Dogma Alert

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Teaching anti-terrorism

IIT class is among growing field of homeland security study

By Patrice M. Jones
Tribune staff reporter
Published January 25, 2006

The assignment was daunting -- to protect Chicagoans in the wake of a terrorist attack on the infamous downtown Block 37 project with its proposed office tower, retail space and subterranean subway station.

One by one, the Illinois Institute of Technology graduate students came to the front of the classroom, pointing out the site's vulnerabilities.

What was presented as a final class project was a chilling laundry list of dangers but also possible solutions: from designing barriers to protect the completed complex from potential explosives-laden vehicles, to providing human and electronic surveillance, to even using special glass in construction that would prove less deadly if buildings were attacked. [...]


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