Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Stadiums in Latest Security Warnings

CBS News is reporting that federal authorities have issued warnings that "sports stadiums, entertainment complexes, and hotels" are the latest proposed targets of interest to terrorists.
The FBI and Homeland Security Department sent two bulletins Monday to police around the country, saying they know of no specific plots against such sites. The bulletins obtained by The Associated Press say those sites remain attractive targets to groups like al-Qaida.

The memos do not mention the ongoing high-profile investigation of a possible terrorist plot involving a Colorado man and associates in New York City. Instead, they describe the long-standing interest of terrorists to use homemade backpack bombs, car bombs, or even airplanes to attack such crowded public places.

The latest developments come on the heels of counterterrorism warnings to mass-transit systems around the nation for heightenened security and vigilance. The warnings were prompted by the investigation into an alleged terrorism plot in New York City, similar to past attacks on London's and Madrid's transit systems.
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