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    Zarqawi Planning U.S. Hit?
    Intelligence officials say operatives may infiltrate via Central America to strike at soft targets on American soil
    By ADAM ZAGORIN, TIMOTHY J. BURGER AND BRIAN BENNETT

    Sunday, Mar. 13, 2005
    Two weeks after intelligence officials confirmed that Osama bin Laden had sent a message to Jordanian-born terrorist Abu Mousab al-Zarqawi, urging him to plan attacks on U.S. soil, details are emerging from one of al-Zarqawi's lieutenants about what the man behind many of the terrorist attacks in Iraq could have in mind. Intelligence officials tell TIME that interrogation of a member of al-Zarqawi's organization, who was taken into U.S. custody last year and has been described as a top aide, indicates that al-Zarqawi has given ample consideration to assaults on the American homeland. According to a restricted bulletin that circulated among U.S. security agencies last week, the interrogated aide said al-Zarqawi has talked about hitting "soft targets" in the U.S., which could include "movie theaters, restaurants and schools."

    The bulletin also notes the Iraq-based master terrorist's apparent belief that "if an individual has enough money, he can bribe his way into the U.S.," specifically by obtaining a "visa to Honduras" and then traveling across Mexico and the southern U.S. border.

    Al-Zarqawi's aide also revealed that his boss, after pondering the absence of attacks in the U.S. in recent years, concluded that a lack of "willing martyrs" was to blame. Al-Zarqawi believes, according to his lieutenant, that "if an individual is willing to die, there was nothing that could be done to stop him," even in the U.S. There is no evidence, say intelligence agencies, that al-Zarqawi's agents have infiltrated the U.S. But authorities remain vigilant.

    Security sources tell TIME that just last week the FBI sent out two nationwide bulletins warning of a nonspecific threat to railroads in Detroit and Los Angeles. On her visit to Mexico last week, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice issued her own reminder of the border's vulnerability. "There's no secret," Rice told reporters, "that al-Qaeda will try to get into this country ... by any means they possibly can."


    From the Mar. 21, 2005 issue of TIME magazine

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    And the kids and PARENTS all get mad that we stop and question everyone coming on campus!!

    Teachers also don't understand why they have to tell us when they are expecting a visitor....and why we ask them NOT to prop open outside doors
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    Exclamation Soft targets are everywhere

    Destroy the train tracks thru my town, especially the river bridge, and you will shut down two electric generating plants because of a lack of coal.

    Hit the high school auditorim at certain times and you could easily kill 500 plus.

    But then, I have trouble getting the local PD to frequently check the water and sewer plants. I guess if you can't write a ticket it's not important.

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    Default Re: Soft targets are everywhere

    Originally posted by pete892
    Destroy the train tracks thru my town, especially the river bridge, and you will shut down two electric generating plants because of a lack of coal.

    Hit the high school auditorim at certain times and you could easily kill 500 plus.

    But then, I have trouble getting the local PD to frequently check the water and sewer plants. I guess if you can't write a ticket it's not important.

    Pete
    Don't only blame the PD...

    What about physical security measures? Are the water and sewer plants alarmed? Security cameras? Lights? Fenced?

    The schools are only the PD's problem either. I wrote two documents for our county schools; one was a guide to planning for a repsonse to a bomb threat and the other was for security vulnerability assessments. The school administrators couldn't have possibly cared less. Despite the fact that THEY control the access to the property; both during and after the school day, most schools lack even basic physical security measures.

    Blaming the PD for this is like blaming the FD for not being in the parking lot when there is a fire.

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    The school administrators couldn't have possibly cared less
    Same here. For a couple of examples:

    Not long after Columbine, we asked to sit down with our school's admin and go over their evacuation and emergency plans. Got told it was none of our business.

    We get weekend automatic alarms at the school and show up only to be told that no keyholder is en-route. One day we're likely to go home only to come back an hour later when it vents through the roof.

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    Originally posted by EFD840


    Same here. For a couple of examples:

    Not long after Columbine, we asked to sit down with our school's admin and go over their evacuation and emergency plans. Got told it was none of our business.

    We get weekend automatic alarms at the school and show up only to be told that no keyholder is en-route. One day we're likely to go home only to come back an hour later when it vents through the roof.
    All you have to do is break the door down once and they will ALWAYS send a keyholder.

    "But Principal Jones, we were sure that we smelled smoke".

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