originally posted by: CranialSponge
a reply to: tonyb1968
You forgot to mention the fear factor that would ensue instantly throughout the country should such an attack happen, nevermind the logistical
All hell would break loose, everybody's panic buttons would kick in. Citizens would be instructed to not leave their homes, martial law could be
imposed until such a time that it can be determined that the terrorist attack is no longer a threat, army tanks rolling through the streets, curfews
set into place, etc.
Stores, schools, airports, everything, would be shut down... for a day, two days, 10 days, who knows.
Imagine 4000 vans strategically placed throughout the country (important bridge connections, interstate hwys, city exit ramps, etc). They're blowing
up simultaneously all over the country, anywhere and everywhere, during midday traffic, all at the same time on a Friday afternoon... and nobody knows
who or what is behind it and whether or not there might be something worse to follow.
Terror is the name of the game. That's probably the more likely approach - do something that is going to cause panic.
Though why have every van go at the same time? The threat has come and gone in one moment. You want a threat that is always hanging over people,
making them feel that no place is safe, no time is safe, no person is safe.
Pair a van and a car together. Van is the primary. Car is parked based on an assessment of most likely staging areas for first responders. Car goes up
20 minutes after the Van. First wave, multiple locations over multiple cities.
Randomly park vehicles in different locations where they won't stand out, not necessarily obvious targets but with local footfall. Have them go off
at different times over the space of a few days or a week. Keep people wondering when and where. You're not safe just because you're away from the
major landmarks. Have a few scattered across smaller population centers as well.
Have a few suicide bombers waiting until they're in the middle of rush-hour traffic. Perhaps have a few ready to slip into the traffic during any
initial panicked exodus from the cities.
Every time people think the threat has finally passed, another walmart parking lot gets hit. For some of the places people have to go - hospitals,
shops, etc - hit the same place again a day or two later if people are still using it. Again, no assumptions that anywhere is safe, lightning can
Every car becomes a suspect, every vehicle has to be checked. Checkpoints are bottlenecks, another good location for a suicide bomber. You don't even
need to get that close to the actual checkpoint, you just need to make people feel that sitting in the queue is enough to make them a target.
If you've got the money and resources for 4000 vans and explosives, and a group of people willing to die for their "cause", you can cause far more
problems than just taking out a few bridges.
Realistically, however, I think that there is very little chance of a seriously planned and coordinated wide scale attack. One or two bombs, possibly,
a few Mumbai-type gunmen, etc. You're sending the same message with less opportunity for it to be prevented, less coordination and resources needed.