New York City Steps Up Security In Light Of ‘Specific, Credible But Unconfirmed’ Threat

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The morning after officials said there was a “specific, credible but unconfirmed” terror threat against New York City and Washington D.C. related to the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, New Yorkers were seeing a beefed-up response by the New York Police Department.

The threat involves non-specific car bomb attacks, possibly targeting bridges and tunnels here. The information came from an overseas source which Mayor Michael Bloomberg said had been credible in the past.

WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reports: Heightened Security At City Bridges, Tunnels

“The original intelligence suggests that maybe two or three operatives could already be in the U.S. So far, though, officials have not been able to confirm that part of the information,” reported CBS News correspondent Bob Orr. “The Department of Homeland Security, the FBI have put out a bulletin to local law enforcement putting them on increased notice for extra vigilance over the next several days, and security is being tightened both in Washington and in New York.”

WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane With A Normal Morning At Penn Station

“We take every single threat that is credible seriously,” Bloomberg said.

“I think it’s fair to say if we were in receipt of this information, regardless of whether we were two, three days or six months out from 9/11, that we would tackle it just as aggressively,” New York FBI Director Janice Fedarcyk said.

Bloomberg urged New Yorkers to “go about your business and just be vigilant.”  He said “the best thing we can do is refuse to be intimidated by it.”

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb With Mayor Bloomberg

Vice President Joe Biden said today the U.S. remains particularly concerned about “lone wolf” terrorists, similar to Faisal Shahzad, who attempted to blow up a car bomb in Times Square.

“It is a real threat,” Biden said. “People should be alert, they should not alter what they’re doing,” he added.

“We have significant security, local police and federal agencies working on this,” Biden said.

The security apparatus of the United States is attempting to nail down specific information about the unconfirmed plot, trying to identify suspects and determine if they are operational.

1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reports: Bloomberg Tells New Yorkers ‘Go Back To Work’

CBS News investigative producer Pat Milton said that federal officials were “tracking two distinct threat streams: A car bombing threat in New York City or Washington D.C., and a separate threat against bridges and tunnels in New York City.”

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond: Every Truck And Van That Enters Times Square Is Being Stopped And Searched

The threat emerges from Pakistan and Afghanistan, Milton said.

During the raid which left terror mastermind Osama bin Laden dead back in May, Navy SEALs recovered a treasure trove of intelligence, including a notebook. There, bin Laden mentioned a possible attack on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

1010 WINS’ Al Jones reports: Security Check Points Increased

“The NYPD is deploying additional resources around the city and taking other steps to keep our city safe,” Bloomberg said. “Some of which you will notice, some of which you won’t notice. But there is no reason for any of the rest of us to change anything in our daily routines.”

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said New Yorkers could expect to see an increased presence at area bridges, tunnels and government buildings. Landmarks and houses of worship will also get additional protection.

“The public is likely to see vehicle checkpoints throughout the city,” Kelly said.

More illegally parked cars will be towed as well, Kelly said. Commuters could expect to see more bag checks. Police will also be stepping up bomb sweeps.

WCBS 880’s Levon Putney With Reaction From Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy

“We’re going to see a huge increase in motor vehicle checks, bridge and tunnel slowdowns. And it’s going to have a major impact on the way traffic moves,” counterterrorism expert Bob Strang said.

At Penn Station, armed officers can be seen making their presence known.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall On Long Island’s Heightened Alert

White House officials said there were no plans to change President Obama’s travel schedule on Sunday in light of the threat. The president is scheduled to mark the 9/11 anniversary with stops at ground zero in Lower Manhattan, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa. He will also deliver remarks Sunday night at a memorial concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • Meme Meyagi

    there are 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa, what is being done about it?

  • Fbanks

    Something else the government want’s us to be scared of. I highly doubt any attack is going to happen at all. They might “catch” some patsy though and he probably will be African American or of middle eastern decent and MUSLIM. I don’t believe a word of what’s being said. If your scared then your fooled. We’re in a recession spending Trillions of dollars every year in a B.S war all because the say Al Qaida is out to get us.

