When al-Shabaab mentioned, seemingly in passing, that they thought it would be great for someone to attack the Mall of America, US officials were mostly nonplussed by the news. They had, after all, been pretending to attack America’s malls for years.
Officials say that the FBI has been staging a large number of mock attacks on US malls since the Nairobi mall attack two years ago by al-Shabaab, designed to “test readiness” for any possible attacks.
The FBI even has a whole program designed just to improve mall security, and insists they are confident that the malls are secure, in spite of the putative threat.
Most officials aren’t envisioning any real changes as a result of the al-Shabaab comments, with the exception of DHS Director Jeh Johnson, who is still hoping to parlay the “threat” into a yes vote for funding his department later this week.
3 thoughts on “Officials: US Carried Out Mock Mall Attacks to Test Readiness”
Oh brother. Next thing you know is that one of these FBI mock attacks is going to go live and we get some Newtown-type…thing, whatever that was.
Didn't they do some thing like that before 9/11??Who is the scape goat this time going to be?
I thought Shotton is suspended from the Labour Party not the council he will still be drawing is basic allowance as a councillor as he is not suspended from attending council meetings.
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