The majority of important people have both a public and private life to
contend with and as such can become a target for terrorists or extremists.
This could include kidnap for ransom, political means or assassinated
as an example to others not to follow the victims career path.
The VIP lifestyle makes them constantly vulnerable to various methods
of attack, from the use of explosives, through to more novel forms of
attack using CBRN methods. Receiving contaminated letters through the
post represents only a small part of the options available to a terrorist
or extremist organisation and the use of CBRN substances and materials
expands their ability to potentially kill or seriously injure many more
of their target audience than could be achieved by the use of conventional
All human life, and the preservation of it, is important. CBRN toxic releases
whether by accident or a terrorist act can be indiscriminate in who and
what they affect, once released into the open air. It is a duty of care
responsibility for all organisations to provide protective measures for
their staff and visitors against toxic releases in the same way they do
for fire and bomb threats.