NYC – Thanksgiving Terror Threat
Updates 1:00pm Thanksgiving Day
Updated 10:30am Thanksgiving Day
Updated 8:30pm Wednesday Evening
For those who may have forgotten we are in the midst of a war and that New York has sustained the single largest number of casualties in that war so far…
Federal authorities are warning law enforcement personnel of a possible terror plot against the New York City subway and train systems during the holiday season, and police are beefing up security in preparation.
An internal memo obtained by The Associated Press says the FBI has received a “plausible but unsubstantiated” report that al-Qaida terrorists in late September may have discussed attacking the subway system.
A person briefed on the matter, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the intelligence-gathering work, said the threat may also be directed at the passenger rail lines running through New York, such as Amtrak and the Long Island Railroad, which are particularly busy with Thanksgiving holiday travelers.
A U.S. counterterror official, also speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to do so publicly, said senior government officials have been briefed because the FBI very recently received credible information about possible attacks over the holiday season, and authorities are particularly concerned about this long holiday weekend.
If you are traveling in the City this holiday season keep your eyes wide open. If you see something say something. No Joke.
ABC TV has an exclusive report with additional details:
A terror suspect arrested in Pakistan by the FBI in recent days provided authorities with details of a bomb plot against the Long Island Rail Road and other information that led to series of high level intelligence and law enforcement conference calls over the past 24 hour and the issuing of a bulletin warning of an unspecified holiday attack on the New York City region’s commuter rail system, ABC News has learned.
The suspect – according to some reports the arrest took place in Pakistan – recently met with Al Qaeda leaders and was able to provide authorities with significant detail as to how the plotters would have carried out an attack if their plans had gotten beyond the so-called “aspirational” stage…
The suspect is believed to have in the past resided in Suffolk County, Long Island.
Update 10:30am Thanksgiving Day
No incidents reported this morning. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade proceeding as scheduled. Hopefully this attack did not proceed beyond the ‘aspirational’ level quoted in some news articles. Police remain on high alert. Given the attacks in Mumbai, India, yesterday, that is a reasonable precaution. One that every New Yorker should follow.
Update 1:00pm Thanksgiving Day
The Thanksgiving Day Parade has ended, this was the highest visibility event of the weekend. No reports of any incidents. Although it is conceivable an attack could take place later in the weekend, it is looking more likely that we can rest a little easier. Happy Thanksgiving and don’t forget to be thankful for our fighting men and women around the world who help keep us safe to enjoy our freedom and traditions.