NYPD Commish Kelly: Potential Attack Using Crop Dusting Planes ‘On Our Radar Screen’

Online Report: Feds Said To Have Shoulder-Fired Stinger Missiles In NYC

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There’s stunning new information about why the NYPD has the weapons and the training to shoot airplanes out of the sky. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly spoke out Wednesday about the city’s efforts to fight terror.

Al Qaeda and the so-called 20th hijacker, Zacarias Moussaoui, caused the city to buy big guns –.50-caliber rifles capable of shooting a plane out of the sky. It’s part of the NYPD’s plan to protect New York City from a bio-terrorist attack.

“We didn’t want to be totally defenseless in a situation where two o’clock in the morning you have a crop duster airplane that’s flying over New York City distributing anthrax,” Kelly told CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

Kelly said that right after the 9/11 attacks. When Moussaoui was arrested, investigators found documents in his possession indicating Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda were contemplating using crop dusting planes to wage an attack here — not only with anthrax but other toxins.

“We have since then had that on our radar screen,” Kelly said. “We have trained our, our crews, our flight crews to use a .50-calibre weapon. They go to Fort Dix, New Jersey, where they actually train to fire those weapons from aircraft.”

But the NYPD doesn’t need to be in the air to fire the heavy projectiles — accurate from up to two miles from a target.

“You can fire these weapons certainly from the ground, from the boat, from a helicopter, but we do … and we practice firing these weapons from all of those areas,” Kelly said.

The police commissioner tried to tread carefully, not wanting to disclose sensitive terror-fighting plans. The following was his response when asked if the guns can take out a jetliner.

“Look, I don’t want to get into that level of specificity, obviously. It’s very powerful weapon and as I say it would only be used in extreme circumstances,” Kelly said.

The commissioner said that any decision to have the NYPD take to the skies to shoot down a plane will be made in conjunction with the mayor and federal officials.

The FBI said that in the event of another attack, the Department of Defense has other assets at its disposal. They include fighter jets that, if need be, can vaporize a plane in the air.

It turns out the NYPD may have to duke it out with the feds over who has more firepower.

An online report says that federal officials have shoulder-launched Stinger missiles in the city. The missiles are capable of flying 11,000 feet in the air at speeds of more than 400 mph and can bring down a hijacked jet.

1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly

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  1. steve says:

    i dont think there are any libs behind the decision to use 50 cals.

  2. I no cops says:

    There’s “stunning new information” meant to divert attention away from the NYPDs violation of civil rights, brutality and anti-american behavior so boldly on display for the whole world to see this past weekend. Sorry Ray, but your fear tactics don’t work. Besides, if you can’t trust a cop to tell the truth (how many indicted in the ticket scandal) how can you trust them with heavy arms.

  3. Independent102 says:

    The country needs to stop all of this silly playground games of fighting back and forth on the premise of politican affliliation. Very few politicians make decisions or vote on issues for the simple fact that it is good for our country. Political parties will forever get in the way arguing and fighting like children because rather than focusing on improving our country and doing what we need to do to fix the problems, they bicker. Political parties should be considered a distraction and should not be part of our government. It reminds me of children aruging about who started what first while enemies sneak up behind them and they haven’t a clue. We need a radical overhaul to fix this country, but unfortunately, no one today sticks together and even if they did, their ideals and inability to comprehend rationally would be detrimental..

  4. George Scott says:

    THEY SHOULD DIP THE 50 CALIBER ROUNDS IN PIG FAT AND PIG BLOOD BEFORE SHOOTING ANY MUSLIM TERRORIST THEREBY PREVENTING HIM ENTRANCE INTO MECCA — BUT ADVERTISE WHAT IS IN STORE FOR THESE TERRORISTS BEFORE IT IS DONE.
    ACCORDING TO AN ARTICLE ABOUT GENERAL PERSHING, THIS METHOD OF FIGHTING CAUSED A 50 YEAR LAPSE OF MUSLIM TERRORIST ATTACKS…

  5. JME says:

    WHY MUST WE LET THE WORLD KNOW WHAT WE HAVE – THERE ARE TERRORISTS LIVING AMONG US IN NYC – SO NOW THEY KNOW EXACTLY WHAT WE HAVE. HOW STUPID ARE WE – REALLY

  6. bullett says:

    Are these the same stinger missiles that went missing in Libya ?

  7. DanTe says:

    Stupid libs in NYC. .50 caliber rifles from a wobbly helicopter will not down fast flying jets. It WILL go through the windows of the buildings behind the target though. Leave it to the stupid libs to do more harm than good at any given point.

    1. Danny says:

      You are a clear example of how both sides have stupid people. I bet you blame the Mexicans for taking your job too. Instead of blaming the Reps friends in corporate America for out sourcing it.
      And. I don’t know if you saw my comment yesterday. I’m a liberal. I know that firing from a moving spot will not result in an accurate shot. That only works in the movies.

      1. Nick says:

        So how is he stupid for just pointing out the facts?

        And what’s with Mexicans? Where did that come from? You got a hard on for them?

        1. Danny says:

          Because he thinks all libs are stupid. I’m just stooping down to his level.
          Every American wants to blame someone. Many blame the Mexicans for not having a job. When they need to call out others for sending good jobs overseas. I only get a hard on for hot women.
          Any other questions? What about a comment?

          1. Nick says:

            Because he thinks all libs are stupid.

            Like I said, how is he being stupid for pointing out the facts?

            1. Danny says:

              I don’t think your stupid for being a Rep. I think your stupid for trying to start a fight with a fellow American based on their political affiliation. That is one of the reasons this country is on a path to failure. It happens on both sides. No one side is 100% right all of the time. Both sides have done great things and terrible things to this nation.

        2. Michael H. says:

          Except he is not pointing out facts. He’s pointing out the exact opposite of facts.

          1. DanTe says:

            Thank you for your support Michael H. As your prior posts obviously points out to the facts I’ve listed.

    2. Gop Derp says:

      your comment shows a total lack of clue when it comes to the NYPD or Kelly

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