Defense Expert: Ebola Not Likely to be Used for Bioterrorism

Friday, 08 Aug 2014 11:27 AM

By Melissa Clyne

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While Ebola is a deadly virus, Americans should not panic that terror groups like ISIS will attempt to use it as a bioweapon, Steven Bucci, a former Army Special Forces officer who also served as assistant to former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Newsmax TV Friday.

"It seems to be attractive for people, particularly novelists and moviemakers, as a bioweapon," he said on "America's Forum." "Fortunately, it is a poor choice for that, not discounting what's going on. This is a horrendous outbreak, and we need to deal with it. I don't think we need to worry right now about weaponization of this particular disease."

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The current Ebola outbreak is "bigger and broader" than those in years past, according to Bucci, in that it has typically been limited to more "isolated, rural areas" while it is now being seen in more populated areas and appears to be spreading more rapidly than in the past.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is "the best of the best," he said, and is "pretty darn exemplary as far as their capability to protect us and to help the whole world."

He takes exception with anyone who would lay the blame on the United States for the current situation.

"Saying we're to blame for it is way out of line," he told host Miranda Khan. "If we did not respond fast enough, if we did not throw enough assets at it, that's a debatable point. Those countries have to ask for that help before we give it. We don't just arrive unbidden. I don't know whether those countries asked for that help as quickly as they should have or not. It's kind of similar to the Katrina event where the governor had to ask for federal help before the feds can show up."

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