Saturday, July 09, 2005

Candy-gram for Montana, Pittsburgh, and Chicago

Although the White Sox are getting their hats handed to them by the Oakland A's at the time of this writing, they are on track to win the American League Central Division. The last time a White Sox team was this good and headed for post-season glory, the season got cancelled (the Baseball Strike of 1994). So what's going to disrupt the White Sox this year?

According to Fox News, a major terrorist attack on the mass transportation system.

Juval Aviv, a counter-terrorism expert, was interviewed on Fox Fan Central. Fox Fan Central? Really? Do they lift this stuff from MTV?

And Juval was full of good news.

Fox Fan Central: Do you believe another terrorist attack is likely on American soil?

Juval Aviv: I predict, based primarily on information that is floating in Europe and the Middle East ... It could happen as soon as tomorrow, or it could happen in the next few months. Ninety days at the most.

[Ed. note: Ask work for a 3-month sabbatical on Monday.]

FFC: What portion of the American infrastructure do you believe is at the greatest risk for a terror attack?

JA: What they’re going to do is hit six, seven, or eight cities simultaneously to show sophistication and really hit the public. This time, which is the message of the day, it will not only be big cities. ... If you figured out that if you just move out of New York and move to Montana or to Pittsburgh, you’re not immune. We’re going get you wherever we can and it’s easier there than in New York.’

[Ed. note: Does Las Vegas have a betting line set up on this yet?]

Juval's parting words:

JA: In Israel, it’s very popular right now [amongst terrorists] to put one device to explode and time another one for five minutes later when it’s all calm, people are getting up, and the rescue teams have responded.

[Ed. note: Keep on top of fads in terrorist circles.]

Juval Aviv has been saying interesting things for years. He was a consultant for the FBI for ten years on anti-terrorism matters. Then he pointed the finger at the government and became persona non grata. The upside was that he didn't have to go to those awful FBI dinner parties anymore.

Aviv's company, Interfor, was hired by Pan Am and their insurance company to find out who bombed the Lockerbie flight. It was the Interfor report that stated that U.S. law enforcement agencies were monitoring and participating in a heroin-smuggling operation that run through Frankfurt, Germany. Furthermore, they were aware that Pan Am 103 was going to be bombed, and let it happen so their operation wouldn't be blown.

Juval thinks about this stuff a lot. He wrote a book, "The Complete Terrorism Survival Guide". It has helpful tips, such as this one for businesses: ask employees to donate DNA samples so remains can be identified if there is a terrorist attack.

He's got good advice for individuals too, such as: have a plan for pets, because shelters aren't going to allow them. If you're on prescription medication, try to arrange having an extra set. Those 24-hour Walgreens' pharmacies probably aren't going to be open.

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