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Thread: Fighting terrorism in New York
09-25-11, 10:53 PM #1
Fighting terrorism in New YorkNow, 10 years after 9/11, with an investment of billions of dollars, Kelly has created, what he believes, is the most powerful and technologically advanced counter-terrorism bureau that anyone has ever seen.
By air, land and sea - the nation's largest counter-terrorism squad is on the beat in America's largest city. One thousand officers - many of them armed like soldiers - are part of a presence that is meant to send a message: New York City is too tough a target. NYPD counter-terrorism is the creation of police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
09-26-11, 03:22 AM #2Hundreds of Muslim immigrant parents now have their kids playing for the NYPD. The trouble with counter-terrorism is that the cops have to bat a thousand every day - the terrorists only have to get through once. And it very nearly happened on Kelly's watch last year when a Pakistani terrorist parked a car bomb in Times Square.
This was the scene after a street vendor saw smoke coming out of the car and called a cop. The bomb squad discovered the bomb and defused it. Later, the FBI built a bomb just like it to see what would've happened.
Kelly: We've been lucky. But we've been good. And, certainly as the Times Square bombing is concerned we were lucky. And we'll take luck any time.
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