Originally Posted by valanhb
That is scary!
Maybe I'm naive and don't give the terrorists enough credit, but it seems to me that the way the news is reported anymore could be giving them ideas of more ways to attack. Every time something happens, "it could be the terrorists, and they could use this (whatever the story is about) to attack like this..." Doesn't that mean they are winning? That they have us in such fear that any time anything happens the news is blown out of proportion because of what *could be*?
Law enforcement has had standing warnings on these types of thefts since 9-11. I think propane tanks were used to blow up the US military housing in Lebanon years ago. Earlier this year, 2 ambulances were taken at night from a hospital parking lot in NYC, in what ultimately turned out to be very poor judgement by an ambulance repair company hoping to push for faster payment of its bills. (They were a repair company which had keys to the vehicles, but not the company which sold them the ambulances, so this was not a ''repo" type thing.) 5 seconds after the ambulances were discovered missing, the hospital called the police and the police called the feds, because vehicles like an ambulance idling on a corner in a big city are common sights that no one would think was odd, and could conceal a suicide bomber. I don't think this got much if any publicity here, especially since they figured out pretty quickly what had happened, but the repair guys were all arrested and had the book thrown at them.
I always figured that the terrorists got their 9-11 ideas from reading Tom Clancy novels. In one of the ones he wrote in the 1990's, a deranged airline pilot flies a commercial jet plane into the US Capitol building during a state of the union address, killing most people attending the event.