Quotations of the day

.”I can absolutely promise you that when these kinds of things happen, we’re going to have copycats. We expect them. We prepare for them. And we catch them.” — Murray Cohen, founder of the Atlanta-based Frontline Foundation, on a recent uptick of copycat attacks in which ricin was mailed to President Barack Obama and other public figures.

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“They’re not originally made for fighting against this kind of threat. They’re intended to fight against cells, against groups, against organizations, but not against individuals. It’s a question of adapting. That’s why there are the same errors in Boston, London and France. There was identification — but not detention — before the suspects passed into the realm of action.” — Mathieu Guidere, an adviser on a report that called for an overhaul of France’s intelligence networks to combat the rising threat of militants working alone outside established terror networks.

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“We’re scrambling around. There is very low visibility with the heavy rain … so we’re having trouble getting around. The damage is very, very widespread.” — Lara O’Leary, a spokeswoman for an Oklahoma City area ambulance agency, after tornadoes hit the area.

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