KELLY: No, we haven't seen an increase in threats, but our operating assumption is that we're always at risk. We're a city that obviously had two horrific attacks here: 1993, 2001. We have had 16 plots against the city since then. So we are on alert all the time. We'd see no -- there's no recourse, but to be on alert.
ZAKARIA: I notice that the most of the plots that you talked about, the 16 that you thwarted, these were against big, symbolic targets often. What happened here in Boston was an event. Is that a difference that is meaningful?
KELLY: Well, all terrorism is theater. This event was a major event certainly in the life of Boston. It was a holiday, it's the end of the marathon, it was timed to go off when probably the maximum number of people would be there crossing the finish line. So clearly it was meant to put on a show. So, it was very significant. We had plots here against the subway system, against the Brooklyn Bridge. I see this sort of in the same ballpark, if you will.
I haven't been able to find the entire clip of the interview but the official transcipt on CNN's website confirms Kelly's words that "all terrorism is theater". (Screenshot below.) If anyone finds the entire clip please e-mail it here and/or post it to youtube.
A partial 5:47 clip is available here or in the youtube below. Kelly replies that the "easy accessibility of guns and other instruments of destruction" is something that "absolutely" worries him:" "We have about 300 million guns that are abroad in our country. So, yes, it's -- it's a concern. If you look at the bombs that were used in Boston, very simple to make."
At 5:13 of this clip when Kelly refers to the "bombs that were used in Boston," it sounds as if he says "the bombs that WE used in Boston."