January 31, 2003
An anthrax attack on a civilian population comes with one certainty: It's hard to carry out successfully, experts said Thursday. To kill a large number of civilians would take sophisticated capabilities and knowledge likely beyond most terrorist groups, said Granger Morgan, Lord Professor of EPP, Heinz School, and ECE; Department Head of EPP.
"There's a lot of good news here. To mount an effective biological attack is a tough problem. If your objective is terror, it doesn't necessarily take a very effective attack." Along with instilling terror, the damage to the economy would be enormous, Morgan said. The cost to clean up anthrax sent through the mail following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks now tops $800 million, he said. (Summary of Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article, "Experts Say Effective Anthrax Attack Difficult," from Carnegie Mellon Media Coverage.)
Headshot of Granger Morgan