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WRONG RECIPE BOOK – AT 8:32 A.M. ET:  More on the adventures of Al Qaeda (see post just below), but this should chill us.  From London's Telegraph:

An al-Qaeda cell killed by the Black Death may have been developing biological weapons when it was infected, it has been reported.

The group of 40 terrorists were reported to have been killed by the plague at a training camp in Algeria earlier this month.

It was initially believed that they could have caught the disease through fleas on rats attracted by poor living conditions in their forest hideout.

But there are now claims the cell was developing the disease as a weapon to use against Western cities.

Experts said that the group was developing chemical and biological weapons.

Dr Igor Khrupinov, a biological weapons expert at Georgia University, told The Sun: "Al-Qaeda is known to experiment with biological weapons. And this group has direct communication with other cells around the world."

And...

It was reported last year that up to 100 potential terrorists had attempted to become postgraduate students in Britain in an attempt to use laboratories.

COMMENT:   We're constantly being told how weak and disorganized Al Qaeda is, but the group remains a deadly threat, and that threat includes mass casualties. 

A small squad of hijackers inflicted more death on Americans on September 11, 2001, than the Japanese fleet, with five carriers, did at Pearl Harbor.

Biological weapons, to be sure, are hard to use.  But that should give us no satisfaction.  The panic created by even a small, successful attack could alter the way Americans live, especially in large cities, and cost this country tens of billions in defensive measures.

July 28, 2010