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  • A Problem We Can’t Ignore: Threat of Armed Terrorist Assault

    An April 4 bombing attack on a Somali movie theater by a female member of the terrorist organization al-Shabaab has demonstrated such groups’ interest in targeting public venues in armed assaults. Equally disquieting, a leaked Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memo suggests there is a chance that similar attacks could take place in the United States. This memo has understandably caused alarm for many who fear a Mumbai-style attack within our borders.

    While the 2008 Mumbai attacks, with a tragic death toll of 174 people, represented one of the most high-profile examples of an armed assault, the U.S. itself has not been immune to this same type of threat. In 2009, for instance, Nadal Hassan killed 13 people in a shooting spree at Ft. Hood, and Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad opened fire at a Little Rock military recruiting office, leaving one soldier dead and another wounded. Likewise, of the at least 51 Islamist-inspired terrorist attacks against the United States thwarted since 9/11, more than a dozen have involved planned assault-style tactics.

    While public concern has often centered on the threat of large-scale attacks like those that occurred on 9/11, smaller-scale attacks by individuals like Hassan and Muhammad also present a significant threat that cannot be ignored.

    Maura Cremin is currently a member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation. For more information on interning at Heritage, please visit: http://www.heritage.org/about/departments/ylp.cfm

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    2 Responses to A Problem We Can’t Ignore: Threat of Armed Terrorist Assault

    1. be afraid says:

      terrorist are everywhere!

      just look at government.

    2. StandsWithTruth says:

      We need civilian minute-men watching movements within this country. Especially at night. Something like the Tea Party. We are being set up. This is why our borders are not closed and we have Chinese working on our most sensitive bridges, creating cities within this country. Arm yourselves, stay peaceful until necessary. Believe me, it sickens me to think this from the U.S.of A.

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