Chapter 14: Collective moral responsibility and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear terrorism: the case of phosphine
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The toxic gas phosphine has not been considered a pressing security threat by most security agencies in Western democracies, including Germany. This chapter will demonstrate the psychological and political impact of a terrorist attack with phosphine, and extensive damage to society and institutions it could cause. Furthermore, it will be argued that security agencies, as well as manufacturers and vendors of phosphine products, share a joint moral responsibility to deny terrorists access to this substance. After illustrating that the current countermeasures in this regard are inadequate, this chapter presents a prevention framework that enables all relevant actors to cooperate and, thereby, to fulfil their moral responsibilities.

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