Las Vegas called high terror target

Oct. 7, 2010 at 1:04 PM
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LAS VEGAS, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- An FBI special agent told a terrorism forum in Las Vegas he believes the city is the No. 3 terrorism "threat city" in America.

FBI Supervisory Special Agent Geoffrey Williams made the remark Wednesday at a forum at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, "The Current Threat Posed by Domestic Terrorists," the Las Vegas Sun reported.

"Beyond New York and Washington, D.C., I would challenge anybody to say there's a city that, if you perpetrated an attack, would attract more media attention," Williams said. "Between the Strip, Nellis complex (an Air Force base and range) and Hoover Dam, we're a huge threat city."

Another FBI agent said the greatest threat of domestic terrorism could come from a "lone wolf," committing violence in the name of a group or ideology but doing so on his own without instructions from any particular group.

"It's good for people to know that there's lone wolves probably walking around out there right now," Special Agent Richard Beasley said, the Sun reported. "They're probably the most dangerous ones that are out there."

John Cantor, a local landscaper and member of the National Guard, said he attended the forum to stay informed about homeland security.

"I think it is important that we here in Las Vegas be aware that we could be a target," Cantor said. "Everything was very informative here tonight. Hopefully they'll have more forums like this."

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