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  • Failed Times Square Car Bombing, Another Terror Plot Averted?

    Times Square, New York City

    Saturday at 6:30 p.m., authorities were alerted that a Nissan Pathfinder was billowing smoke in the middle of Times Square, New York City. Upon investigation, they found the car was rigged with explosives including “three propane tanks, consumer-grade fireworks, two gasoline containers, [and] wires and two clocks.” No one was hurt, and authorities were able to stop a potentially deadly explosion. New York Governor David Paterson has recently stated that this attempted car bombing was in fact “an act of terrorism.”

    Both the timing (Saturday night) and location (Times Square) suggest the bomb was intended to do a lot of damage—in fact the gas tanks inside the car were intended magnify the explosion. Fortunately, those in Times Square were safe when several citizens alerted authorities that there was smoke coming from the automobile. This type of “see something, say something” is a vital tool of public safety—lives and property were saved as a result of these reports.

    While there is in fact a report from MEMRI of a Taliban leader claiming responsibility for the attack on a website, there is still a significant investigation remaining—it is important to wait and see what law enforcement authorities discover before leading to conclusions on attribution. No city in America is perhaps better able to deal with these types of threats than NYC. And since the bomb did not go off, there will likely be a lot of physical evidence such as fingerprints that will allow for a robust investigation by authorities.

    It remains vital that in terms of next steps, the nation’s leaders move forward with the understanding that it is impossible for America to child proof its way out of danger. There remains no silver bullet for dealing with car bombs, and there is little to be gained from fixating on the danger of the day.

    If reports are correct and this is indeed an act of terrorism, this would make at least 31 unsuccessful plots on U.S. soil since 9/11. Some like today, are the result of sheer luck or the quick-thinking of everyday folks. Continuing to stop acts of terrorism requires vigilance in finding and stopping people from doing this before they launch their attack. Effective intelligence collection, information-sharing and counter-terrorism operations are the best tools we have, making investigative authorities such as those granted under the PATRIOT Act so very important. Congress, however, recently made the mistake of punting reauthorization of the Act down the road (giving it a short term, one year extension). Such a move is unfortunate given that the PATRIOT Act provides just the type of investigative tools the U.S. needs for the foreseeable future.

    The response to this attempted bombing by law enforcement, the press, and American citizens has been reasoned and appropriate. It is vital that Congress and the Administration follow suit.

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    11 Responses to Failed Times Square Car Bombing, Another Terror Plot Averted?

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    2. David Capell Ga. says:

      I resent the negative implications to the word "entitlements" used so often these days when dicussing the problems with the budget deficit and debt.I am retirement age now and have been forced to pay dearly into social security and medicare etc.for 50 years now and am still paying.If the government had not raided the social security fund leaving only IOU`s it would be self sustaining now and for an infinite time into the future.I would have loved to have been able to keep that money and take care of myself but we have no choice.Yes we do deserve our retirement now,after all these years and it`s absolutly immoral for them to keep changing the rules for us when we need it the most.

      DC

    3. Tim AZ says:

      I'm sure Incompetano would say that home land security is working flawlessly under leader ship. Nothing to worry about folks move on.

    4. Jack Texas says:

      Again we are blessed with good luck and alert citizens. Nothing that the goverment did prevented this from happening. We cant dodge the bullet forever, When is the administration going to wake up?

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    6. PETER CHICAGO,IL says:

      TRUTH IS PREZ BUSH DID NOT DO ANYMORE OR ANYLESS THAN PREZ OBAMA TO FIGHT TERRORISM……OUR MILITARY,INTELLIGENCE, AND LAW ENFORCEMENT ARE THE ONES WHO ARE DOING THE REAL WORK.

      THE PREZ DID GIVE OK TO TAKE OUT THE SOMALI PIRATES.

      PREZ BUSH WOULD HAVE MADE SOME OF THE MORE RECENT TERRORISTS WHO HAVE BEEN CAPTURED LABLED "ENEMY COMBATANTS". ALL TERRORISTS SHOULD BE TRIED BY MILITARY TRIBUNAL THO' AND IF FOUND GUILTY EXECUTED ASAP!

    7. PETER /CHICAGO says:

      He should be labeled an enemy combatant and charged with treason, tried by a military tribunal and executed ASAP if found guilty!!!!!

    8. Katie Lou, Kansas says:

      I can't believe the government is making such wonderful claims how fast they caught this guy in the Times Square attempted bombing….(especially with the Pakastan Taliban claiming responsibility less than 24 hours after the incident)…a third grader could have done as much with all the evidence there was! Tim is AZ is right…the government's attitude is "move on, nothing to see here". We can't be lucky forever.

    9. Drew Page, IL says:

      The people in NYC caught a break; the bomb didn't explode.

      We now must listen to commentators in the lame stream media anguish over the fact that the alleged perpetrator was a Pakistani Muslim. It has already been suggested the causitive factor for the attempted bombing was frustration over having his home foreclosed. See what our insensitivity and failure to bailout foreclosed mortgagees has caused.

      I guess they would have preferred the perpetrator to have been a Christian Republican, tied to Tea Party protests. Then it would be ok to condemn the individual and his background.

    10. threetoedpete. Katy, says:

      So, we've had a slaughter at Fort Hood, a near miss in the undies, and now another incompetent near miss. What this suggests to me is that we are more lucky than competent. You would think at some point political correctness would yield to common sense Someone would stand up and say the emperor has no clothes on.

      The forth estate would put aside their political bias and someone would put the term Islamic terrorist or homicide bomber some where in print. But as we have seen with the Robert Kerntz Slaughter on the Arizona border, the corrupt press is far more interested in pushing a political agenda than they are printing the unvarnished truth. We are all expendable to them. All of us. .Next time you're sitting in a stadium watching your favorite game, do not be too embarrassed if you catch yourself looking over you shoulder. It will be more a matter of chance than security that something doesn't go boom. And Muslims, I know most of you are benign. However, from my tree you are still not loud enough. And in your silence it says to me, you are rooting for the islamo terrorist. You are here at our pleasure, and nothing more.

    11. Colleen says:

      Your description of the foiled attempts on US soil as "sheer luck" is saddening. It is crystal clear to those of us who believe in a Sovereign God, read His Word, the Bible and profess faith in Jesus Christ, that only Providence could be behind this protection. Luck had nothing to do with it. We should all fall on faces before God, thank Him for His mercy and as a nation, turn back to Him.

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