Terrorist Monitoring: False Alerts vs. Increased Security

Author: John Honovich, Published on May 06, 2010

After each terrorist attempt or incident, an increase in security efforts occur (often temporarily). Such increases demonstrate the tension between minimizing disruptions to daily life and maximizing the risk of stopping terrorist events.

In New York City, following the Time Squares terrorist attempt, security and shutdowns have increased including twice in a single day during the week after the attempt. Both alerts were false. One of the alerts resulted in: "police officers clear[ing] the area and [bringing] in a bomb squad to check the bag. They found a gray shirt, white tube socks, a toothbrush and pens."

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