The Attack By Aum Shinrikyo On The Transportation System Essays

790 Words Mar 17th, 2015 4 Pages
In 1995, a subway system located in Tokyo Japan was the target of a terrorist attack by a radical religious cult known as the Aum Shinrikyo. Their strategy included converging at the Kasumigaseki station and dispersing poisonous gas (sarin) into the air. This attack was not considered to be politically motivated; rather, it was an attack stimulated by the desire to distress the Japanese government, in an attempt to seize power. The attack was inclusive of five subways systems, and resulted in the death of twelve people and over 5000 requiring hospitalization. This essay will examine the attack by Aum Shinrikyo on the transportation system in Japan. This paper will also relate the threat of this type of attack with the risk management perspectives of John Parachini on chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

Who is John Parachini? John Parachini “is a senior international policy analyst and director of the Intelligence Policy Center at the RAND Corporation.” He has in charge of Rand Projects concerning the “propensity of terrorists to acquire chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons; how the U.S. government can capture terrorists ' digital information; scenario development for counterterrorism planning; and the danger of terrorists and rogue states acquiring nuclear material expertise from the former Soviet Union.” (http://www.rand.org/about/people/p/parachini_john_v.html) John Parachini risk…

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