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What Could Terrorists Do to Vegas?

Al-Qaeda again urges an attack on a symbol of American decadence.

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James Jay Carafano

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August 29, 2014 - 6:48 pm
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Once upon a time, news that the “Rat Pack” was coming to town was welcomed in Las Vegas. Not so much anymore.

In the golden days of the Strip, the Rat Pack were the “cool cats.” All Vegas flocked to the legendary Sands to see Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford put on their unpredictable show.

Today, however, the rats threatening to descend on America’s Sin City are transnational terrorists. And when they talk about “killing” the audience, they mean it literally.

Does this mean the players should drop their chips and head for the door? Should Penn and Teller do a magic act and disappear? Hard to say.

Threats against Las Vegas are not new. Bin Laden, for example, had the city in the sands on his hit list.

Additionally, for years, al-Qaeda has been encouraging “outsourced” terrorist strikes on the U.S. homeland. It set up a base in Yemen specifically for that purpose. It even set up a “Foreign Operations Unit.” As part of that initiative, Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan (both now deceased, courtesy of a missile strike) published an English-language Internet magazine offering guidance and motivation to strike at the “Great Satan.”

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Not in Las Vegas but I once had a Palestinian Arab driver who was really angry about Israel. Whenever I hear accents I'm always curious and ask people where they're from, and then it all came pouring out. Our immigration policy prior to '65 was smart. We've been morons for letting the Third World in here in such numbers. They have goofy feuds without number and medieval ideas on how to live.
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Hitting Vegas would be risky for the terrorists. They might accidentally take out Harry Reid, who is doing a wonderful job of taking down America for them.
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But the terrorists should know that, in addition to mourning, we will do just as we did after 9/11. We will keep going. We will heal. And, there will be payback."

Mostly we just have our emails and phone calls recorded by the N-Stasi-A and get XXX-rayed or molested at airports by the TSA Gestapo and our "leaders" tell us "Islam is Love, not Hate" [Bush] and "The future must not belong to those who insult the Prophet of Islam" [Obama]. And that's what the Muslims know - that's it's more like a payoff than a payback.
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Hoover Dam.
You can drive right across it.

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It doesn't take much to knock out a dam.

OK I spent 15 seconds thinking about it.

Have a speed boat recreate what the Dam Busters did to German dams.
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Not any more. It's been closed to traffic since the bridge opened in 2010.

http://www.hooverdamtours.org/hoover-dam-bypass-open.php

"Now that the Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge is open, the original bridge across the Hoover Dam is closed to vehicular traffic."

http://bridgepros.com/projects/Hoover_Dam_Bypass_Bridge/index.html
http://www.hooverdambypass.org/


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What could Terrorists do to Vegas? Give those idiots there a dose of that for which they voted.
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That's the problem. If they got hit, they'd be begging for a total police state to protect them, even though it can't and won't. Same if San Fran, Chicago, any liberal bastion got hit.
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Glad they are far from any unsecured border. If anyone could come in and cause mischief I might worry.
Glad ever vigilant eye of Sauron or Obama protects me.
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I've spent over 40 years in Las Vegas. This town is full of soft targets. As we lay dying just remember that diversity is our strength.
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"This town is full of soft targets."

And probably full of sleeper cells, too.

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Like Iran getting nukes. Where they gonna use them? New York? D.C.? Go ahead, Make my day.
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You have just said what most Americans are thinking. Terrorism could be a way to rid ourselves of the stink of NYC. Could they please time it to the next Global Warming Conference?
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Nah! Lost Wages is safe. What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Terrorism is all about the headlines, the Buzz. It is the only way the nutters can get attention.
If you wanted to end terrorism, make Media coiverage of Terrorism treason. Life or the Gallows. Stop the headlines, you stop the terrorism.
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Jaileen: I think you've hit on it. The evidence of the reaction to school massacres is instructive for the terrorists. A Beslan-type school seizure and massacre of young hostages would put the nation in chaos.
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I wish I could believe they would hit a target like Las Vegas before what I am more concerned about - a school bus full of kids or a school building. We will not heal easily from that - the parents will be rightfully frightened out of their minds...all over the country.
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I wonder if someone is making sport book on this?
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This is hilarious (if it weren't so damned ugly and serious): al Qaeda and ilk are "concerned" about our "decadence" while seeking a "cure" in murder and terror. How many synonyms are there for warped, psycho, and satanic? It's on the same order as scooping out a pimple with a knife -- only on a scale a million times more insane.
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