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The fear that stays with us

May 3, 2010 12:45:43 PM PDT
My teenagers were 9 and 6 when the World Trade Center buildings were attacked - old enough to understand the gravity and fear of the attacks. And old enough so that the anxiety and reality of the situation stays with them, all these years later.

And so I could feel the uncertainty when my eldest, visiting her friend out of town, texted me at midnight Saturday asking if I had heard about the bomb scare in Times Square.

New Yorkers, whether they fully understand it or not, live with a fear just under the surface - a fear that it can, and likely will, happen again. More attacks.

Attorney General Eric Holder today said as much, as he lamented how terrorists target his home town.

So much damage can be inflicted on so many people here, and it's such a cultural and financial center, New York is a perfect target.

Tonight we're awaiting word whether cops have identified the bombing suspect from Saturday night's thwarted and botched car bomb attempt.

And the bigger question: Who was behind the attempted attack? Was it some home-grown loonies? Or is there an international terrorist element to this? ABC News this afternoon reporting that authorities are increasingly thinking there is an international angle.

We'll have complete coverage, tonight at 11.

We're also in the Gulf of Mexico, where Diana Williams is covering the oil slick crisis. As both BP and the Obama Administration come under criticism - the corporation for underestimating the problem and reportedly not doing enough to prevent it, and the President's minions for not grasping the severity of the environmental crisis soon enough.

Also at 11, we're in Newark with an incredible look at the weapons recently seized by cops, and investigating what they call the "iron pipeline" - a direct line from other states into New Jersey. A pipeline that carries weapons. Cops say that 80% to 90% of the murders in Newark are gun-related, but that most of them are brought in from other states. Phil Lipof tonight has our story.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Scott Clark with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER


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