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BOX 1
Cities as Potential Suppliers of Terrorists’ Needs: Examples of Terrorists’ Needs

  • Biological or chemical labs and stores

  • Electronic supplies

  • Hospital radiation sources

  • Fuel deposits

  • Gas pipelines

  • University computer labs

  • Vehicles, such as tankers, bulldozers, or armored bank vehicles

  • Human resources, such as students

  • Information, such as libraries and universities

  • Sources of funding

so-called telecom hotels, facilities housing the devices that connect networks. Table 2 shows a recent accounting of their number in some American cities.

Each threat to a city can target one or more of these interacting systems or activities (Figure 1). Explosives can be targeted at people or structures; electromagnetic pulses can be directed at elements of the infrastructure, such as airports or utilities, which in turn can affect the functioning of hospitals, schools, and other institutions; and psychological threats can be aimed at people and organi-

TABLE 2 A Growing Potential Target: Cities with the Largest Number of Telecom Hotels2

City

Number of Telecom Hotels, 2001

New York

64

Los Angeles

46

Dallas

37

Atlanta

36

Seattle

30

Chicago

72

San Francisco

25

Miami

24

Phoenix

23

Austin

19

San Diego

17

Portland

17

Washington, D.C.

16

Denver

16

Las Vegas

14

San Jose

13

Pittsburgh

13

Philadelphia

13

Jacksonville

13

Minneapolis

12



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