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NY Times As Terrorist Training Manual


The NY Times became the home to the Freakanomics blog yesterday. It’s one of today’s posts, however, the leads one to question the sanity of the Times:

If You Were a Terrorist, How Would You Attack?

An example:

My general view of the world is that simpler is better. My guess is that this thinking applies to terrorism as well. In that spirit, the best terrorist plan I have heard is one that my father thought up after the D.C. snipers created havoc in 2002. The basic idea is to arm 20 terrorists with rifles and cars, and arrange to have them begin shooting randomly at pre-set times all across the country. Big cities, little cities, suburbs, etc. Have them move around a lot. No one will know when and where the next attack will be. The chaos would be unbelievable, especially considering how few resources it would require of the terrorists. It would also be extremely hard to catch these guys. The damage wouldn’t be as extreme as detonating a nuclear bomb in New York City, of course; but it sure would be a lot easier to obtain a handful of guns than a nuclear weapon.

Here’s the best part…the Times is performing a public service:

I’m sure many readers have far better ideas. I would love to hear them. Consider that posting them could be a form of public service: I presume that a lot more folks who oppose and fight terror read this blog than actual terrorists. So by getting these ideas out in the open, it gives terror fighters a chance to consider and plan for these scenarios before they occur.

And here’s the best of the comments:

18.August 8th,
11:58 am

Thanks for the tip! I’ll pass your idea along to the rest in my cell.


— Posted by terrorist


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