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1918 Influenza Pandemic: Lessons for Homeland Security

BY PATRICK S. MAHONEYA casual review of literature and training materials on homeland security reveals a curious historical trend: The discipline’s timeline seems to go blank before 1993. That was the year an al Qaeda-related group of conspirators detonated a truck bomb in the subterranean parking garage under the World Trade Center. The bombing, by the planners’ reckoning, was unsuccessful but proved to be a watershed in American security and emergency response circles. Serious mass terrorism had finally landed on American soil. Lessons from that bombing and the Oklahoma City blast two years later provided the foundations of the American homeland security paradigm, in which w...

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