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  1. Facing Fear (
      "Facing Fear was developed to address a demand by educators and caregivers of children for materials to help children cope in uncertain times." 2-03

  1. -Terrorism and Security News (MSNBC News)
      Provides news on terrorism and security, with an emphasis on homeland security.

  2. Homeland Security News (MSNBC News)
      Provides news on security issues.

  3. Homeland Security News (Whitehouse - Homeland Security)
      Provides information on the level of risk for attacks by terrorists, news related to countering terrorism within the United States, and more.

  1. -02-18-05 Negroponte New Intelligence Chief (
      "U.S. President George W. Bush named U.S. Ambassador to Iraq John Negroponte to be the first director of national intelligence, a position created to improve the collection and sharing of information about terrorist threats." 2-05

  2. -12-08-06 U.S.-Bound Cargo to Be Checked (CBS News)
      "U.S.-bound cargo at six overseas ports will be screened for nuclear and radiological material in an expanded effort to prevent terrorist bombs from entering American waters, federal officials said Thursday." 12-06

  3. Airport Security to Use Strip Check (USA Today)
      "The agency in charge of the nation's air security expects later this year to begin using a controversial X-ray machine that will show airport screeners a clear picture of what's under passengers' clothes — whether weapons or just bare skin."

      "The ACLU says the scanners invade personal privacy." 4-05

  4. Approach to Quarantines: Medieval or Modern? (MSNBC News)
      "Quarantine — or some version of it — in a 21st-century flu pandemic would look very different from the medieval stereotype of diseased outcasts locked in a do-not-enter zone."

      "President Bush’s specter of a military-enforced mass quarantine is prompting debate of the Q-word as health officials update the nation’s plan for battling a pandemic — a plan expected to define who decides when and how to separate the contagious from everyone else."

      "Bush’s comments recall how quarantines were enforced in parts of this country in the 1890s, when armed guards patrolled streets to keep victims of smallpox and other dread diseases confined to their homes."

      On the other hand, "The SARS epidemic of 2003 illustrated that 'the public will voluntarily comply with measures to both protect themselves and their loved ones' — if doctors make the case that the steps are for their own good," said Dr. Marty Cetron, head of quarantine at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

      " 'Quarantine' means restricting the movement of still healthy people who may have been exposed to an infectious disease, in case they’re carrying it. It’s almost always for a brief time; during SARS, for instance, hospital workers exposed to suspect cases were asked to stay home from work during the respiratory disease’s 10-day incubation period." 10-05

  5. Expert: Suicide Bombers Not Motivated Primarily by Religion (MSNBC News)
      Tucker Carlson: "I should also say you’ve compiled the world’s largest database on suicide terrorism. You studied every suicide bombing in the world since about 1980, so you’re a good guy to ask, obviously, the guy to ask. You make the point, if I understand it correctly, that, most of the time, suicide bombing is a response to foreign occupation, you say, not a product of religious extremism."

      Robert Pape: "Yes. Over 95 percent of all suicide terrorist attacks around the world since 1980 have in common not religion, but a clear strategic purpose, to compel modern democracies to withdraw military forces from the territory that the terrorists view as their homeland or prize greatly." 7-05

  6. Homeland Security Department Created (BBC News)
      "US President George W Bush has signed the Homeland Security Act, creating a huge new government department." "The Department of Homeland Security will have nearly 170,000 employees and merge the functions of 22 existing agencies" and will have a budget of $40 billion. Tom Ridge will be the head of the new department. 11-02

  7. Pattern of False Terrorist Warnings (TV Newser)
      MSNBC's Keith Olbermann: "Well...I'm going to raise this question as skeptically and bluntly as I can. It's not a question that doubts the existence of terror, nor the threat of terrorism. But we've cobbled together in the last couple of hours a list of at least 13 occasions that -- on which -- whenever there has been news that significantly impacted the White House negatively, there has been some sudden credible terror threat somewhere in this country. How could the coincidence be so consistent?"

      Craig Crawford: "It's, it is a pattern." 10-05

  8. Preparing for a Terrorist Attack (American Red Cross)
      Describes what we should do to prepare ourselves and our families for a terrorist attack. 2-03

  9. Preparing for a Terrorist Attack (Homeland Security)
      Suggests how to prepare for a biological, chemical, or radiation threat. Suggests what you need to have safe water and food, clean air, and other supplies. Discusses the contents of a first aid kit. 2-03

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  2. Gas Masks (
      Provides gas masks. Some of these, but not all, were designed to handle chemical or biological terrorist attacks. Awesome Library does not endorse these materials, but provides them as an example. 2-03

  3. Masks - Filter for Emergencies (
      "In the case of a biological or poisonous gas attack, the Air-Aid Mask can provide the first line of defense for those of us who don't happen to have a respirator, gas mask, or SCBA airpack immediately available. The Air-Aid Mask can provide a stopgap measure to give you the extra time to exit the contaminated area." These do not replace the need for respirator masks but are claimed to be better than no mask. Respirators are more effective, but bulkier and more expensive. Awesome Library does not endorse these products but lists them as examples. 11-02

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      "The Exitair™ is a pocket sized emergency escape smoke hood. It provides an individual the chance to quickly escape from fire and smoke while allowing freedom to breathe and communicate. In addition to protecting the respiratory system, it protects the hair, eyes, and face from smoke, fire and sparks." Awesome Library does not endorse these products but lists them as examples. 11-02

  5. Masks - Isolation (
      "The RespAide™ CPR Isolation Mask includes a modular valve component that filters exhaled breath in both directions, providing a superior barrier to cross contamination." Awesome Library does not endorse these products but lists them as examples. 11-02

  6. Masks - Respirator Masks (
      Provides masks to protect against particulates. Costs around $10. Awesome Library does not endorse these products but lists them as examples. 11-02


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