Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Georgia Dome threat

An Internet message claiming that seven NFL stadiums will be hit with dirty bombs this weekend has been met with "strong skepticism" by government security officials. Dated October 12, the message appeared on a Web site called "The Friend Society"; the posting claimed that trucks would deliver radiological bombs to stadiums in New York, Miami, Atlanta, Seattle, Houston, Oakland and Cleveland.

Since Pittsburgh is playing at Atlanta's Georgia Dome this weekend the Steelers are one of 14 teams that will be affected, is some sense, by this threat. Of course, terrorists aren't normally in the business of announcing their intentions in advance. Another thing that makes such an attack unlikely is the fact that the NFL schedule was released in April. Six months isn't much time for any terror organization to plan and execute coordinated attacks such as these. Never mind the fact that the Georgia Dome has a closed roof, a detail that the threatmaster does not seem to recognize.


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