Credible Terrorist Threats Seen For Super Bowl?

Published on January 14, 2009 by     Seahawk Fanatic

WASHINGTON  U.S. intelligence officials have found no credible threat of terrorist attacks at the Super Bowl scheduled Feb. 1 in Tampa, Fla., but they are nevertheless raising security concerns.

A joint FBI and Homeland Security intelligence assessment obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday cautions that Raymond James Stadium, the Super Bowl site, does not have the typical security features of permanently secure buildings and arenas.

The report, dated Tuesday, says possible attackers could be deterred by the posting of hundreds of visible security officials, barriers and other measures.

Officials are also concerned that terrorists or criminals could impersonate government or military officials because some Florida law enforcement badges and uniforms were stolen in 2008. The report says there is no credible information about impersonation plots.

The Super Bowl is one of the biggest television events of the year, and more than 100 million people in 232 countries are expected to watch, the assessment said.

Because of the high profile nature of the event, intelligence officials say they cannot discount the potential for a terrorist attack.

Terrorists are expected to continue to see stadiums and arenas as potential targets, according to a March 2008 intelligence assessment.

Al-Qaida could meet its objectives of mass casualties, economic damage, and psychological impact with an attack against a stadium or arena during an event in the United States, the 2008 assessment said.

In November, a suicide bomber blew himself up near a stadium in Peshawar, Pakistan, which killed four people and injured 11, according to U.S. intelligence officials. This happened during the closing ceremony of the Inter-Provencial Games.

The Federal Aviation Administration plans to issue a temporary flight restriction in the area around the stadium on Feb 1. The threat assessment says the regional bus system will not provide public transit to the stadium on game day.
In addition, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is training local Florida bomb-sniffing dogs in preparation for the event.

The Super Bowl threat assessment is based on information from the FBI, Homeland Security Department, National Counterterrorism Center, United States Northern Command, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the Florida state intelligence fusion center.

Tags: , , , ,

Fair Use Notice This website may at times present copyrighted material, the use of which might not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available in an effort to advance understandings of democratic, economic, environmental, human rights, political, scientific, and social justice issues, among others. The author believes that this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the U. S. Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the articles published on this website are distributed without profit for research and informational purposes. In most instances a link is placed to originator of Article and it is never expressly mentioned as written by, we use published by certain entities who write or publish for this said Blog..

Tell Us What's On Your Mind (0)




WP-SpamFree by Pole Position Marketing

REMEMBERING A LEGEND!

LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS

150128cblongform660

Darrelle Revis’ Island? Or Richard Sherman’s Amusement Park?

If Darrelle Revis is an Island, what does that make Richard Sherman? “I don’t want to be an island. ...

12 things 12s need to know about the Seahawks’ Super Bowl send-off

12 tips to support the Seahawks on their send off to Super Bowl XLIX. The Seahawks are heading to ...
1111

‘U mad bro?’ game looms as Patriots, Seahawks prep for rematch

It was, in hindsight, the moment the Seattle Seahawks arrived as legitimate title contenders. And they announced themselves ...
Rc5cX.AuSt.5

You mad, bro? Not with all these story lines for Seahawks-Patriots Super Bowl

Good thing there’s still two weeks until the Super Bowl. This Seahawks-Patriots pairing needs that long to fit in ...
150120-lynch-660

Recapping Marshawn Lynch’s record day vs Green Bay Packers

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch ran for a franchise postseason record 157 yards in Sunday's NFC Championship against ...
LNK1J.AuSt.5

“We just kept believing”: Wilson to Kearse in overtime sends Seahawks back to Super Bowl

The team that champions “finish” as not just a mantra — more like a livelihood — pulled off ...
150118-primesport-release

Game at a glance: Seahawks 28, Packers 22 in OT

By scoring 21 points in the final 5½ minutes on Sunday, the Seahawks dug themselves out of 16-0 ...
yH8sA.AuSt.5

“Scary”: Kam Chancellor’s 2 weeks off in November changed him, Seahawks

Is there a more frightening sight in the NFL than the dark, piercing eyes of Kam Chancellor — ...

Shop for 2014 Seahawks Gameday Gear at NFLShop.com

Shop for 2014 Seahawks Gameday Gear at NFLShop.com

lat-noise-wre0011368363-20130915

WELCOME TO THE SEAHAWKS 12TH MAN ARMY.

WE TAKE PRIDE IN GIVING SEAHAWKS FANS AROUND THE CLOCK UPDATES,  ALL SEAHAWKS ALL THE TIME. SO IF YOU WANT THE LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS DELIVERED FOR FREE RIGHT TO YOUR EMAIL BOX ONCE A WEEK, SIGN UP AND ENJOY!

WE HAVE BEEN PROUDLY SERVING DIEHARD SEAHAWKS FANS SINCE 2004.

Enter your Email

Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz