Terrorism is the deliberate use of violence motivated by underlying or overt political objectives. In bioterrorism, such acts are undertaken with biological weapons, or bioweapons, which are illness- or disease-causing agents that are deliberately released to sicken humans or agricultural animals and crops. Also referred to as germ weapons, these agents include viruses, bacteria, fungi, and toxins. Due to the theoretical potential for bioweapons to cause pandemics and death on a widespread scale, they are considered weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), along with chemical and nuclear weapons.
Biological warfare is the intentional use of such weapons to kill or incapacitate an enemy. International law prohibits nations from developing, stockpiling, or transferring biological weapons, and bans their use in conventional warfare....Read more