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FAS Public Interest Report
The Journal of the Federation of American Scientists
March / April 2002
Volume 55, Number 2
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Dirty Bombs: Response to a Threat

The US has indicated its willingness to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to combat threats that are, in our view, far less likely to occur than a radiological attack. This includes funding defensive measures that are far less likely to succeed than the measures that we propose in this testimony. The comparatively modest investments to reduce the danger of radiological attack surely deserve priority support. More...

The "War on Terror" and the "War on Drugs": A Comparison

While similarities between the problems of illicit drug distribution and foreign-based terrorist activity run deep, terrorism is also unlike drug distribution in vital ways. As a result, we cannot simply "port" successful strategies and tactics, or evaluative techniques, from drug policy to terrorism control. "As our case is new, we must think anew, and act anew." More...

Results of the FAS Member Survey

In early 2002, FAS conducted a survey of our members. Although FAS' members are a group with mutual concerns, common backgrounds, and scientific interests, their survey responses do differ somewhat. More...


Making Sense of Information Restrictions After September 11

by Steven Aftergood and Henry Kelly

Continued growth of restrictions without any clear end in sight creates understandable concern that we are watching a veil of indiscriminate security descending on significant portions of the American policy process. More...

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