Armies would sabotage an approaching enemy’s water supplies with poisons or dead animals, essentially disabling or killing anyone who would take a drink from the source.
Democratic societies are becoming increasingly complex machines with many intricate moving parts.
These same machines can be brought to a standstill if someone throws a monkey wrench into its exposed structure.
The were apprehended before being able to dump typhoid bacterial cultures into large US cities water supplies.
However, if a terrorist organization accessed a water distribution center, either forcibly or from the ‘inside’, they could pump deadly contaminants throughout a city. In October of 2002, John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo killed ten people and injured three others using a Bushmaster semiautomatic .223 sniper rifle, during a three week shooting spree.
This list by no means is an attempt to support acts of terror, or to give a knock against democracy.
Its purpose is to explore the most pressing terrorists threats democracies face, and perhaps engage in a discussion on where the line stands between freedom and security.
In September 1999, four Russian apartment buildings were hit during a series of bomb attacks. These bombs however were planted in the apartment basement the night before.
Water terrorism has had a long history, dating back to ancient times.
On a particular night, when all the other residences in the complex are sleeping, the terrorist would remotely detonate the explosives from afar, and bring the building down.