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NYC Heightens Security On Info – From Debka?

From those enablers of terror at Reuters:

New York Police Department officer Robert Hall signals for a truck to stop and be inspected at the exit from the Lincoln Tunnel following a ‘dirty bomb’ threat in New York August 10, 2007.

NY hikes security on dirty bomb Internet chatter

By Mark Egan and Christine Kearney Sat Aug 11

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York police stepped up security throughout Manhattan and at bridges and tunnels on Friday in response to an Internet report — which authorities said they could not verify — that al Qaeda might be plotting to detonate a dirty bomb in the city.

New York City police said in a statement the threat against the city was an “unverified radiological threat,” stressed the increased security was precautionary and said the city’s alert status for an attack was unchanged at “orange.” …

One law enforcement source told Reuters that authorities were responding to Internet chatter reported on Israeli Web site www.debka.com, but that the information reported there could not be verified.

That site reported that there has been a rush of electronic chatter on al Qaeda sites, one saying there would be an attack “by means of trucks loaded with radio-active material against America’s biggest city and financial nerve center.”

Another al Qaeda message mentioned New York, Los Angeles and Miami as targets, the Jerusalem-based DEBKAfile Internet news site reported.

The New York Police Department said in a statement it had increased the deployment of radiological sensors on vehicles, boats and helicopters, and had set up vehicle checkpoints in lower Manhattan’s financial district and at bridges and tunnels.

Police confirmed the increased security was in response to receiving information that a dirty bomb may go off on Friday evening around 34th street in Manhattan — a neighborhood with the Empire State Building, New York City’s tallest building, Madison Square Garden and Macy’s department store.

A spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security in Washington said the threat to New York was “unsubstantiated” and there was “no credible information telling us there is an imminent threat to the homeland at this time.” …

I was beginning to worry, until they mentioned Debka.

Now I’m more worried money is being wasted based on reports from such a harebrained outfit.

Surely New York’s version of Homeland Security has more reliable intelligence sources than Debka.

Even after the recent demise of the Weekly World News.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, August 11th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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