The government plans to give U.S. retailers a list of materials that can be used in explosives and ask them to look out for suspicious behavior as a way to combat domestic terrorism, the homeland security secretary said on Wednesday. On the eve of the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, Jeh Johnson said the so-called home-grown or "lone wolf" attack like last year's Boston Marathon bombing was the hardest to detect and the one he worried about most.
He said his department would issue a public advisory to retailers this week identifying the materials and suspicious behavior to look for in anyone buying large quantities of them. Homemade bombs in pressure cooker pots were placed at the finish line of the famous race in Boston on April 15, 2013, killing three people and injuring 176 others in the worst attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001.
"So we can't and we shouldn't prohibit the sale of a pressure cooker," Johnson told the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. "We can sensitize retail businesses to be on guard for suspicious behavior by those who buy this kind of stuff."
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Police have arrested a 55-year-old New York man on charges he called a Sikh man a terrorist and mowed him down with his pickup truck. The encounter happened July 30 in the Queens borough of New York. Sandeep Singh was treated for abdominal and back injuries. The New York Post reports that Joseph Caleca and Singh exchanged words because Singh's car door was blocking the street.
Police say Caleca called 29-year-old Singh a terrorist before hitting him with his truck. Police say Caleca then accelerated, hit Singh and dragged him several feet before fleeing. "I was attacked because I am a Sikh, and because I look like a Sikh," Singh, who is originally from India, said in a statement. "We need to create a world without hate." Caleca was arrested late Monday on charges of attempted murder as a hate crime and assault as a hate crime. No information on a lawyer for him was available.
Source: CBS News