CBS 11 Header TXA 21 Header MeTV Header KRLD Header The Fan Header
One Year Anniversary West Fertilizer Blast: | Complete West Explosion Coverage

Local

Military Security Tightened Following Bin Laden’s Death

By Jack Fink, CBS 11 News
View Comments
The seal of the FBI hangs at the bureau's headquaters. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The seal of the FBI hangs at the bureau’s headquaters. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

(credit: KTVT/KTXA) Jack Fink
Jack moved to Dallas after three years at WESH-TV, the NBC affil...
Read More

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Security at military installations in Texas and across the nation has been tightened following Osama bin Laden’s death.

Danny Defenbaugh, former special agent in charge of the Dallas FBI, said, at the very least, bin Laden’s death serves as a reminder of the threat that remains.

“Even if you don’t see higher security, you’re going to see a higher awareness of those individuals,” he said. “You’re going to see more training of things to look for.”

At Dallas County’s Homeland Security Department, director Lisa Chambers said they’re in close contact with federal authorities.

But so far, she said there have been no directives issued to local governments.

“They’re at a heightened state of alert at U.S. diplomatic facilities overseas, no credible threat information right now in the domestic U.S.,” she said.

Now, experts say the main threat may come from lone wolves who sympathize with bin Laden and al Qaeda. Two recent examples lived in North Texas.

Jordanian national Hosam Smadi, 19, is serving 24 years in prison after he admitted to trying to blow up Fountain Place in downtown Dallas

And Saudi national Khalid Aldawsari, 20, of Lubbock, is accused of plotting to blow up former President George W. Bush’s Dallas home and numerous other targets nationwide.

While Defenbaugh credits the FBI with arresting both men before they could hurt or kill anyone, he said these types of lone wolves can be quite difficult to track down.

“The problem with the lone wolf is you don’t know what you need to know,” Defenbaugh said.

He added that the best defense against suspected terrorists like Smadi and Aldawsari is for people to report strange activity when they see it.

View Comments