Boston Marathon bombing marks change in way terrorists operate
by Don McKee
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April 17, 2013 12:27 AM | 1161 views | 2 2 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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There’s no doubt that the bombing of the Boston Marathon was an act of terror regardless of whether it was carried out by foreign or domestic terrorists or “a malevolent individual,” as President Obama said.

It’s significant that no one has claimed responsibility. In the past, if al-Qaida or a similar group perpetrated such a crime, very quickly that group or its spokesman boasted about it. That seems to indicate the Boston bombing was done by either a domestic jihadist group or a lone perpetrator with a motive unknown as yet. The fact that the bombs were similar to ones used by terrorists in Afghanistan may indicate they were made by an Islamist jihadist group.

Even more significant, this was the first successful terrorist attack since September 11, 2001. The Boston bombing also was the first targeting of a road race, according to a report by the Heritage Foundation that chronicled 54 terrorist plots thwarted since 9/11/01 as of Jan. 3 this year. That’s quite a record deserving of plaudits to the counter-terrorism work of the FBI and other agencies charged with that mission — and to some alert citizens.

The previous targets have included the Brooklyn Bridge, President George W. Bush, a shopping mall in Columbus, Ohio, the New York Stock Exchange, a New York subway station, a Pakistani diplomat in New York, National Guard facilities and synagogues in the Los Angeles area, a Wyoming natural gas refinery and pipeline from the Gulf Coast to New York and New Jersey, 10 U.S.-bound commercial airliners, a shopping mall outside Chicago, the U.S. Army post at Fort Dix, N.J., fuel tanks and pipelines at JFK International Airport in New York, the U.S. Marine base at Quantico, Va., a Dallas skyscraper, Times Square, the subway system in Washington, D.C., synagogues in the Chicago area, a Christmas-tree lighting in Portland, Ore., military recruiting centers in Maryland and Seattle, Wash., Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington, police stations and post offices in New York City and the U.S. Capitol.

Now for the first time a different kind of target, a much easier target, was chosen. Trying to secure the 26-mile Boston Marathon course seems well nigh impossible. The Boston bombing means that from now events such as Atlanta’s Peachtree Road Race on July 4th will face major new security restrictions. That point was made by Jeff Drobney, assistant city manager for Kennesaw and a marathon runner. He told the MDJ, “this is certainly going to make it more difficult not only on the runners but certainly the spectators as well.”

In the past, the biggest concern about the 6.2-mile Atlanta race has been the July heat. But this year’s runners have to cope with fear of a possible attack as well as new security measures that might diminish enjoyment of this popular event.

That’s the objective of terrorism. But Americans cannot let this latest act of terror keep them from enjoying road races and other outdoor events.

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Laura Armstrong
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April 17, 2013
Don, thank you for the list of prior targets. MDJ readers know that usually about forty percent of the populace ignores attacks/plots such as these, denying there is any threat and blaming Bush for ginning up the concern. Few papers will report that the Obama administration has cut in half the $20 million Homeland Security budget slated for domestic bomb prevention, down to $11 million since Obama took office.

The good news is that Sec. State John Kerry even sounded concerned today, which I never thought I would hear. I suppose when it hits this close to home (instead of a few military bases he doesn't care about) the bad guys have gained his attention. Now if we can get the other liberals on board, admitting there is a threat (no matter where the threat originates from) maybe Americans can agree not to play politics with national security and/or remain politically correct about speaking the truth about it. That's optimistic, I realize....
Kevin Foley
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April 19, 2013
@ Armstrong - yeah, that's right. Obama's Department of Homeland Security has had nothing to do with thwarting the terrorist attacks Don lists.

I just wish Bush had taken seriously the presidential daily briefing he received in August 2001, warning that bin Laden was determined to strike the U.S. But he was on vacation and told the briefer, "OK, you covered your a.."

I'm sure you were as outraged then as you are now.
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