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Dozens of Americans Have Tested Postive for Exposure to Anthrax. Having a nervous Breakdown Yet?

Who do you think is sending the anthrax?I'm sure it's homegrown. It's some nut who got hold of some anthrax years ago and has held onto it. Anthrax can keep for years. There's no organization to these cases. If Osama bin Laden could hit the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, he would have staged a much larger attack than this. One of the untouched ironies is that several months ago, I saw the World Trade Center event in an episode of The Lone Gunman. In it, the military staged the attack to get money from Congress to fight terrorism.


imageKATIE WALDER
Age24
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Actress

Are you nervous about the recent anthrax cases?Very. I'm worried every time I go on the subway. I look around as I'm getting into the train car. I worry about how quickly something could be spread down there. Right now, I feel as though I could wear a gas mask and people wouldn't look at me like I was crazy. They'd understand.

Are you doing anything to protect yourself?No, not yet. I think everyone is becoming a hypochondriac. People are coming down with colds and panicking. Last night I thought I had a fever and I was nervous. It's hard not to panic. My family is happy that I live in Brooklyn and not Manhattan, but I come in to work here everyday. I'm more nervous than they are.

Who do you think is sending the anthrax?I definitely think it's linked to Osama bin Laden. There are people working for him in the city and all over the country. The idea of the anthrax spreading is terrifying. It's like a horror movie. You can't see it but it's popping up all over. I never thought I'd see something like this in my lifetime. Everything is different now.


imageLAMAR FORD
Age19
Resides Staten Island
Occupation Student

Are you nervous about the recent anthrax cases?I'm not worried about anthrax because nobody's mailing me anything. I still open my mail. The stuff is being sent to newspapers and members of Congress to freak people out. It's the fastest way to make people panic.

Are you doing anything to protect yourself?No. They might put anthrax in the medicine that's supposed to fight anthrax. I am careful about what I eat and drink now.

Who do you think is sending the anthrax?It's an American who's doing it. We think it's the terrorists because we're in the middle of a war, but I think it's some crazy person. Somebody who hates the government, and who has wanted to do this for years and is taking advantage of the situation. The government will figure out who's sending it as soon as they stop limiting their search to the terrorists.


imageADRIAN WILSON
Age32
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Model/actor

Are you nervous about the recent anthrax cases?No, not really. You can't control your destiny. If something happens, it happens. You just have to stomach it. Before I came back from Germany recently, I wondered briefly whether I should stay there.

Are you doing anything to protect yourself?No.

Who do you think is sending the anthrax?I don't know. I do think it's linked to Al Qaeda. Saying that, it's also possible that it's an American crackpot driving around in his Chevy pickup with a bunch of anthrax. It's really the psychological aspect of the attacks that's getting to people.

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