Chemicals are to be released into the atmosphere in ‘terror attack simulation’.
The Department of Homeland Security say they have planned to ‘simulate’ a terror attack by releasing chemicals into the atmosphere at the border between Kansas and Oklahoma.
They say the aim of the operation is to test how people react to certain chemicals being sprayed into the environment, in other word they are using the inhabitants of this part of America as guinea pigs for testing.
During January and February, and again between June and July, the Department plan to release chemicals into the air to see how much protection the average person has in the average house.
This operation suggests that Homeland Security have reason to believe that similar attacks are a real threat from terrorists, as they try to maximize the protection efforts before something like this happens for real.
The DHS issued a press release saying:
“The study is part of the Department’s ongoing commitment to preparedness and the shared responsibility of protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure. The purpose of this study is to gather data that enhances our predictive capabilities in the event of a biological agent attack.
Specifically, this work will help in predicting the extent to which an intentional release of a biological agent may penetrate single family and multi-family structures.
These tests will release inert chemicals and biological materials that will be used to measure the amount of material that penetrates the buildings under varied conditions.”
They say that residents will be safe due to it only being a “low level outdoor release” and that no-one should come to any harm from the attacks.
But the tests are reported to contain a particular chemical, titanium dioxide. This odorless chemical is believed to be carcinogenic and has been linked to brain and nerve damage.
The public has 30 days to submit comments on the environmental assessment to Homeland Security about the proposed tests by email at email@example.com or by mail to:
Department of Homeland Security:
S&T CBD Mail Stop 0201
245 Murray Ln SW
Washington, DC 20528-0201
The deadline for comments is Dec. 8.