A prized energy source, or potent terror target?
In the hours after the Sept. 11 attacks, Richard Clarke, then America’s top counterterrorism official, rushed to get the US Coast Guard to close Boston Harbor. His main fear: Al Qaeda might attack a huge liquid natural gas tanker as it glided past downtown buildings. Mr. Clarke professes to know what few did: that Al Qaeda had used LNG tankers to smuggle agents into Boston from Algeria. He also knew that each ship held as much energy as a nuclear weapon. “Had one of the giant tankers blown up…, it would have wiped out downtown Boston,” Clarke said in his book “Against All Enemies.” Full Story