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For Immediate Release

Milton Leitenberg,

Scientists Urge Balanced Approach in Response to Government Report


On Tuesday, January 26, the Graham-Talent
Commission on the Prevention of WMD Proliferation and Terrorism released its
one-year report card evaluating the government's ability to protect the United States
from the threat posed by weapons of mass destruction and terrorism. The
Scientists Working Group on Biological and Chemical Weapons offers an
alternative view on the bioterrorism threat, arguing that the threat is not as
severe as portrayed by the Commission. The Working Group further argues that the
government should take a balanced approach to preparedness that builds public
health capabilities to respond to all infectious disease threats and other
public health problems facing our nation.

The Scientists Working Group was founded in 1989 and has been
affiliated with the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation in Washington, DC
since 2003. Working Group members have extensive experience with biological
weapons issues. For twenty years, they have worked to reinforce the norm
against biological weapons, promote national and international measures to
prevent their development and use, and encourage national and global measures
for combating infectious diseases.

The full statement by the Working Group is available at

A list of Working Group members is available at

For further information or to discuss this statement, please contact
Milton Leitenberg, at 301-340-3049 or

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