The attack on the U.S. consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi that killed an American diplomat in Libya might lead to subtle changes in security procedures in Kansas City, a former FBI agent says.
Though no security changes have taken affect yet at the Kansas City International Airport after the attacks and explosions killed U.S. ambassador, Chris Stevens, information manager Sean Smith and two other Americans who were not identified. Three other Americans were also wounded Wednesday at the American Consulate in Benghazi.
Retired FBI agent turned consultant, Michael Tabman, said any security changes will probably come to airports first. Whether anyone will notice a change is another matter.
It is still just speculation that the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate was a planned, orchestrated attempt at terror, but if that speculation becomes official one can count on some changes. Officials were investigating whether the rampage was a backlash to an anti-Islamic video with ties to Coptic Christians or a plot to coincide with the anniversary of 9/11.
"I think even with the specter of terrorism on American soil, which an embassy is, we will see changes, but they will probably be subtle changes," Tabman said.
Those changes might include more random checks at federal government buildings and airports which remain at the top of the list.
"The screeners perhaps will engage in more conversation with the passenger, that behavior pattern analysis," Tabman said.
Security could also ramp up in other places like symbolic monuments or places that hold lots of people. But the impact for Kansas Citians would be small, Tabman says, compared to places like New York, a city with a psyche still skittish from 11 years ago and at higher risk for practical reasons.
"There is just more activity, more facilities that are vulnerable," he said.
Tabman said some of the security changes would not necessarily be announced publicly because detailing a procedure makes it easier to skirt that procedure.
For now though, official at KCI said there have been no new directives given to their security staff.
Copyright 2012 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved. The Associated Press contribute to this report.
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