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if i were a terrorist...

what would I be thinking right now?

Boston is in a 'state of readiness' for another possible attack this weekend. The terrorists have got to know this.

Someone pointed out somewhere that the sensible plan for them, if they wanted to do more than the original wave of attacks, would be to do it either right away (i.e., last Wendesday and Thursday) or wait a couple months for the alert to die down. Doing something now, after we've mobilized and hightened security and all that, doesn't make a whole lot of sense from their point of view. They're too smart for that, unless they think they have a plan that no one will suspect - something no one will be able to block against. What might that be? A new computer virus? Suicide bombers walking into buildings instead of flying in? A radioactivity source placed in the water supply?

I wonder if at this point they may just want to continue terror rather than large-scale destruction - that would be pretty easy. A few more suicide bombers driving up crowded city streets with a car full of gasoline, lighting a match. If you don't care about preserving your life....

Bleh. This is depressing to think about. In any case, I'm going to stay far away from downtown this weekend. Say, in Shrewsbury. Playing games. And hoping nothing happens.

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leora
Sep. 21st, 2001 09:33 am (UTC)
I know what I'd do! I'd watch all the reactions of the people looking for where people hypothesize what I might do next. Then I'd pick the best ideas from that. *EG*
jnanacandra
Sep. 21st, 2001 10:16 am (UTC)
there are many far better places to look than here for terrorism ideas. everything i mentioned has been thought of and written about at least a dozen times.
leora
Sep. 21st, 2001 10:18 am (UTC)
*nods* I didn't mean your journal in particular. Just that that's what I'd do if I were a terrorist.
wotan
Sep. 21st, 2001 10:09 am (UTC)
Remember...
They do not care if they die or get caught...so what differences does it make if we know in advance?
leora
Sep. 21st, 2001 10:18 am (UTC)
Re: Remember...
Because they do care how effective it is (we presume) and if we know in advance, we can take measures to decrease the severity of it.
wotan
Sep. 21st, 2001 02:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Remember...
To be honest, even if we know in advance there is not a lot we can do. That is the price of living in a free society. Unless we want to start detaining potentially innocent people we leave ourselves at risk.

I don't know if they will try anything this weekend. If I had been them, I would have tried something this morning to shatter any rebuilt morale after the President's speech last night. In all likelyhood they will wait until we build up another false sense of security and then attack.

Not happy thoughts, but we must be prepared.
leora
Sep. 21st, 2001 03:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Remember...
But we could suggest that civilians choose to evacuate. I think many would if they believed that the government had decent reason to expect an attack. No civil liberties violations there.
leora
Sep. 21st, 2001 03:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Remember...
But we could suggest that civilians choose to evacuate. I think many would if they believed that the government had decent reason to expect an attack. No civil liberties violations there.
upsilon
Sep. 21st, 2001 11:29 pm (UTC)
We can't do anything?
In most jurisdictions in this country, conspiracy to do something or other is a crime itself, even if the overt act has not yet been committed. This is my understanding, at least. If they have reason to believe, for instance, that somebody's gonna try an assassination, they most certainly will detain the individual and investigate further.

Now, getting evidence enough to convict is something completely different. But it doesn't take all that much to give probable cause for detainment.

Am I wrong?
jnanacandra
Sep. 21st, 2001 10:37 am (UTC)
Re: Remember...
They have a much lower chance of actually pulling it off if we are watching for something.
upsilon
Sep. 21st, 2001 11:27 pm (UTC)
Au Contraire...
They do care if they get caught. There were three more suspected hijackers who were gonna commandeer a flight out of JFK in New York. They set off some sort of alarm, though, and they were asked to step aside for some questions... and they fled.

If they get caught, they can't perform their perceived holy duty. Dying -- you're right, they don't care about dying. But if they get caught, it has all been for naught to them.
antimony
Sep. 21st, 2001 10:32 am (UTC)
Doing something now, after we've mobilized and hightened security and all that, doesn't make a whole lot of sense from their point of view.

Unless they want to prove to us that our security is hopeless... Okay, so that was a depressing thought too. I wish I could get out of this city -- if I had a car, I'd just go somewhere, anywhere, else. But instead I'll buy some bottled water and food and curl up somewhere around here.
jnanacandra
Sep. 21st, 2001 10:35 am (UTC)
Yeah, meerkat mentioned that last night. If they can pull something off now, that will totally destroy the nation's morale.

Ugh.
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