NYPD ON THE ALERT FOR QAEDA 'BOMB'
By PERRY CHIARAMONTE
Posted: August 11, 2007
In a show of force, the NYPD mobilized hundreds of anti-terrorism
cops last night after an Internet report of a "dirty bomb" threat
targeting the city surfaced, authorities said.
An Israeli-based Web site claimed al Qaeda communications accuse
the United States of failing to take seriously the video taped
message last Sunday of an American member of the terror group,
who vowed to attack the "spy dens" of U.S. and allied embassies
throughout the Islamic world, police said.
DEBKA file - which attempts to report on
the actions and chatter among al Qaeda cells - posted the story
yesterday on its Web site, claiming that New York would be attacked
in the coming days "by means of trucks loaded with radioactive
material against America's biggest city and financial nerve
The threats were allegedly found in an
exchange of messages over the terror group's internal Internet
Taking precautions against the threats, officers were mobilized
and check points set up throughout the city - at the Lincoln
and Holland tunnels and various locations in lower Manhattan,
including the Financial District - to conduct searches and monitor
"While the threat remains unverified, our
counter-terrorism posture has been modified to include increased
deployment of radiological sensors," said NYPD spokesman Paul
Browne stressed that the mobilizations
were not a result of verified threats, and were strictly a precautionary
The threats were made this week after a
videotape released last Sunday by the American al Qaeda spokesman,
Adam Gadahn, was not taken seriously enough by government officials.
In the tape, Gadahn - also known as "Azzam
the American" - made threats that U.S. embassies would be attacked.
"We shall continue to target you at home
and abroad, just as you target us at home and abroad," said
Gadahn on the tape, "and these spy dens, and military command
and control centers from which you plotted your aggression against
Afghanistan and Iraq shall continue to be legitimate targets."
Despite the threats, the terror level in
New York remained at orange for elevated risk.
"The threat level has not changed because
of this unverified threat, and we shouldn't let anyone terrorize
us by spreading fear," said Mayor Bloomberg.
"We've assessed that this threat is unsubstantiated.
There's no information that leads us to believe that there's
an imminent threat," added Homeland Security spokesman Russ
Knocke. "We recognize that the NYPD has responsibility to protect
their local communities and we are supporting them in their
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