LESSONS LEARNED Who would have imagined that in a matter of weeks we would all become experts in the natural history of a livestock disease, the ins and outs of airline security and the ironies of our

In the days following Sept. 11, when most Americans believed the next attack would be chemical or biological, Michael Wermuth disagreed. Wermuth is a Rand analyst and head of a congressional advisory panel on terrorism, and like many experts at the time he thought the U.S. had more to fear from another conventional attack. The one thing he was certain we didn't have to worry about was the U.S. Postal Service. "The idea," he told TIME, "that someone sends a letter through the mail that you open up, and it says, 'Ha-ha, you've just been exposed to anthrax and are going...

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