FBI says surveillance aims to protect nation’s food supply
from ketv: Federal and local authorities said they’re keeping a close eye on the vulnerabilities of the heartland’s agricultural industry in efforts to prevent terrorist attacks. The FBI said it’s actively watching Nebraska farmland and farm operations. Omaha FBI Assistant Special Agent Jim Langenberg said no immediate threats exist, but an attack could cause devastating losses. “We know that Osama bin Laden has looked into our agriculture industry, seen its vulnerabilities and seen what the economic loss could be,” Langenberg said. Farmland south of Lincoln seems a long way from the hotspots in the global fight on terror. But the FBI said an attack could be levied by introducing a pathogen into either a feed lot or on crop land… The FBI said it’s part of a plan to stop any biological agent that might be used in an attack, an attack that may takes days to uncover… The FBI sponsors regular meetings, including an international symposium on agro-terror set for next year in Kansas City.
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