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DALLAS - Police arrested a man Thursday after he allegedly placed an inactive car bomb near Fountain Place at 1445 Ross Avenue in downtown Dallas.
Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, a 19-year-old Jordanian citizen who has been living and working in Italy, Texas illegally, was charged with "attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction," authorities said.
The value of emphasizing terrorism over crime remains in question. Just 5 percent of the 5,500 leads identified by Counterterrorism 6 have led to more in-depth investigations; few of those resulted in prosecutions and no known terrorist plans have been uncovered.
“Just chasing leads burns through resources,” said intelligence expert Amy Zegart, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. “You’re really going to get bang for the buck when you chase leads based on a deeper assessment of who threatens us, their capabilities and indicators of impending attack. Right now, there’s more chasing than assessing.”
Originally posted by kiwifoot
reply to post by detachedindividual
Yeah, you've got it spot on.
I just hope they don't feel the need to let one of these 'terrorists' succeed in their plans.
This is just what Obama needs to backtrack on all his promises to do with the war on terror etc, while still saving face for being a liar.
But this guy came close, and would have really gone through it it,
I believe there is a threat to the US, but I'm not sure that the threat is from Islamic fundamentalists acting alone.
Originally posted by sickofitall2012
Do you guys really think there is not a threat to the US?
Haven't. There are reminders every day.
We were attacked on 9-11. Why, for the love of GOD has everyone forgot that?
This is in my backyard and it is terrifying. Thank God they were the ones that came across this guy and not real Jihadist.
I'm all for stopping violence against my fellow Americans. So, FBI, keep looking, they are out there. I'm convinced some of them are on ATS.
Originally posted by A Fortiori
Originally posted by sickofitall2012
Drunk driving kills three times as many people per year as the terrorist bombings on 9-11. If you add in the fact that 9-11 was relatively isolated in American history, then the statistics increase.
There have been more shark attacks than terrorist incidents, more gang-related deaths, more deaths by domestic violence, more deaths through accidents, more deaths from medical malpractice, more deaths from bee stings, more death from peanuts, and far, far, more deaths from general highway collisions.
Even if another trade center occurred you would still be more likely to be hit and killed on the Interstate than a victim of terrorism. If there is some dirty bomb or widespread terror it won't be in Dallas, Washington, New York, or LA. Mark my words it will be a throwaway city like Detroit.
No offense to those living in Detroit or Flint.
Yes I think it was about 70+ Americans died from terroist attack in 2008.
And all of the billions spent, they can't even find Osama, if they even want to, and he's not even wanted for 9/11?
I thought the number was only 100,000, but I just read heart attack deaths 900,000 annual in US.
Hey not Motor City I live there, why not L.A., Sin city Vegas.
Originally posted by googolplex
If this small pipe bomb or what ever kind of small explosive it was, is weapon of mass destruction, what the heck do they call a big bomb, like nuclear type?