Friday, September 25, 2009

Good police work, public awareness keys to anti-terrorism effort, experts say

Alert police work led to the arrest of an alleged would-be federal building bomber in Springfield Thursday.

Bruce Liebe, a retired Illinois State Police officer who teaches a class on terrorism as a law-enforcement challenge at the University of Illinois Springfield, agreed that Finton’s arrest shouldn’t prevent anyone fom going about their normal routine.

“But I think it definitely heightens the message that’s been put out by the FBI and other law enforcement that people need to remain diligent and observe … people or persons or things that may be out of place and report those to the appropriate authorities,” Liebe said.

Liebe's comments were featured in a September 25, 2009 article in the State Journal-Register.

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