HOUSTON (FOX 26) - It is no secret. As a target for hostile attack, terrorist or otherwise, Houston, Texas is prime, with its port, its gargantuan petro-chemical complex and its expansive population.
"You have the targets that a terrorist would view as inviting because of the potential for mass disaster and disruption," said U.S. Senator John Cornyn.
Cornyn was at Transtar headquarters for an all-hands-on-deck security meeting with federal, state and local authorities all constantly assessing and responding to what's become an ever-present risk.
A necessarily critical topic, early and fail-safe preparation for Houston's hosting of the 2017 Super Bowl.
"Clearly, the security is different now than it was ten years ago. We've got different characters you know, different actors who might want to disrupt the Super Bowl, but law enforcement at every level is paying attention to that and we will be ready," said Ed Emmett, Harris County Judge who would lead the emergency response in greater Houston.
Among the biggest threats - homegrown terrorists, like those who killed 14 and wounded 22 in San Bernadino.
It's one reason Harris County has a team of observers absorbing the countermeasures deployed at Sunday's game in San Francisco.
Here at home, Senator Cornyn called on the largest Muslim population of any American state to help protect their community from attack by the radicalized.
"The Muslim community can be the front-line of identifying potential problems before they occur," said Cornyn who described the vast majority of Texas Muslims as "patriotic and peace loving" citizens.
Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman says his department is actively engaging the Muslim community so that if trouble is detected there is communication and trust.