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Past terrorist attacks have left many concerned about the possibility of future incidents of terrorism in the United States and their potential impact. A terrorist attack on the U.S. remains a significant and pressing threat. Terrorist operations usually begin with extensive planning and can happen anytime, anywhere, but you can help prevent and detect terrorism by watching out for suspicious activities and by reporting them to the proper authorities. Be alert for the eight signs of terrorism, which can be found below.
VIDEO: Recognizing the 8 Signs of Terrorism
The nationwide "If You See Something, Say Something" public awareness campaign was created to raise public awareness of indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, and to emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the proper local law enforcement authorities. If you see something suspicious taking place, report the behavior or activity to local law enforcement. In the event of an emergency, call 9-1-1. Factors such as race, ethnicity, national origin, or religious affiliation alone are not suspicious. Never try to handle or intervene in the situation on your own – let trained authorities handle the situation.
Suspicious people may often be identified by their behavior. While no one behavioral activity is proof that someone is planning to act inappropriately, these factors can help you assess whether someone poses a threat.
An act of terrorism may have wide-spread and devastating results.
You should be prepared for the following:
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Najibullah Zazi, a citizen of Afghanistan and a legal resident of the United States, plotted to bomb the New York City subway system in September 2009. In January 2009, Zazi moved to Colorado and worked as a shuttle bus driver at the Denver International Airport. On Sept. 8, 2009, Zazi drove from Denver to New York, taking with him the explosives and other materials necessary to build the bombs. Zazi and others intended to obtain and assemble the remaining components of the bombs over the weekend and conduct the attack on the Manhattan subway system on September 14, 15 or 16, 2009. However, shortly after arriving in New York, Zazi realized that law enforcement was investigating his activities. Zazi and others discarded the explosives and other bomb-making materials, and Zazi traveled back to Denver. He was arrested on Sept. 19, 2009.
Photos courtesy of FEMA/Andrea Booher, FEMA/Lauren Hobart and FEMA/Jocelyn .