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September 21, 2009

More evidence that a terrorist attack might actually be a "reasonable worst-case scenario"

Atlantic Yards Report

The Empire State Development Corporation in 2006 said security concerns did not require an examination in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS):
Emergency scenarios such as a large-scale terrorist attack similar to the World Trade Center attack, a biological or chemical attack, or a bomb are not considered a reasonable worst-case scenario and are therefore outside of the scope of the EIS.

More than a few people pointed me to coverage reporting that a man being questioned in an FBI probe of an alleged terrorist plot had researched baseball and football stadiums.

Add to that the New York Police Department's (likely) classification of a sports facility like the planned Atlantic Yards arena in the High Tier of buildings that present exceptional threat, vulnerability, and impact characteristics.

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Posted by eric at September 21, 2009 11:23 PM