Jihadi Calls For ‘Suspicious Bags’ To Be Left Throughout DC and NYC
On 7 June 2010, in Uncategorized, by adminABC News, 7 June 2010: A recent internal FBI report warns federal, state and local authorities to be alert for a potential new tool in the jihadi terror arsenal – the placing of suspicious, but harmless, bags in public places to inspire fear, disrupt public transportation and tie up police and bomb squads.
The so called “battle of suspicious bags” was encouraged by an unknown poster to a known jihadi website. On May 12th, the poster suggested an “invasions suspicious bags (sic)” in “the heart of Washington and New York,” as the FBI’s Washington Field Office Intelligence Division noted in its May 27th “Situational Information Report.” The bags would contain not bombs, but innocuous items, a tactic that has been used by other political extremists in the U.S. in the recent past.
“The stated goal of the campaign,” said the report, “was to exploit desensitization of first responders caused by response fatigue to suspicious, but harmless items.” . . . .
This is something that I had alluded to as a factor in our national response post 9/11 in the Bush years. It was very easy to freak the country out and keep the fear working for the administration by releasing the wonderful “terror alert” system with that gerbil Tom Ridge at the helm.
Yes, the alert system was obtuse as it was, but it seemed as though the use of it in tandem with nebulous threat warnings about “terror plots” kept this country in a tense state for years. Only recently have we relaxed a bit even after the shoe bomber and then BVD bomber. It wasn’t until Faisal Shahzad that this idea of actually leaving false bombs to scare the masses and have the authorities spin their wheels seemed inevitable.
As I sat watching the police clear Times Square for the second time in as many days for a cooler that had been left in the open, I thought that perhaps this was either a diversion, or, a test run.
It seems I was not the only one to think of this…
Moving forward I can also see that this may in fact also work to the advantage of the terrorists with the boy who cried wolf syndrome. Leave enough packages that are not bombs, eventually the masses will be inured to it all and just leave a real bomb in play.