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Security Expert: Dry Ice Bomb at LA Airport Is 'Act of Terrorism'

Tuesday, 15 Oct 2013 07:30 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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The explosion from a plastic bottle containing dry ice at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday should be classified as an act of terror, says Ryan Mauro, national security analyst at The Clarion Project.

"That obviously is an act of terrorism even though the official policy and the official stance right now is that there is no evidence of a nexus between terrorism," Mauro told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"Common sense shows that this obviously is[terror related]. Whether it's Islam in nature or not we don't know, but you don't just accidentally set off dry ice bombs at a major airport. That is someone who intends to do damage and that is an act of terrorism."

FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said a chemical reaction triggered the explosion Sunday in an employee bathroom in Terminal 2. No injuries were reported, but the terminal was closed briefly and four flights were delayed.

Mauro, who is also founder of WorldThreats.com, said there is a "minute chance" that a disgruntled worker could be to blame.

"But if you look at the size of this, it definitely points in the direction of being terrorism-motivated," he said.

"Nonetheless, this does speak to the issue of terrorism because this is a relatively easy plot for al-Qaida, or Hezbollah, or whoever to carry out and so, even if this is just some nut job that hates his co-workers, just imagine what a homegrown terrorist could do if he could do it."

Mauro said he believes that potential acts of terror are brushed off too often as innocent.

"That seems to be the automatic assumption or the automatic public stance of officials whenever something like this happens because they don't want to cause panic, or hurt the economy, or hurt their industry," he said.

"The airlines do have an incentive to wait until there's that smoking-gun proof that it's terrorism before saying anything."

The Clarion Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to exposing the dangers of Islamic extremism. WorldThreats.com offers "in-depth, analysis of threats from terrorism."

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