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LAPD Gears Up for Possible Pre-Election Terrorist Threat

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"If Bin Laden wants to engineer a late-October surprise in 2008, an attack on a significant American economic target may be one of the most tempting opportunities he has had in recent years," wrote LAPD Chief Bratton in a New York Daily News op-ed today. Co-written with R.P. Eddy, former director of counter-terrorism at the National Security Council, they say Bin Laden may be seeking to sway the election towards the McCain/Palin camp since they would more "likely to engender Muslim anger and resentment than would his opponent."

Locally, the LA Times finds that the LAPD "has been 'gearing up for some time' for the November elections," according to the head of the department's anti-terrorism bureau, Deputy Chief Michael Downing. "Surveillance teams have been concentrated in the city's financial district, he said. Communication with private security groups has also increased, and the department's area commanders were briefed last week on the need to keep their officers vigilant, Downing said."

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