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William Cohen

Data de nascimento: 28. Agosto 1940

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William Sebastian Cohen é um advogado, escritor e político norte-americano do estado do Maine. Membro do Partido Republicano, ele serviu na Câmara dos Representantes de 1973 a 1979, como senador entre 1979 e 1993, e como 20º Secretário de Defesa dos Estados Unidos de 1993 até 2001 durante a presidência de Bill Clinton.

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„So there are plenty of ingenious minds out there that are at work finding ways in which they can wreak terror upon other nations. It's real, and that's the reason why we have to intensify our efforts, and that's why this is so important.“

— William S. Cohen
Context: The mere fear that there is a mole within an agency can set off a chain reaction and a hunt for that particular mole which can paralyze the agency for weeks and months and years even, in a search. The same thing is true about just the false scare of a threat of using some kind of a chemical weapon or a biological one. There are some reports, for example, that some countries have been trying to construct something like an Ebola Virus, and that would be a very dangerous phenomenon, to say the least. Alvin Toffler has written about this in terms of some scientists in their laboratories trying to devise certain types of pathogens that would be ethnic specific so that they could just eliminate certain ethnic groups and races; and others are designing some sort of engineering, some sort of insects that can destroy specific crops. Others are engaging even in an eco- type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves. So there are plenty of ingenious minds out there that are at work finding ways in which they can wreak terror upon other nations. It's real, and that's the reason why we have to intensify our efforts, and that's why this is so important. [http://www.fas.org/news/usa/1997/04/bmd970429d.htm DoD News Briefing, Monday, April 28, 1997 - 8:45 a.m. EDT]