Lax Control of Deadly Chemicals in Campus Labs

by Candace de Russy

From the Boston Herald:

A Northeastern University lab tech’s suspected suicide by crystallized cyanide, evidently obtained from the NU facility, is raising public safety fears over easy access to deadly chemicals days after the ninth anniversary of 9/11. Neil Livingstone, a terrorism expert, said her apparent method of suicide shines a light on the problem of lax security at universities across the country. “This should be a wake-up call,” said Livingstone. “What if her name were Mohammed Atta (a leader of the 9/11 plot) instead? “If she’d been a bad guy and gotten hold of a significant amount of cyanide . . . who knows?” Livingstone said. “Cyanide is a good weapon of assassination or for killing a small number of people.”

(Hat tip: Investigative Project on Terrorism)