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Letter from Joshua Lederberg to John H. Gibbons, United States Congress, Office of Technology Assessment

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To: Fron: RE: Last June, OTA met 1nformaTly with the Senate Committee on Governmental Affatrs to discuss recent acts of terrorism against U.S. representatives, September 12, 1989 Proposed Assesk&t of the Use of Technology in Countering Terrorism citizens, and proparty. In theecourse of the discussion, the question was raised as to the currant status of research end development into technologies that might be useful in preventing or defending against terrorist attacks. Subsequently, on June 22, Senators Glenn and Roth, the Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of the Committee, sent OTA a lotter of request, asking for a .’ study that would *identify and assess those technologies that could provide the Nation with tools in the fight against terrorism.* The letter expressed particular iqterest in the status of work in explosivee detectors, incapacitating agents, access and perimeter control, and data exchange on terrorbt activities. An unclassified report with a substantial classified annex w&s raquested. Also in June, discussions were held between OTA and the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Narcotics, and International Operations of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Interest was expressed, on the part of the Subcommittee in the possibility of using America's technological capabilities to advantage in helping &fend its citizens and interests against acts of terror. On July 6, _ a letter was received from Senator Kerry and Senator McConnell, the Chairman and Ranking Minority [email protected], respectively, of the Subcommittee on Terroris?, Narcotics, and International Operations, also requesting a study that would provide a comprehensive review of anti-terrorist technologies. In July, OTA discussed the question of airport security with the Subcommittee on Aviation of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Following this, on August 3, an overlapping request was sent OTA by the Chairmen and Ranking Minority Members of the Senat

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