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Ghastly Gridiron Atomic Assault Main Dish at Tailgate Parties; Concerned Officials Say, "Whatevs"

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In what may (or may not) prove to be a good little summation of terror threats to America writ large since 9/11--lots of fear, or at least lots of attempts to instill it from the powers-that-want-to-be-more-powerful, little to be a-feared about--the Internet is abuzz with threats to blow up seven "dirty bombs" at NFL games this Sunday.

The Homeland Security Department alerted authorities and stadium owners in those cities, as well as the NFL, of the Web message but said the threat was being viewed "with strong skepticism."…..
Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke said there was no intelligence that indicated such an attack was imminent, and he said the alert was "out of an abundance of caution."

"The department strongly encourages the public to continue to go about their plans, including attending events that involve large public gatherings such as football games," Knocke said.

The FBI also expressed doubt about the threat.

The original threat is reprinted and its long life and dubious provenance discussed here.

However, reputed dirty bomber Adnan G. El Shukrijumah is still at large.

As a public service, the seven cities allegedly targeted: Oakland, Atlanta, New York, Miami, Seattle, Houston, Cleveland.