NEW YORK CITY—The low-key opening earlier this week of One World Trade Center represented a long-delayed triumph over the terrorism which brought down the two towers that once stood where the newly opened skyscraper now does. However, the world has not remained the same since 9/11, and accordingly the nature of terrorism has changed, a BOMA New York audience learned Thursday morning.

“Theatricality and spectacle” is no longer a prerequisite of successful acts of terrorism as far as Al-Qaeda is concerned, keynote speaker John Gordon of the New York City Police Department Counterterrorism Bureau’s Terrorism Threat Analysis Group told the BOMA audience. Making a large-scale impression is still preferred, but “low-tech tactics” represent an emerging threat both globally and domestically, said Gordon.

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