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Super Bowl XLV: Joint Special Event Threat Assessment

The "Super Bowl XLV: Joint Special Event Threat Assessment" was released on January 11, 2011, only 26 days prior to Super Bowl XLV on February 6, 2011, in Dallas, Texas. This is the first known Joint Special Threat Assessment memo ever issued for a Super Bowl, indicating that the U.S. government was looking for plausible deniability in the subsequent legal fallout that would undoubtedly occur.

     Super Bowl XLV: The high profile of and media attention afforded to the Super Bowl make it a potentially attractive target for
     terrorist groups. International and domestic terrorists have targeted major sporting events in the past, including the 1972
     Munich and 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. More recently, foreign media reports indicated potential threats by al-Qa’ida and
     Lashkar-e-Tayyiba to the 2010 Commonwealth Games held during October in New Delhi, India

     Suicide Bombers:
Suicide bombing is a widely used terrorist tactic overseas against events and locations where large
     numbers of people are present. Such attacks could also target crowded, unsecured targets nearby.
On 11 July 2010,
     al-Shabaab-linked suicide bombers conducted attacks at two venues in Kampala, Uganda where fans were gathered to watch
     broadcasts of the final game of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Nearly 80 individuals were killed, including one American.3  On 14
     May 2010, three al-Qa’ida in Iraq-affiliated suicide bombers detonated explosive devices as players and spectators were
     leaving a soccer game in the town of Tal Afar, Iraq, according to a US media account. The attack killed 10 and wounded 120
     people.

      Security Breaches and Insider Threats:
Terrorists or criminals might try to gain access to restricted areas by
     impersonating government or military officials or emergency personnel. Detecting and
detaining such individuals would pose a
     key security challenge prior to and during the Super Bowl. Terrorists affiliated with al-Qa’ida, the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan,
     Hamas, Hizballah, and other groups have impersonated officials and used stolen or cloned official vehicles in conducting
     attacks overseas.


ACCESS: Super Bowl XLV: Joint Special Event Threat Assessment (PDF)

As luck would have it, the exact same scenario depicted in the Super Bowl XLV: Joint Special Event Threat Assessment took place days before the Super Bowl. The fears that "Recent events serve to highlight potential risk posed to Super Bowl XLV by individuals breaching security using false media credentials" took place on January 14, 2011, and January 30, 2011, when a series of thefts occurred in which 2 NFL laptops, 2 Private Security laptops, and 1 iPad were allegedly stolen:

Incident 1: "A laptop containing NFL and Super Bowl XLV credential information was stolen earlier this week in Arlington…Several thumb drives and security credential artwork were also taken” (Fox News, 2011).

Incident 2: “Two more National Football League (NFL) employee’s laptops have been stolen at the Dallas Convention Center on Sunday. The stolen laptops belonged to a private investigator and a security consultant based in California…These laptops not only stored sensitive information but also not protected with encryption software" (Alertsec Xpress, 2011).

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