Lack of Imagination
December 1994 -Air France Flight 8969...During the intense standoff, authorities learned that the aircraft was laden with more than twenty sticks of dynamite and the GIA planned to fly the plane into the Eiffel Tower in Paris, blowing it up.Just a thought ... would it be too much to ask that our terrorism experts think outside the box? If I'm in the CIA or FBI or another agency and am in any way involved in assessing/preventing terrorist threat(s) I might spend some time trying to conceive of every possible way in which a terrorist act could be affected. Run risk and probability assessments, etc. Why is it that the terrorists apparently have more imagination? Can't be ETA or al Queda if it's not consistent with their M.O. Planes had been used as weapons; trains have been targets. Geesh, they can't even imagine modes that have already been used. Hey, but we're at 'Burt' level - feelin' safer yet?
September 2001-Planes as Weapons? inconceivable...This was followed by Condoleeza Rice, who repeated the spin: 'I don't think that anyone could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center.'
March 22, 2004 -Train security in this country is being increased. On Monday, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announced plans aimed to prevent the kind of attack that occurred in Spain.