While the U.S. is relieved to be winning the Iraq war, we’re all quaking at the thought of possible terrorist retaliation. Now scientists have created a drug called HE2100 that can protect people from the effects of a nuclear attack. Hollis-Eden Pharmaceuticals says it will protect most people outside the immediate area of where the bomb hits.

High levels of radiation destroy white blood cells, which protect the body against infection. Death can also be caused by bleeding, since radiation also destroys the ability of blood clots to form. HE2100 helps the body to produce white blood cells much more quickly than normal. After further tests, the company will apply to the FDA for permission to sell the drug.
read more

U.S. and Mexican officials are searching for six Iraqis who crossed the border into the southern U.S. who may have “toxic materials” requiring refrigeration. These could be either biological or radiological materials. The Iraqis got into the U.S. with the help of the same human smugglers who bring in illegal aliens. Tips from the public, as well as undercover investigations, uncovered the plot.

Another report says that earlier this week, Mexican authorities detained six Iraqi citizens as they tried to cross into the U.S. from Tijuana. They claimed to be Germans who had arrived at the Tijuana airport the night before on a flight from Mexico City and have been returned to Mexico City for questioning.
read more

Terrorists have targeted our largest nuclear power plant, the Palo Verde plant near Phoenix, and security officials are looking for Iraqi “sleeper cells” that might carry out the attack. National Guard troops have been sent to guard the facility. And congress warns that millions of Americans are in danger if terrorists manage to successfully attack just a few of our 123 most dangerous chemical plants.

Officials say the report on the threat to the Palo Verde plant was “uncorroborated threat information” from classified intelligence reports distributed to law enforcement and security officials. Palo Verde is the largest nuclear power plant in the U.S., with three reactors that produce 30 billion kilowatt hours of electricity last year each year.
read more

The poison ricin has been found inside a locker at the Gare de Lyon railway station in Paris. Ricin, a toxin found in castor beans, is 6,000 times more powerful than cyanide and can be ingested or inhaled. Officials say there were “two vials with a powder, a bottle filled with a liquid and two smaller bottles also containing a liquid” in the locker. The powder turned out to be iron perchloride, which is used for explosives, and there was also a small bottle of cyanide. French police had been watching the locker where the ricin was found, and hoped to arrest the terrorist when he came back to open it, but no one arrived.
read more