Super Bowl Security Ready for Anything

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With speed and precision, an airborne SWAT team closes in on twin targets: a suspicious airplane and car. Working side by side federal agents and Miami-Dade police finish the take down.

Days before the Super Bowl, training exercises have taken on added urgency as security forces prepare for a possible attack.

As CBS News national security correspondent Bob Orr reports, across South Florida Coast Guard fast boats patrol the waterfront, while Homeland Security choppers and military fighters scan some 50 miles of coastline. On game day, they'll enforce a 30-mile "no-fly" bubble around Sun Life stadium.

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Most of the security will be found on the ground: 64 different agencies, more than 1000 officers, and a whole range of hardware from armored vehicles, to bomb dogs and radiation sniffers.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says there is no credible threat against the Super Bowl. But, it's an obvious target and the recent attempted bombing of Northwest Flight 253 is a warning that al Qaeda is intent on hitting the U.S.

"It really awakened people to the fact that al Qaeda is a really persistent threat," Napolitano said. "There are individuals actually within the United States who adhere to those beliefs to the point of violence."

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Officials are most worried about explosives. So, dozens of canine teams will sweep the stadium with ATF bomb techs and robots on high alert.

And the greatest threat is posed by the so-called lone wolf - an individual carrying a small, concealed bomb.

"It is the hardest one to defend against," said John Gillies, FBI Special Agent in Charge. "By its true nature, a lone wolf is operating by themselves, in their basement doing what they want to do and trying to come to the event."

Gillies runs the security operation from a command center - where more than 100 agents are reviewing intelligence, tracking leads and using high-tech tools like a magic cyber wall.

The virtual data base contains 360 degree images of bridges, waterways, and major roads - plus pictures of building interiors - critical information if police need to launch a rescue operation or mass evacuation.

Gary Warren from Homeland Security said having knowledge of the stairwells, doors and windows, "gives them a tactical advantage."

No one is expecting trouble, but officials say heading into Sunday they're confident they're ready for anything.