May 5, 2010 4:59 AM by Jeannette Hynes

Acts of terrorism come in many forms

The terrorist plot in Times Square shows our nation's vulnerability.

"A car bomb today is maybe a cyanide issue tomorrow.  They're very creative.  They're working very hard to hurt us, so we have to be even more creative to be one step ahead," says Michael Perini, executive director of the National Institute of Science, Space, and Security Centers (NISSSC) at UCCS.  NISSSC educates, researches, and develops homeland security strategies.

Perini says we're much safer now than before the September 11th attacks, but acts of terror and the people who commit them come in many forms.

"Terrorists by nature are dangerous whether they're home grown or from some place," says Perini. "They're here to take our freedoms away, and so, again, I think we have to be vigilant, and I think what happened recently is a wake-up call for all of us."

Security experts say reporting any suspicious activity, no matter how minor it may seem at the time, can stop a terrorist act before it starts.

While NORAD/U.S. Northern Command is not directly involved in this incident, Lieutenant Commander Gary Ross gave News First 5 this statement over the phone: "We partner and share information with other federal agencies and continue to remain vigilant. We take this seriously."


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