Skip to comments.U.S. Malls on Alert After Al-Shabab Assault in Nairobi
Posted on 09/24/2013 11:40:40 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
The Department of Homeland Security is urging shopping malls in the United States to increase security in the aftermath of the carnage wrought by al Qaedas Somalia affiliate over the weekend in Nairobi.
Malachy Kavanagh, a spokesman for the International Council of Shopping Centers, told The Daily Beast on Monday that the department contacted shopping malls Sunday to check on the precautions they were taking against mass shooters.
U.S. intelligence officials say there is no specific threat information suggesting that al Qaeda is planning a similar kind of mass shooting in American shopping malls. Nonetheless, security experts worry about copycats.
There could be copycats, said Rep. Mike McCaul (R-TX), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. McCaul said he was concerned about psychologically unstable people or radicalized Americans looking at the images from the Westgate mall in Nairobi and seeking to carry out a similar attack in the United States.
After 9/11 we had the two shooters who ran up and down the East Coast, he said. McCaul stressed that the two men, known as the D.C. snipers, were not connected to al Qaeda. But he said, You could have someone who is mentally unstable, and this is their unhealthy way to draw attention to themselves.
A Department of Homeland Security official on Monday confirmed that the department was recently in communication with commercial facilities, which include shopping centers and malls in the United States. The official added, At this time, there is no indication of a threat to the homeland related to the incident in Nairobi.
The Mall of America, the biggest shopping mall in the United States, has already increased security measures in response to the Nairobi mall siege over the weekend.
Mall of America continues to monitor the tragic events unfolding in Kenya with the help of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, said a spokesman for the mall. Mall of America has implemented extra security precautions. Some may be noticeable to guests, and others wont be. We will continue to follow the situation, along with law enforcement, and will remain vigilant as we always do in similar situations.
The giant shopping mall is in Bloomington, Minnesota, less than 20 minutes from Minneapolis, which boasts a vibrant Somali-American community, from which al Qaedas Somalia affiliate, Al-Shabab, has been recruiting heavily.
Shootings in American shopping malls are not uncommon. Two women were killed at a San Francisco mall in July, and last Christmas two were fatally shot in a mall in Portland, Oregon, before the shooter turned the gun on himself.
In 2007 a Somali man with ties to al Qaeda was arrested for plotting to bomb a mall in Columbus, Ohio. He pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide material support for terrorists and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Many of the malls contacted by DHS on Sunday said they were implementing additional security precautions as a result of the events in Nairobi.
Most [shopping] centers have their own security in place, and they could increase that, meaning they would bring in extra security officers, put more security officers in uniform to be a more obvious presence, said Kavanagh. They would reach out to local law enforcement officers and ask them to increase patrols in the centers.
Echoing McCaul, Kavanaugh said the biggest fear among management at U.S. shopping malls was that ambitious copycats would draw inspiration from Nairobi.
The U.S. security industry follows world events, he said, because the fear is [that] like what you saw at the Navy Yard or in Sandy Hook, that you can have an individual who is mentally deranged or someone who has been radicalized who would carry out a copycat attack.
get rid of the ‘gun free zone’ signs, and you’ll have a whole army of hidden defenders...
Which he did when he spotted the Concealed Carry civilian draw his weapon.
I love Shish kebab.
I’m waiting for Obummy to announce that the TSA will now be stationed at all major shopping malls.
You could have someone who is mentally unstable, and this is their unhealthy way to draw attention to themselves.
So are they implying the only way a mall could be attacked in the US are by mentally unstable people? Or that terrorists are mentally unstable? Always running cover for the jihadists.
Going to the Waldorf Mall in Maryland after dark is taking your life in your hands.
The muzzie in SLC Trolley Square mall was held down by a carrier.
Can’t remember the last time I was at a mall or any other place where large people gather. I went to a Seattle Mariners game this summer - no large crowd there.
Turn up the A/C, because I’m gonna be wearing a jacket for all future mall visits.....
They need the NSA to spy on us so they can issue warnings after the fact? Day late and a dollar short.
Ha. I just realized my own poor word choice.
Don’t let a sign get in the way of your self-defense!
