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Heart-pounding fearmongering on The Big Story

Reported by Chrish - April 24, 2007 -

In a segment blatantly titled "The Big Scare" today 4/24/07 on the Big Story, Douglas Kennedy had to raise his voice to be heard over the sirens wailing in the background video as he warned viewers that chlorine was the next big threat from terrorists. Images of kids splashing in impossibly blue pools added to the sense of personal danger.

Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) has called for the Department of Homeland Security to be extra-vigilant in guarding producers and storers of chlorine gas, as several thefts have reportedly been attempted in California. Markey wants the DHS to have the authority to require chemical facilities across the nation to put in place real security that would block thefts. He wants all chlorine plants to undergo mandatory risk assessments, allowing DHS to shut down any that don't comply.

Five chlorine gas bombs have been used recently in Iraq, called "mass destruction weapons of choice" by the always dramatic Kennedy.

The report was short but in that time instilled a sense of urgency and fear, with sirens mixing with children in lovely pools.