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Published September 09, 2011, 10:17 PM

NDSU terrorism expert urges vigilance

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - In the wake of 9/11, local, state, and federal governments drastically changed security requirements, but are more attacks possible with all the stepped up procedures? An NDSU terrorism expert says yes, and how it could happen may surprise you.

By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY

In the wake of 9/11, local, state, and federal governments drastically changed security requirements, but are more attacks possible with all the stepped up procedures? An NDSU terrorism expert says yes, and how it could happen may surprise you.

Dr. Dan Klenow has studied homeland security. Just weeks ago, Klenow went to a weeklong seminar to learn more about global jihad, security in other countries, and technology changes.

They are the incredible images of lives lost that will forever be etched in our minds. Planes plunging into the World Trade Center; the towers suddenly collapsing, killing thousands of helpless people. Since 9/11, security at the once easy target of airports has been heightened.

Dan Klenow – NDSU Terrorism Expert: “It's not an inviting target.”

It is easier to track the trails of terrorist networks. Political parties have focused funds on the effort in the ten years since that tragic day. But should we would worry we will witness similar attacks crippling our country again? NDSU terrorism expert Dan Klenow says it's not likely, but more attacks are.

Dan Klenow: “One thing about terrorists, they adapt to situations. And if they see walls going up, in terms of barriers, security of any particular type, I mean you know, they're going to be intelligent enough, they're going to respond.”

The problems, now, are the unknowns.

Dan Klenow: “You can't predict which stream of attack they might take.”

Terrorists could intentionally bring a deadly disease on a plane, bomb small buildings, or target trains or trucks, all places still lacking strong security.

Dan Klenow: “It may not be an event where there's an explosion, but you're going to undermine the country.”

Dan Klenow: “There are an infinite number of targets. And it's simply a matter of what will terrorists define as an acceptable event, the scale.”

Klenow says terrorists themselves are hard to predict. There are plenty of smaller groups or individuals difficult for the government to monitor.

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