30 NYPD, 2 FDNY Assigned To Ahmadinejad Security

He May Be Most Hated Man In NYC, But He's Also Safest

NEW YORK (CBS 2/WCBS 880) — One of the world’s most despised leaders was quite possibly the safest man in New York City on Monday night.

The city is going to great lengths to protect Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, reports CBS 2’s Rob Morrison.

The fact that this much security is out in plain sight pales in comparison to the hidden measures police and secret service have taken to protect one of the world’s most notorious men.

“They learn the hotel from top to bottom,” said David Boehm of Security USA Inc.

Metal detectors and federal agents armed with anti-terror weapons greet even the most casual hotel visitor.

Heavy sanitation trucks block 42nd Street at Second Avenue, with one police cruiser inching back and forth like a castle gate controlling the one way in and out.

One mother tried to explain why to her daughter who is still too young to understand the complicated world in which we live.

“Then these concrete blocks will stop the truck with explosives … It’s difficult to explain to a child, very difficult,” East Side resident Galina Mironoff said.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reports on how the NYPD plans to keep the international dignitaries safe

Boehm, a security expert who spent 20 years with the NYPD, said he knows all about assignments like this. 

He said it’s likely Ahmadinejad is being kept on a low floor to facilitate escape and that all of his windows have been replaced with bullet proof glass.

City officials told Morrison that about 30 officers and two firefighters are assigned exclusively to the Iranian president 24 hours a day.

Boehm said that can come at a cost to outlying communities and precincts.

“When you have to take 30-plus officers for one person it really strains manpower. You feel it all over the city. You do you feel it all over the city,” Broehm said.

Many locals aren’t thrilled with the changes associated with their temporary neighbor.

“It’s usually pretty bad and there’s problems with cell phones and the Internet,” resident Deborah Cannon said.

And for those who are outraged by the Iranian leader’s politics — and resent the expense associated with protecting him — Boehm has words of caution.

“If he doesn’t get out safely and there’s an incident or problem and he gets hurt it makes us look bad,” Boehm said.

Boehm also said for the men and women tasked with protecting the controversial leader, it’s not about his politics that can spur rallies like this, it’s about doing their job.

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  1. Patrick says:

    I’d like to know what an “anti-terror weapon” is and why it is named that.

  2. Jim says:

    the support given to Israel by its Western allies, no measure has so far been adopted about Nuclear programs in this regard. why Israel don’t join to the Treaty and placing its nuclear facilities under comprehensive IAEA safeguards?

    propaganda on upkeep of Israel?

  3. SockRayBlue says:

    Ask him to dedicate the new gay Islamic mosque around the corner from ground zero.

  4. Angry American tired of islamic hypocrisy says:

    I hope NY city sends this POS a secuirty bill like the Gainesville, FL officals are sending the pastor that threaten to burn paper that contained the most sacred words known to man.

  5. Fredie says:

    This is an outrage that tax dollars are going to protecting him! HE should have his own security force..NOT expect the USA the place he HATES and the people he’d like to kill..PROTECTING HIM!

  6. jbw says:

    This is journalism?? To wit: “One of the world’s most despised leaders” Opinion, yes. Editorializing, yes. Propaganda, probably. But it’s NOT ‘journalism’. WHO SAYS this is “One of the world’s most despised leaders “???? Abe Foxman? AIPAC?? WHO decides he is so despised? People are just rock hard in their shorts for a war with Iran. PATHETIC.

  7. barney frank says:

    The Qoran is great for soaking up bacan greasse, you just tear out a few pages and soak it.

  8. Jiminredstate says:

    Just another valid reason to move the UN to a more secure area, out of the US! Geneva would be fine. NYC has sufferred enough, get rid of this collection of dictators and America haters.

  9. Robert Linderman says:

    We need a good prostitute to “take one for the team!” Put the act on television so we can have four witnesses and send him back home to face the consequences. His will be one stoning that few in the US will protest!

  10. rob white says:

    Every day this guy is not killed, the less respect I have for Obama.

  11. Kathleen says:

    Or better yet, put him in Attica in the general population for a week. See how he likes to be imprisoned for no reason

  12. nightowl says:

    Take a page from Hizbollah and Hamas, where’s an RPG when you need one?

  13. Kathleen says:

    Hold him hostage and trade him for the two American hikers.

  14. Redford says:

    This guy could have his own cologne. Eau de Sleeze. He reeks of it everywhere he goes. But protect him well when he’s here. Better by far the Iranian people bring him down.

  15. Ahmed says:

    Take Ahamdininutjob to the pig pen and the monkey house at the zoo so he can visit his parents, the apes and pigs

    1. sam says:

      the problem is, he is not eating pigs !!!!

  16. willy says:

    Don’t forget all the money NYC is spending on bananas and platform shoes for this midget ape.

    1. sam says:

      are u dead sure the money is from NYC

  17. Bryan says:

    I agree with some of the other posters as to why we are protecting this guy. Also, why in all this world do we even let him come in our country? He comes to the UN and they speaks against the US. Let’s kick the UN out of the US, then there would be no reason for this nut to come to the US.

    1. sam says:

      i agree 100%

  18. Lisa from Midwood Brooklyn says:

    He’s kind of cute looking….is he single?

  19. Jim says:

    The koran supposedly teaches tolerance. I say to all the Mid East….”LOOK AT NEW YORK AND ITS PEOPLE. THE MOST HATED MAN IN THE WORLD ENTERED THE STATE AND LEFT WITH HIS LIFE IN TACT. NOW PREACH TOLERANCE TO ME.” Put up or shut up. respect is earned NOT demanded. New Yorkers have EARNED the worlds respect.

    1. sam says:

      might as well relocate UN office to Asian countries or middle east.

  20. David says:

    If you live your life in an aluminum dwelling, drinking your liquids from aluminum cans, you get “aluminum poisoning”. Get yourself tested.

    1. David says:

      That was for you, Reinhard. Put down your Natty Light, get out of the trailer, and quit blaming your problems on dreamed up “conspiracies”.

  21. DanTe says:

    America should stop being the world’s big brother. Who are we to say what the Iranians can or cannot have? They want nukes, give them nukes. Rain nukes down upon their bony little heads until they got some sense knocked into them.

    It’s a Win-Win situation. The Iranians get what they crave most – nukes. And the World gets rid of an annoying little pest. Win-Win!

    And we can still drill oil through the glassed sands.

  22. RUFUS LEVIN says:

    wHERE IS SIRHAN SIRHAN WHEN YOU NEED HIM. OR A UNIBOMBER LOOKALIKE. OR A CHRISTIAN LOCKERBY TERRORIST.

  23. sflcat says:

    Why do we keep allowing this low rent into the country?

  24. CK says:

    Ahh – finally it accepted a comment.
    Strange.
    Which words in my previous posts were unacceptable – maybe the entire phrase ‘brute sexist pig’?

  25. Imadinnerjacket says:

    You don’t have to explain all of this to a small child, think for a minute, tell them its adult stuff and move on, amazing how clueless some people can be.

    1. you're the clueless one says:

      …says the child psychology expert who has never had a kid

      1. Matty B says:

        Thank you! Obviously has no kids otherwise he/she would know that kind of answer would only prompt more questions!

  26. Joe FedUp says:

    Let allah save this hostage taking lowlife pos…

  27. waikoah says:

    Where is Jack Bauer when you need him?

  28. Patrick says:

    Why protect him? Is he not protected by Allah?

    1. Chuck says:

      Why not make CNN and LArry Knig pay the tab? They invited him to New York.

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