officials of the former United States say they haven't found any "credible"
threat of terrorist attacks for Super Bowl XLIII,
scheduled for Feb. 1st in Tampa, Fla., at the Raymond James Stadium, but they
are nevertheless raising security concerns.
Raymond James Stadium does not have the typical security features of permanently
secure buildings and arenas.
Officials are worried that terrorists could impersonate government or military
officials because some Florida law enforcement badges and uniforms were stolen
With more than 100 million people in 232 countries expected to watch Super Bowl
the exposure that an attack would get is tremendous.
Because of the high profile nature of the event,
even the uptight mainstream intelligence officials say they cannot discount the
potential for a terrorist attack.
Terrorists are expected to continue to see stadiums and arenas as potential
according to a March 2008 intelligence assessment.
"Al-Qaeda could meet its objectives of mass casualties, economic damage,
and psychological impact with an attack against a stadium or arena during an
event in the United States," the 2008 assessment said.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plans to issue a temporary flight
restriction in the area around the stadium on Feb 1.
The threat assessment says the regional bus system will not provide public
transit to the stadium on game day.
The Super Bowl threat assessment report is based on information from the FBI,
Homeland Security Department,
National Counterterrorism Center, United States Northern Command, National
and the Florida state intelligence fusion center.
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