Dallas-Fort Worth area moves to top tier of terrorism targets
10:34 PM CST on Wednesday, December 9, 2009
WASHINGTON – Dallas is now officially one of the nation's top 10 terrorist targets – a designation that sounds alarming but which state and local officials have sought for years, because it means millions in federal funds to beef up security.
The Department of Homeland Security's precise reasons remain secret, but there were plenty of educated guesses Wednesday about the many factors that justify putting Dallas on a list with New York and Washington. They include population growth, huge sports venues, economic impact, and even the fact that an ex-president calls the city home.
...Security experts speculated that any number of factors may have helped bump Dallas into the top tier.
The Smadi case boosted concern about self-radicalized and homegrown terrorist plots in the intelligence community.
The fact that Bush – who led the nation into two ongoing wars in Muslim nations – lives in Dallas and is building his presidential library there could be a factor.
So could the 2011 Super Bowl, to be played at the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium in Arlington.