Tuesday, October 11, 2005

RELAX NEW YORK, IT WAS JUST A HOAX

Hey Mayor Bloomberg, you can relax, it was a hoax. You can bet someone somewhere is laughing at you, though.

And now for the rest of the story from CNN:

Sources: N.Y. subway threat tip a hoax

From Kelli Arena
CNN Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Information that led to heightened security for the New York City transit system was a hoax, government sources said Tuesday.

The sources said an informant in Iraq who provided the tip had told investigators about a terrorist plot involving New York's subway system. After various investigations, the sources said, officials have determined the informant gave false information.

On Monday, law enforcement officials said they could not corroborate any of the informant's claims. That prompted the New York Police Department to scale back the increased security measures put in place on the city's subways last week.

Government sources said the three men arrested in Iraq with suspected links to the possible plot had been interviewed and underwent lie detector tests showing they knew nothing about such a plan.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned Thursday that the city had received information from the FBI about a "specific threat," prompting the heightened subway security.

The threat mentioned Friday and Sunday as possible days that an attack might occur, according to one official with knowledge of the investigation.

In addition, information alleging that someone involved in a possible New York plot had entered the United States has not been corroborated. "We still do not know if such a person even exists," an official said.

Law enforcement sources said the informant had provided some accurate information in the past and therefore his latest tip was given serious attention.

Friday came three months to the day after four bombers carried out attacks on three London, England, subways and a double-decker bus, killing 52 people and wounding 700. (Full story)

After Bloomberg's warning, some intelligence officials played down the New York information, saying it was not credible.

On Tuesday, Bloomberg said city officials couldn't wait until a threat materialized to act.

"We have to protect this city. We can't just sit around with your fingers crossed," Bloomberg said. "We have to make decisions and show leadership. And that is exactly what we have done. And if given the same situation we would do exactly the same thing."

5 comments:

Shelly said...

Who is running our intelligence, Austin Powers?
Yeah, Baby!

Grandpa Eddie said...

Shelly,
The FBI and Homeland Security had both told Bloomberg that they questioned the authenticity of the threat.

Both said that there wasn't any concrete proof that an attack was going to be made.

Helen Wheels said...

Bloomberg liked struttin' his stuff and siccing the cops on the subway riders. It made him feel like a BIG MAN.

WTF is wrong with these inflated suits?

I wonder what would have happened to anyone who refused to have his/her bag rifled through by NYC's finest?

Yep. We are a nanosecond away from martial law, if we're not there already.

Helen Wheels said...

Oh, hey, Grandpa, I am now listing you on my blog! Feel free to list me if you want to, but no pressure :)

Grandpa Eddie said...

"Bloomberg liked struttin' his stuff and siccing the cops on the subway riders. It made him feel like a BIG MAN."

Helen,
That inflated suit is up for re-election next year. He's gotta start lookin' like a superhero so his republicaness can get enough votes in a democrat city.

"We are a nanosecond away from martial law, if we're not there already."

Not martial yet, but it has turned into a police state.

Thanks for linkin' me. I linked you a couple of months back when I first found ya thru Karena's blog. Guess I forget to tell ya.