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Sep 24, 2009 2:54 AM by Nicole Vandeputte

Terror warning for sporting events

Security bulletins have been issued across the nation urging extra vigilance at sporting events and entertainment venues. The Federal Government stresses that there are no known terror plots.

The bulletin was issued this week the FBI and Homeland Security Department. It tells law enforcement to be alert at sports arenas, hotels, and entertainment complexes.

At Falcon Stadium, at the Air Force Academy, they're already prepared. That installation has been considered an attractive target for terrorists since the 9/11 attacks. Security there is already pretty tight. There are armed guards, and trucks can't get near the field. People aren't allowed to wear backpacks in.

Joe Novak, the Assistant Athletic Director for Events at the Air Force Academy, says security at those football games is tighter than at most stadiums in the country. "From security outside the gate, to inside, to all the way to the stadium, you can be feel pretty secure," says Novak.

Joe Ruffini is a local terrorism expert. He wrote a book called, "when terror comes to Main street." He says, "Everything is at risk, because you don't know where the enemy is going to strike. They might say stadiums or hotels this week. Next week, it might be power plants or power stations. The week after that it might be churches. It might be schools. The entire nation is at risk."

The memo states nothing about the possible terror plot involving Najibullah Zazi near Aurora. However, Ruffini believes if he was planning an attack his arrest is a good eye-opener. "I think it would be naïve to think that there are not sleeper cells in Denver and Colorado Springs. The only good that comes out of something like this is that we're reminded as Americans, not to be paranoid, to be vigilant."

Ruffini says the best thing you can do is keep your eyes open. He says pay attention to what is going on around you, and if you notice something that seems wrong alert the authorities.

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