Could terrorists use IEDs in America?

Improvised Explosive Devices(otherwise known as; IEDs)have been responsible for the killing and wounding of more than 21,200 Americans in Iraq. Is it possible that we could see them being used in the U.S?

According to a recent Washington Post article (The Washington Post, Saturday, October 20, 2007)by staff writers Spencer S. Hsu and Mary Beth Sheridan, both the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI believe that the homemade explosive devices pose a “rising threat” to the United States. The fact that the terrorists keep honing their skills and their bombs continue to mutate and to cause even more devastation and destruction is a cause for even greater concern.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies seems to be clear as to the inherent danger. The Center’s director, Mr. David Heyman was quoted as saying: “If terrorists initiated an IED campaign in America today, it could paralyze us”.

There can be no doubt that those who would be capable of manufacturing such devices have already been living here and some may be living amongst us at the present time. Adressing the Center’s fears, Homeland Security Secretary, Mr. Michael Chertoff mentioned that the suicide bomber who died in a car bombing in Iraq in 2005, Raed al-Banna, was flagged as a terrorist by customs inspectors at O’Hare airport in 2003 and ordered out of the U.S.

One has only to look at the events in Madrid, London and Glasgow to understand the comment made by the FBI Director,Mr. Robert Mueller, that these bombs and attempted bombings is a “trend that has already begun”.

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