Friday, March 10, 2006

The NCAA Tourney Terror Threat

The FBI has issued a warning of a possible terrorist attack to sports arenas hosting events this month:
WASHINGTON - The FBI said Friday there is no specific, credible threat of a terror attack aimed at college basketball arenas or other sports stadiums, but acknowledged alerting law enforcement to a recent Internet posting discussing such attacks.

The FBI and Homeland Security Department distributed an intelligence bulletin Friday to state and local law enforcement nationwide describing the online threat against sporting venues, said Special Agent Richard Kolko, an FBI spokesman in Washington.

"We have absolutely no credible intelligence or threats pertaining to this issue," Kolko said.

As Kolko later put it, the FBI's statement was issued out of an "abundance of caution." There is nothing to be terribly worried about here, but the message is worth passing along at least in the amount it will cause people to be more alert.

CNN has more:
According to law enforcement sources, the Web posting advises would-be bombers to hide explosives under winter clothing, and suggests that one suicide bomber detonate a bomb inside a stadium while others detonate bombs where fans are running.

The information also suggests using "blonde or black American suicide bombers," the sources said.

Agents recommended that stadium operators review security procedures and that local law enforcement keep an eye out for suspicious activities.