Great to see you this Thursday and thank you for logging or tuning for 10 minutes of current events. I'm Carl Azuz.First up, an international increase in security.
There are more visible police in airports across the U.S., train stations and tunnels, places where masses of people gather and travel.They're all in a state of heightened alert.In several cities around the world, even where officials say there are no specific threats at this time, more security forces are on guard, following Wednesday's terrorist attacks in the Belgium capital of Brussels.Thirty-one people were killed and 270 wounded when an airport and train station were targeted.ISIS said it was responsible.Belgian police say there were four attackers in all.Two of them were brothers who died.One of the suicide bombers hasn't been identified yet and another suspected terrorist is on the run after placing a bomb at the Brussels airport that they did not go off.Police raids continue throughout Brussels, which is under its highest threat warning.A soft target is a place where people are gathered, such as an airport, train terminal, or even a stadium where before they can get through screening, they are essentially unprotected.They are prime targets for terrorists.From what we've seen from al Qaeda and from ISIS is that they train to attack soft targets.They know that these are places where people are going to be gathering and where they're going to be unprotected.We saw that in the Paris attacks where a couple of the suicide bombings happen outside of the Stade de France.In Brussels, we saw the airport and the metro station.One of the first things that authorities worry about after an event like Brussels is the possibility of copycat attacks, people who might just be thinking of doing something and they get inspired.So, that's one of the reasons why you see an increase presence of police in places like Times Square, in places like Penn Station.You can only keep that increased presence for a few days.It's intended to make sure that you show an increased vigilance.But then the harder work begins behind the scenes.Wherever you put the security cordon, there's still going to be a line.And a line is always vulnerable.
So, the U.S. has a very robust system whereby they do sting operations to try to find these people who are online, who are talking about carrying an attack.It's a very controversial tactic, but so far, it has prevented a lot of attacks in the United States.In other countries they're starting to copy that formula to try to do the same thing.Next story today, a black box warning.It's the strongest one that the U.S. government gives on the labels of dangerous medications.
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