Report: Justice Department Unprepared For A WMD Attack
June 4, 2010 by Special To Personal Liberty
In a new report, the Justice Department’s inspector general concludes that the majority of the nation’s law enforcement agencies are unprepared for an attack involving a weapon of mass destruction (WMD).
The 61-page review, authored by inspector general Glenn Fine, found that none of the law enforcement agencies under the Justice Department’s control—with the exception of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)—have developed operational response plans to deal with an attack, The New York Times reports. It also found that the department, as a whole, is "uncoordinated and fragmented" in terms of their oversight management.
According to Fine, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the United States Marshall Service does not provide training to their employees for responding to a WMD attack.
"We found the response planning among all the components…to be inconsistent and not well coordinated," he wrote in the report.
Meanwhile, a bipartisan commission in January gave the Obama administration an "F" for its ability to respond to a biological attack, according to The Los Angeles Times.