A new report by a bi-partisan commission says the U.S. can expect a terrorist attack using nuclear or biological weapons before the year 2013.
The report of the Commission on the Prevention of WMD Proliferation and Terrorism, headed by Sens. Bob Graham and Jim Talent, suggests the Obama administration bolster efforts to prepare for germ warfare by terrorists.
"Our margin of safety is shrinking, not growing," states the report.
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It seems biological weapons are much more likely to be made and used before nuclear weapons. That's because nuclear facilities tend to be more carefully guarded than civilian labs with potentially deadly viruses.
Most terrorist groups still lack the scientific and technical ability to make biological or nuclear weapons, the report says.
However, it warns the gap can be easily overcome if terrorists find scientists willing to share or sell their know-how.
"The United States should be less concerned that terrorists will become biologists and far more concerned that biologists will become terrorists," the report states.
The report also says the terror threat out of Pakistan is especially dangerous.
"Were one to map terrorism and weapons of mass destruction today, all roads would intersect in Pakistan," the report states.
"We think time is not our ally. The (United States) needs to move with a sense of urgency," Gaham said.
More Troops on the Homefront
The Pentagon, meanwhile, expects to have 20,000 additional uniformed troops stationed in America in case of a potential nuclear attack.
The military hopes to have the new force trained by the year 2011 to help state and local officials in the event of an attack or other domestic catastrophe, the Washington Post reports.
Critics are worried about the potential strain on the military.
There's also concern the new force would undermine Posse Comitatus - the federal law that restricts the military's role in law enforcement within the U.S.
Sources: The Associated Press, CBN News