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$200,000 raised for land mine victims

Marler Clark was proud to sponsor the recent Clear Path International Evening of Hope, which was held at the College Club in Seattle.  The event benefits landmine accident survivors – mostly from Vietnam. 

Imbert Matthee commented on the Evening of Hope on the Clear Path International blog:

Our third annual Seattle fundraiser, generously underwritten by the law firm Marler Clark, brought in more than $50,000 for our direct assistance work. That amount is a 43 percent increase over last year’s $35,000.

For central Vietnam, the $50,000 will be doubled through a matching grant from the U.S. State Department and then doubled again by the International Trust Fund for Demining & Victims Assistance.

In short, the evening raised a total of $200,000!

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    Several years back I remember an article relating a person who had gotten arrested in a grocery store for sprinkling dried feces on the pastries and veggies.
    I also remember when the anthrax happened in Florida, one of the stated goals of some of the terrorists were to contaminate as much of our food supply as possible.
    I know it sounds far fetched, but it is not impossible. There does seem to be an abnormal amount of incidences involving food contamination with e coli, etc. Category B biological agents include Salmonella, Shigella, and E. coli.
    Acts of deliberate food contamination have already occurred in the U.S (a religious cult contaminated salad bars, laboratory worker deliberately infected food to be consumed by co-workers….etc.)
    Further, if an unintentional contamination of one food can affect so many individuals, a concerted, deliberate attack on food could be devastating.
    It would be reasonable to assume that a terrorist using the food supply as a vehicle for attack would use an agent that would not be looked at as an agent of terrorism immediately. Many of these agents are the same pathogens that have been linked to significant outbreaks of foodborne illness due to unintentional contamination.
    Limited dispersal by simple means can cause considerable disruption and public anxiety and might be easy to overlook as intentional.
    Given the ease in which illegals obtain jobs in food processing in the US (logically, anyone else including a person who might be a “food” terrorist, would find the same ease in obtaining a position), it is not improbable that intentional contamination could be the cause of the “up-tick”.