They can make bigger "guns prohibited" signs. That will work! Probably what went wrong in Nairobi. The "guns prohibited" signs weren't conspicuous enough for the terrorists to read.
a Bosnian muslim went all allu akbar on Valentines Day in a Utah mall a couple years back but no one was supposed to notice his motive, sadly Americans died unrecognized as more victims of eeslami jihad
1. hijack danger —> pilots got guns —> hijacks STOPPED
2. military base danger—> ??? —> military base shootings will stop
3. mall danger —> ?? —> mall shootings will stop
Malls are gun free zones. No worries.
A spontaneous Jihadi shot up The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle shortly after my ex-wife stopped working there, wounding several friends, killing one.
Maybe you were thinking of a Walmart.
Malls in the liberal utopias like Chicago would be the terrorists most likely target. Nobody will have guns to shoot back.
I don’t always carry - but the mall is one place I surely pack. What with the roving junior gangstas and the car-jacking in the parking lots (and I live in the ‘burbs).
Remember when they said, “Hey if we change the way we live then THE TERRORISTS WIN..!!”
Remember when a person accused of something would retort, “Hey, it’s a FREE COUNTRY..!”
Just prevent immigration by Bad People, and you will mostly solve the problem.
I am sorry to hear that you lost a friend
one of my friends caught a knife in her back just walking into a hotel lobby in Cairo...spontaneous jihad
RIP to our friends
So nobama arms jihadist moozlum idiots in the middle east, allows the borders to be open for jihadist moozlums, provides moozlum jihadists with immigration preferences throughout the US...and now we are subjected to more limitations of OUR freedom because they are worried we might get hurt by moozlum terrorists! Something is wrong with this picture...very wrong.
Other than being Muslim.
Two of the malls closest to me are pretty much dead. So the joke will be on them.
Taking in welfare an sitting on your ass is now consider vibrant?
Any day now, everyone will have to take their shoes off when entering a mall.
In addition, those Third World people recently placed in positions of authority have demanded that more of the Third World populace be brought into the country so that the current Third World coup with its attendant power can be consolidated.
I had no plans to visit any of the US Malls local to me.
Doubly so now...
Wouldn’t it just be simpler if we all just learned the name of Mohammed’s mother?
IIRC, it was a young man who actually had a bead on the perp but didn't fire because of people behind him.
Either way, it caused the perp to end it on his own...chalk one up for the good guys!
If you see a dozen Muslim “women” in full Burkas walk into the Mall. Check their feet for combat boots. Then open fire.
And so it begins.
Paranoid? Yeah, a little. It's easier than worrying about if I'm safe, since I know that these parameters keep me aa safe as possible.
Note to Al-Queda: Don’t even bother with the Greeley Mall. About 40% occupancy, never more than 300 people in there.
I go to the mall with my wife frequently. I always carry. See here in South Florida the local ordinance says (Re: Guns forbidden zones):
"If you carry a concealed weapon on posted property, and you are detected, you may be asked to leave the premises. If you return and are still armed and are again detected, you may be arrested for trespass after warning, a misdemeanor."
So it comes down to the policy of the property owner, not a violation of criminal law. Tell you what, I'll violate anybody's dang policy to keep my wife and myself safe. Not to mention the sheep in the area.
It is enormous - one of the five biggest in the country, I believe.
There is almost no security that I've ever seen.
It's under some of the strictest anti-gun laws in the country, so there's almost no chance of running into armed civilians.
Exits from the buildings are scarce and driving out of the parking area is a horrific and confusing nightmare even when there is no panic.
It has an open air atrium design, so anything from bullets to poison gas can move between all four floor instanteously.
It's packed on the weekends.
And, as an added bonus to nutjob islamis, a very large percentage of the customers are hasidim from the large hassidic communities in the area.
I'm surprised it hasn't been targeted already.
My wife works in a mall and has for many years.
"Know your target and what is beyond it."
Putting 10 more retired old men in the mall won’t solve the problem. Kicking all members of the ROP out of the country will.
Carry safe and always carry.
added a couple extra for you....good listing.
1. hijack danger > pilots got guns > hijacks STOPPED
2. military base danger> ??? > military base shootings will stop
3. mall danger > ?? > mall shootings will stop
4. college danger -> ?? -> college shootings will stop
5. move danger -> ?? -> movie shootings will stop
I'm guessing it's not Mary.
Seriesley! Sines r 4 the edicated peeps.
I heard it was Barack.