NYC Counterterrorism Officials On ‘Alert’ At Christmas

NEW YORK (CBS 2 / WCBS 880) — In a city recognized as a prime target for terrorism, some are fearful the Christmas holiday will be anything but peaceful in New York City, and authorities are on high alert for possible terrorist activity.

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell with travelers at LaGuardia Airport

But as CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman reports, officials are stressing that there is no intelligence about an active terror plot.

Still, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly acknowledges that the city is at the top of al-Qaeda’s “to-do” list, and that becomes doubled during the Christmas season.

But, he said, this is the new normal – and that there is nothing in the intelligence gathering that suggests any form of terrorist activity is definitely going to happen.

“We’re certainly vigilant, we’re on alert,” Kelly said. “We have no specific information about threats to New York City.”

Sources in the FBI agree with Commissioner Kelly. As far as they know, nothing specific is aimed at New York. This has become an important time of year for counter-terrorism officials, especially since the so-called “underwear bomber” tried to blow up a plane heading for Detroit around this time in 2009.

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly

Richard Sheirer, formerly of the city’s Office of Emergency Management, admits that Christmas is a prime time for terrorism efforts.

“It’s that time of the season,” he said. “If you look back historically at what’s happened since 9/11, this is a very active time,” he said.

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Officials are on high alert at transit hubs around the city. They are looking closely at containers and bottles carried by airline passengers, as well as cargo containers – especially after the recent UPS/air cargo scare in New York City.

Privately, the NYPD is particularly concerned about subways and railroads. But publicly, this is what you will hear:

“There’s no indication of a specific threat to this city at this time.”

Commissioner Kelly will tell you if you see something that doesn’t appear quite right, tell an officer.

  • aldous huxley

    Heinrich Himmler was proud of his stormtroopers too. I think Ray & Heinrich would have gotten along famously!

  • famousray

    Commissioner Kelly will tell you if you see something that doesn’t appear quite right, tell an officer.

    Hey Ray you mean tell a “hotdog vendor” right. You know like the one who saved Times Square after the terrorist made a fool of you and your ‘RING OF STEEL”.

  • pat

    So this whole article is another Ray Kelly vanity and ego re-enforcement. He has no information other than telling the media that he is doing a great job. Is this guy this out of touch or what. ray you are starting to look and sound like the old boxer who has taken one to many hits to the head. Why don’t you retire and enjoy life your starting to embarrass yourself.

  • fedup

    Hey Ray, you cannot measure your success by the failures of the terrorists. Or have you forgotten the Times Square attempted car bombing? You know the one where the terrorist drove a car bomb right to the middle of Times Square left the enging running and took off to the airport. With all your Smoke and Mirrors and patting yourself on the back it was a hotdog vendor who prevented a major disaster.

  • DanTe

    Just cure the disease already, and we won’t have to spend so much money of preventing it: Eradicate the Disease called Islam.

    FACT: Everywhere where there are mu-Slimes, sh-!t happens.

    China — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill little children and run amok with metal pipes in the streets)

    India — sh-!t happens
    (mu-slimes burned 100s of hindus alive in packed trains and burned villagers alive while they slept)

    Middle East — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill little children)

    Russia — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill women and children in crowded theaters)

    South East Asia — sh-!t happens
    (mu-slime thugs who kidnap teachers, school children, nurses, priests for ransom, than murder them all)

    Europe — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill little children)

    USA — 9/11 happened

    Goes to reason, no mu-slimes, no sh-!t.
    All these camel turds understand is violence and lies anyway. I say we oblige them by killing them all and than lie about how sorry we are.

    Islam. It’s a disease. And like any other infestations of boils, pox and pestilence, it should be eradicated. You don’t talk to diseases. You eradicate them like you did polio and small pox.

    And some bleeding heart imbecile here will post that it’s just a few “radical” individuals that are murderous, just like any other society. But than conveniently forgetting about the Fact that it happens worldwide and by a LOT MORE than just a few individuals. And they also continues to blank out of their empty heads the worldwide mu-slime jubilee celebrations as people burned on 9/11.

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