The terror attack at an upscale mall in Kenya could "easily be duplicated" in the U.S. – a stern warning from the White House may not be able to thwart, and could actually incite, a similar strike here, security expert David Katz said Monday.
Katz, founder and CEO of Global Security Group and a former special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration told "The Steve Malzberg Show" the deadly strike by a Somali terrorist group could happen anywhere.
"It could easily be duplicated here," he said. "If you can just imagine a mall anywhere in the greater New York area, you have unarmed, modestly trained security guards and if you had a small group of heavily armed individuals go in, there is zero chance they're getting stopped. It's something that could happen anywhere and unfortunately it was Kenya that suffered the brunt this time."
Katz said the White House can – and has – warned terrorist groups and nations that they’ll be held accountable, "but it just depends on who gives that stern warning."
"Look at the Syrian red line," he said of President Barack Obama’s warning about the use of chemical weapons. "It was just a humiliating experience . . . you would not believe the way he is being lampooned . . . in the Russian press."
Yet, he added, "We saw George Bush say it and we saw George Bush do it. Ronald Reagan would have done some of the same things. But if you have a president who is not well respected, whose word is not viewed as being rock solid abroad, well then there may be an incitement element to it."
Katz said there are some strategic moves to guard against armed incursions, "but you can't harden every place in the world. It's just impossible."
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