February mall incident “POSSIBLE ACT OF TERRORISM”

Malls are considered “prime targets for terrorists.”

28 June 2007: Reports this week that the FBI is investigating the incident at the NorthTown Mall in Spokane, Washington as “possible incident of domestic terrorism” should not surprise readers to this site.

On February 13, 2007, the Northeast Intelligence Network was the first to report that an incident at the NorthTown Mall in Spokane, Washington that sent 37 people to area hospitals and caused the evacuation of the mall was due to an intentional disbursal of a chemical substance through the heating and ventilation system (HVAC). Those who were treated complained of problems breathing, coughing, burning and watery eyes and noses, and scratchy throats - symptoms consistent with exposure to “chemical fumes.”

At that time, our sources provided us with information that this was a deliberate act at the region’s largest shopping mall, and this incident was a test-run to determine a variety of factors. Those factors included testing the efficiency of using ventilation systems for the disbursal of more harmful chemical or biological agents inside malls, as well as to assess the response of emergency first responders.

Related: 8 December 2006: The expected “spin” on Illinois mall plot

Related: 13 October 2006: Malls at risk of domestic terrorism