“Could Paris Happen Here?”

From an opinion piece in the NY Times on Nov. 15: Could Paris Happen Here?
The short answer is not likely.

Updates: comments from readers are not so optimistic!

Nov. 17th, from the Washington Post: Is the United States safe from a Paris-style Islamic State attack?

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5 Responses to “Could Paris Happen Here?”

  1. Of course it could happen here! Why wouldn’t it? There is no immunity here to terrorism. It has happened here before and it will happen again and again. The unfortunate reality is that when you have a determined enemy, they will eventually break through our barriers of intelligence, counter terrorism, and Homeland security. It frustrates and angers me that people in our country are so damn comfortable to watch these things unfold on CNN with no realistic thought about it happening here in the US.

  2. This article is wishful thinking in my opinion. We have many radical Islamic people in this country now! In less than two years, ISIS has gone from a terror start-up overseas to what FBI Director James Comey calls a “chaotic spider web” in America with young radicalized Muslim men in all 50 states.
    In fact, ISIS camps have been found south of the border and some have been reported inside our borders. Quoting Judicial Watch, “The exact location where the Islamic terrorist group has established its base is around eight miles from the U.S. border in an area known as “Anapra” situated just west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Another ISIS cell to the west of Ciudad Juárez, in Puerto Palomas, targets the New Mexico towns of Columbus and Deming for easy access to the United States. Mexican Army and federal law enforcement found the location that also contained several documents in Arabic and Urdu, as well as “plans” of Fort Bliss, the sprawling military installation that houses the US Army’s 1st Armored Division. Muslim prayer rugs were also recovered with the documents during the operation.”
    http://www.examiner.com/article/judicial-watch-reports-isis-camp-found-south-of-u-s-border
    Our borders are a joke – ask any of the Governors of Border States. I am truly appalled when some bureaucrat in Washington states that our borders are safe. Check it out online if you have doubts. The Border Patrol checkpoints don’t start where the two countries meet at the literal border. In fact, the Border Patrol can set up checkpoints within 100 miles of the border, where they stop drivers at random in search of undocumented immigrants. The closest one to Mexican is 40 miles from the border. What kind of security is that? How difficult would it be to avoid the checkpoints?
    Furthermore, Reuters reported today on a video from the Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS) warning that any country striking ISIS positions in Iraq and Syria will suffer the same fate as France. An ISIS member says on camera, “We say to the states that take part in the crusader campaign that, by God, you will have a day God-willing like France’s, and by God, as we struck France in the center of its abode in Paris, then we swear that we will strike America at its center in Washington.” I for one believe they can and will do it.

  3. It is every bit as likely here as anywhere. How short our memories of 9/11.
    What isn’t likely is Ted Koppel’s “fictional” imaginative book on how the multiple power grids work in this country. Scare tactics sell books.

  4. Less likely, sure. However, if we accept a large number of Syrian refugees, I see the risk jumping significantly based on the four factors in the NYT article. Esp. it will be much easier to slip someone in, and how are we going to vet them. It’s not like the US can simply ask for information gleaned by the Syrian government. Who are we going to call?

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