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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (english)
by Thomas D. Segel
03 Mar 2003
Harlingen, Texas 78550
Are You Ready for a Terrorist Attack? Probably Not!
Harlingen, Texas, March 1, 2003: Those who rushed out to buy plastic
sheeting, duct tape and some bottled water may think they are now
prepared for the next terrorist event on America. In truth, they are
far from being ready to face the aftermath of Weapons of Mass
Destruction (WMD) attacks.
Two retired Marine officers feel so strongly about the lack of
preparedness on the part of all citizens they have written a 23-page
paper on the subject. Major Frank C. Stolz of Round Rock, Texas and CWO
4 James E. Mulloy of Oceanside, California devoted months of study and
research to the subject of civilian preparedness.
What they discovered was no preparedness documents existed which were
available to the general population. There was nothing in print that
contained a single source of information all civilians should have to
prepare for the possibility of a chemical, biological or nuclear attack.
According to Stolz, "Government officials have avoided training and
preparing the citizenry in basic self protection. Citizens can only
hope for assistance AFTER an event occurs".
Though Mulloy, who was the chief researcher on the project, extensively
reviewed every document he could obtain, the wounded Vietnam war hero
and Navy Cross recipient could find no government recommended home
remedies or optional medications proposed in any Defense Preparedness
Plans. This included plans prepared by city, county, state and federal
authorities. The duo could not even locate a plan, which would be
distributed to the public instructing them on what to do
It became obvious that the government had done nothing to prepare
civilian populations for a WMD attack. Frank Stolz started asking what
the justification was for not informing and providing information to the
"During our research", he said, "we questioned numerous experts and many
others as to why American citizens do not have sufficient medications,
protective gear, or information in case of a WMD incident. The replies
have been of questionable logic and are often meant to keep the public
completely dependent on these government agencies rather than ensuring
the protection of the general public."
Stolz charged that when he asked why civilians could not purchase a
complete WMD kit and protective clothing, he was told." It would be too
costly for everyone. The poor would be left out and it could cause
panic if implemented."
While it may be true our government cannot afford the free distribution
of 280 million sets of protective clothing and WMD kits to its citizens,
withholding these same items from the general population seems callous
Iraq recently bought large quantities of the nerve agent antidote
Atropine, which could be dispensed to its people. This medication
cannot even be purchased in the United States without a doctor's
It seems only logical that Americans should be allowed to make similar
purchases for their own families. It is an even more rational idea that
they be allowed to buy protective clothing and other WMD survival
As James Mulloy says, "If many have protection, it would cause less
work, time, and effort for the emergency personnel caring for the
Both Marines feel there is truth in the assumption that many people
would not use the money they are now spending on smoking, drugs, alcohol
or gambling to purchase safety and protective equipment. These are
choices they make of their own free will. It can be further argued that
all of those Americans wishing for the safety of their families should
still be able to spend their own income on these items, even if others
decide to make different choices.
The WMD Remedies and Protection Guide authors asked why we don't teach
our children what to do in the event of an attack, as we did in the
1950s during the height of the Cold War and fears of atomic explosions.
They were told, "It would panic the communities and there isn't
equipment and kits for children."
This poses an even more important question.Who are we trying to
protect? If we don't make protective equipment and WMD kits for
infants, children, disabled, pregnant women and elderly people..who do
we have them for..And Why?
Also, if it is too costly to have all of these things made in America,
why don't we contract for their manufacture in other countries where the
labor is pennies on our dollar? No quality control officials say!
Well, send our own inspectors over to supervise the work.
These questions, plus many more.and the suggested answers are all in the
work done by Stolz and Mulloy. But, they have gone even further. They
have explained radiological exposure and the action people should take
to minimize their exposure risk. They explain how to apply treatment in
the event exposure is experienced. They address chemical exposure and
follow-up treatment. Biological exposure and treatment have a major
chapter in this important guide.
A number of home remedies are listed and explained. These are very
important to learn about; in the event a prescribed remedy is not
A worthwhile section of this work is the WMD Home Preparedness List
Suggestions. Also worth the reader's time is a list of recommended
websites, plus reading and research listings.
When it appeared the government was not interested in the work or the
massive effort it took to create this important document, Stolz and
Mulloy added a disclaimer to the cover and offered it to their own
extended family members. As Stolz says, "This is now simply an
Information Sheet for our family members who might be frightened,
impaired, panic stricken, or simply unsure of what to do in the event
they are in a location where a WMD device has been activated."
The Marines have not offered their preparedness guide to the general
public, because it is not an official document. They also did not want
to be accused of diagnosing or treating any illnesses.
However, this writer was able to find the guide on their website. at
http://www.mpcview.com and download the entire document.
When their civilian preparedness guide was completed, the authors sent
copies to the Centers for Disease Control, FEMA, Assistant Secretary of
Defense for Biological and Chemical Defense, Home Security and the
Department of Energy. Many months have passed. They are still awaiting
a single word of response or a written reply from any of the government