Seriously? I can't think of anything much more frightening than the scenario laid out in this Fox news article: Dangerous Animal Virus on U.S. Mainland?
Homeland Security took over Foot and Mouth Disease research from the Department of Agriculture because bio-hazard risks now fall under their domain due to the potential terrorist threats. So Homeland Security and the White House want to move the research off the secluded island where it has been housed for more than 50 years and put it somewhere like Kansas or Georgia? What?
From the article:
Foot-and-mouth virus can be carried on a worker's breath or clothes, or vehicles leaving a lab, and is so contagious it has been confined to Plum Island, N.Y., for more than a half-century — far from commercial livestock. The existing lab is 100 miles northeast of New York City in the Long Island Sound, accessible only by ferry or helicopter. Researchers there who work with the live virus are not permitted to own animals at home that would be susceptible, and they must wait at least a week before attending outside events where such animals might perform, such as a circus.
Homeland Security and the White House say it will be safe because "containment procedures have improved." Exactly how have they improved if it can be carried on workers' breath? Why do we think we'd be better at containment than the British?
How many brain cells do these people have?
Ugh. Dear Lord, please let the Democrats win in November so we can be sure we get Bush's cronies out of these positions.