Don Borelli Quoted On ABC News: Holiday Terror Warning Cites Car Bombs and Small Arms Attack
December 17, 2010

Holiday Terror Warning Cites Car Bombs and Small Arms Attack

ABC News
By: Richard Esposito


Federal law enforcement terror bulletins have become as much a part of the holiday season in the past decade as egg nog and department store Santas.

But this year, which ends amid a heightened concern over terror, is a little different. A Department of Homeland Security bulletin sent to law enforcement nationwide Thursday says that federal authorities worry terrorists will try to rattle Americans by attacking during the holidays, and lists concerns including car bombs…

“We are concerned these terrorists may seek to exploit the likely significant psychological impact of an attack targeting mass gatherings in large metropolitan areas during the 2010 holiday season, which has symbolic importance to many in the United States,” The “Security Awareness for the Holiday Season” bulletin…

The most recent attempt came in Sweden on Saturday, where a terrorist who was apparently planning a large attack in central Stockholm blew up a suicide belt, killing himself and wounding two bystanders, after one of the explosive devices he had prepared detonated prematurely in his car…

Don Borelli, former assistant special agent charge in of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force in New York, said that despite the absence of a specific threat, this year stands out.

“There are a couple of key concerns here that make it a little more unusual than the norm including the printer bomb plot,” said Borelli.

The DHS memo cites a range of possible attack options by terrorists. “Based on our review of historical Homeland and overseas terrorist plots, we assess that terrorists plotting an attack within…


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