Schwander had founded a terrorist group, R. E, while Pera collected and grew cultures from the hospital where he worked. The two men fled to Cuba after being released on bail, Schwander died of natural causes in , while Pera returned to the U.
In the World Health Organization announced the eradication of smallpox, although the disease has been eliminated in the wild, frozen stocks of smallpox virus are still maintained by the governments of the United States and Russia. Disastrous consequences are feared if rogue politicians or terrorists were to get hold of the smallpox strains, since vaccination programs are now terminated, the world population is more susceptible to smallpox than ever before. In Oregon in , followers of the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh attempted to control a local election by incapacitating the local population.
Discovery Channel — Discovery Channel is an American basic cable and satellite television channel that is the flagship television property of Discovery Communications, a publicly traded company run by CEO David Zaslav. Flagship channel and its various owned or licensed television channels internationally, programming on the flagship Discovery Channel in the U.
A popular annual feature on the channel is Shark Week, which airs on Discovery during the summer months, as of February , Discovery Channel is available to approximately 96,, pay television households in the United States.
The Discovery Channel began broadcasting on June 17, and it was initially available to , households and broadcast for 12 hours each day between 3 p. About 75 percent of its content had never been broadcast on U. In its early years, the focus centered on educational programming in the form of cultural and wildlife documentaries. It also broadcast some Soviet programming during this time, including the news program Vremya, in , the channel premiered the nightly program World Monitor.
By , the channel was available in over 50 million households, the drop in viewership was widely attributed to an over-reliance on a few hit series, such as Monster Garage and American Chopper.
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Some critics said such shows strayed from Discoverys intention of providing more educationally based shows aimed at helping viewers learn about the world around them, in , Discovery changed its programming focus to include more popular science and historical themes. The networks ratings eventually recovered in , the network was nominated for seven Primetime Emmy Awards that year for shows including The Flight that Fought Back and Deadliest Catch. On September 1,, year-old James Jay Lee entered the Discovery Communications headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, Lee fired at least one shot and held several employees hostage, he was later shot dead by police.
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