Not exactly touch football. “Chicago: Front line in war on terror,” by Annie Sweeney and Hal Dardick for the Chicago Tribune, November 11 (thanks to Esther):
On a summer day last year, David Coleman Headley, like many fathers, took his children to a Chicago park.
There, Headley ran his children through military drills, including maneuvers such as rolling into a shooting position.
The observations — by an officer who had received counterterrorism training — became part of the case that was built against Headley, who four months later was charged in the 2008 terrorist attacks on Mumbai and with planning attacks in Denmark, according to law enforcement officials.
Authorities say the case highlights the dramatic shift in local policing over the past decade. Chicago police are no longer just tracking drug and gang organizations but also terrorists bent on launching attacks here or abroad.
New investigative teams have been created to generate tips about potential threats and also investigate them. Chicago has an officer permanently assigned to Washington for counterterrorism, and thousands of others are trained to spot terrorists, getting briefings on organizations like Lashkar-e-Taiba….