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Friday, May 7, 2010

San Francisco a Terror Target?

Posted By on Fri, May 7, 2010 at 8:35 AM

click to enlarge Do not give this man directions to Fisherman's Wharf
  • Do not give this man directions to Fisherman's Wharf
Here's the good news: Everyone loves visiting San Francisco. And the bad: That includes terrorists.

According to a recently released report, San Francisco is one of the nation's most terror-saturated cities. Between 1970 and 2007, 66 terror attacks were recorded here. That places us at No. 3 nationally. Nos one through five: New York City (284 attacks); Miami (70); S.F. (66); Washington, D.C. (59); and Los Angeles (54).

That report was put out by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism. And, sifting through the data, it, too, comes with good news and bad news:

The bad news is, yes, San Francisco is terrorized more than just about any city in the realm. But the good news, according to the data accumulated by the Global Terror Database, is that terrorists haven't deigned to commit mayhem here since 1997 -- an airport bombing that destroyed property but didn't kill anyone. As in this case, when terrorists do strike, they're usually inept.

In fact, the vast majority of San Francisco's terror incidents date from the Disco Era -- as perpetrators such as the Jewish Defense League, Weather Underground, and New World Liberation Front attest to.

You'd have to go back to the June 8, 1975 assassination of United Prison Union head Wilbert "Popeye" Jackson and his girlfriend, Sally Voye, to find a lethal terrorist operation undertaken in San Francisco

That attack is pinned on "Tribal Thumb," which is apparently a splinter faction of the New World Liberation Front, and ... is not going to get you in 2010.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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