  • MJ

    i guess UNCONFIRMED means that they haven’t yet had a terrorist tell them …. YES WE ARE GOING TO DO IT AT THE CORNER OF BROADWAY AND 42ND STREET AT 11 AM SEPT 11TH



    • p8nt

      Typical, moronic comment. Go back to watching a 4 hour left turn.

  • Wilson

    it’s funny I see cops,FBI and military personal patrolling all over the city. Then i walk into the market and see 15 firefighters shopping and playing hide the brisket. Good job fdny heroes

    • Phil M'Highnee

      Was that you or a duck? Cause if that was you, I’m finishing this ride with the duck! You big quacker!!!!

    • Schmellma Arss

      With all the law-enforcement agents out there, doughnut sales must be through the roof!!!

    • Here's a good one

      they have to eat you moron. They are responsible for fighting fires and saving lives in a medical sense, not patrol the city for possible terrorist threats. They’re the ones that go into the building while its on fire or in the midst of it blowing up and going and saving peoples lives.
      Why don’t you go put on a uniform and go risk your life instead of sitting at the computer typing nonsense Wilson.

      • NY's finest pig

        RIP to the dead victims. To the living proletariat,
        have a Happy September Fools Day!

  • p8nt

    Wonders if all other countires that has had terroristic threats against them, use a color system, or if their counter terrorist teams actually go out on public to say, yes we have a a Specific, Credible, but Unconfirmed threat. Really now?? All of this is just so politicians and NYPD commissioner can look good, and make us think they are actually doing their job instead of doing press conferences for photo-ops.

    Yes, we use colors because they are puurrrtttyyyy !!!

    • Michael H.

      The color coded HSAS (Homeland Security Advisory System) was phased out in April and has been replaced with a system that no longer uses color coding and provides more specific information to the public. The new system is called the NTAS (National Terrorism Advisory System). I’m not saying it’s any better. It’s still fear mongering, but the color coded system in definitely no longer in use.

  • Seymour Pokechops

    Beware the four great prophets of islam: Moehammad, Larryhammad, Curleyhammad, and Schemphammad.

    • MJ


  • avraham

    just a note from Israel to let you know we remember, along with you, those murdered on 9/11. There will be a memorial gathering in Jerusalem on 9/11. israel is the only country outside the US that built a memorial for all of the victims of the attacks. The name of each victim is inscribed.

  • snowdog

    Awesome, this explains it all. It’s all based on this notebook.

    1) It’s specific . . . 10th Anniversary of 9/11
    2) Credible . . . was Osama Bin Laden’s notebook
    3) Unconfirmed . . . who knows if it will actually happen now that he is dead.

    I love it when we get the answers so clear and easily. It’s like the teacher leaving his/her test answers on their desk and a student getting their hands on it. Hey Johnny, we are getting a math test next week but we have a substitute teacher that week. Do you think we should worry about having a test?

  • Kyoko

    I can’t wait for this media/political angst driven exercise to be over with. This “wailing wall” mentality that we’ve developed is dangerous in its own right. Seeing a cop or soldier on every street corner doesn’t make me feel any safer, just like I’m living in 1960 Moscow or 1939 Berlin. I admire the way Israel deals with terrorism, just go about normal life. If the terrorists blow up a bus the people are there the next day waiting for another bus. Just show them you can’t be intimidated.You can’t live your life under a bed.

    • Kildee Moolies

      That’s what you say.

      • Lina

        Sorry Kyoko doesn’t come up to your standards of Americanism. Don’t forget the raised arm salute when the new “Shutzstaffel” ask you for your identity papers some day.

    • Kyoka

      under a bed? u mean under the toilet right?

      • Lina

        @ Kyoka

        Sorry Kyoko doesn’t come up to your standards of Americanism. Don’t forget the raised arm salute when the new “Shutzstaffel” ask you for your identity papers some day.

    • avi

      you’re right. I live in israel and thats how we deal with terrorism. Go about your normal lives and report anything suspicious.

  • Surfin Bird

    Mayor Bloomberg tells you not to go to the theatre district during a snowstorm but says go about your business after a terror threat.

  • Casper

    All the news coverage for 9-11 is nice to see, but it’s too much. The poor souls who lost their lives that day will never come back.

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