1/20/2005

Boston In The Crosshairs?

The Boston Herald is reporting on a strange situation involving a potential terrorist threat against Boston.

Authorities are scouring Boston for four Chinese nationals and two Iraqi men who may pose a nuclear threat to the city based on a report from an unidentified man calling from Mexico who claims to have smuggled them over the U.S. border.

"They got a call from across the border in Mexico to the California Highway Patrol several days ago, and he said he brought two Iraqis and four Chinese (individuals) across the border and according to him, they stated soon to follow behind them would be some sort of (nuclear) material," said a law enforcement source.

"He refers to some sort of nuclear material that will follow them through New York up into Boston."
The story seems a little oddball to me - why would one of the participants in the plot alert the FBI? Nevertheless, Boston officials and Homeland Security appear to be taking it seriously.

Prior to 9/11, this sort of investigation probably would not have made the papers. In the age of increased "transparency" in investigations concerning possible terrorist threats, even thin leads like this become prominent news stories. Where some people cite these sorts of stories as fear-mongering, I tend to look at it as a good thing. Generally speaking, increased public scrutiny of governmental activities tends to bring about positive change.

Hat tip to MartiniPundit.