Security In Big Apple, Washington D.C. Enhanced Over Last Few Weeks

Updated at 12:20 a.m., Sept. 9, 2011

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — U.S. Officials have confirmed the existence of “specific, credible but unconfirmed” terror threat information related to New York City and Washington D.C. ahead of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Officials from the Department of Homeland Security did not release any information about potential targets. CBS News reported that intelligence agencies across the government have picked up a threat stream from overseas — specifically from Pakistan.

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“It’s accurate that there is specific, credible but unconfirmed threat information,” Homeland Security Department spokesman Matt Chandler said in a statement.

Currently, there is a push by the FBI, CIA and others to refute or corroborate the information that officials have.


Thursday night, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and New York FBI Director Janice Fedarcyk held a news conference to address the threat.

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.”

When Navy Seals killed Osama bin Laden in May, they found a notebook where the leader mentioned a possible U.S. attack on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Investigators are eyeing a vehicle packed with explosives as a potential option, CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey reported.

Kelly said that over the next few days, police officials would increase the size of their patrol and counterterrorism operations.  The commissioner said New Yorkers could expect to see an increased presence at area bridges, tunnels and government buildings.

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

Governor Andrew Cuomo also weighed in Thursday and said there was no reason to panic.

“All New Yorkers should be cautious and aware as we prepare to commemorate the 9/11 anniversary,” Cuomo said.


A federal source told CBS News that FBI and intelligence authorities are currently tracking two distinct threat streams — one involving a car bombing threat in New York or Washington and a separate threat against bridges and tunnels in New York. It is unknown if there is a correlation between the two threats.

“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.

Long Island Rep. Peter King, who is the Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said there were very specific facts in this threat.

“I would tell people right now to go about their lives, there’s no need to panic. We don’t know if this threat is real yet. It’s being tracked down,” King said.

Fedarcyk said terror threat information is “sometimes credible” and at other times “lacks credibility.”  She also added that even if the information officials have came about six months ago, officials would still tackle it just as aggressively.

“We take all threat reporting seriously.  We have taken and will continue to take all steps necessary to mitigate any threats,” she said.


Many New Yorkers are not taking the latest terror threat lightly.

Sophia Achee told CBS 2’s Hazen Sanchez she was “a little scared,” adding “I hope it doesn’t happen.”

Walter Wells said he’s taking the mayor’s advice and isn’t worrying. He is a street vendor near where the failed Times Square car bomb incident of 2010 took place, but Wells said he feels the city is prepared.

“A lot of times the rapid response teams that we have here. They’re a joy to see, because I know they’re on their job,” Wells said.


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.

Comments (34)
  1. nan says:

    are there any freedom of speech in America???

  2. Karl Jung Freud MD says:

    My hours are 8am till 3pm ,i do give Rx for tranquilizers
    for CBS blog commentators that need Psychiatric help
    for their Paranoia and hostility.

  3. Land of the free, really says:

    In Hermann Göring’s own words:

    “The people can always be brought to the bidding of their leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way at any time and in any country. ”

    In an interview with Captain Gustave Gilbert in Göring’s jail cell during the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials (18 April 1946)

  4. michaelfury says:

    “Investigators are eyeing a vehicle packed with explosives”

    “a separate threat against bridges and tunnels in New York”

    Same as it ever was:

    “DEBORAH FEVERICK, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yes, I can. That is the information that I am getting from two sources, that there was a van either on the New Jersey Turnpike or the Garden State Parkway, and that it was near the George Washington Bridge.

    There were two or three men who were in the van that was pulled over. It is not clear why the van was pulled over, but when it was, law enforcers found tons of explosives inside of the van.”

  5. Richard says:

    Dante, you’re becoming a bore. Seems you’ve mastered the cut and paste ability. Post something worthy of reading or debating.

    1. DanTe says:

      I’m masterpasting as we speak.

  6. Eileen Tracey says:

    All religions are stupid.. What version do you believe in ? Why is an Islams belief anymore stupid then what everyone is led to buy as Gospel ?

    1. john says:

      forget what happened 1500 years ago by the church, this is 2011 and the stupidest of all religions believes in killing in the name of an invisable man – that is stupid. What good does it do in our world as compared to the other stupid religions – NOTHING. So please don;t defend ISLAM by comparing it to other religions of today

  7. LG says:

    All these phony alerts…no one will see the next big one coming.

  8. Alan says:

    Is that what you do for a living Richard, BEG? Bet you’re not even good at that you MORON. Look it up in the dictionary, if you know what that is. Why don’t you stop making a FOOL out of yourself, and crawl back under the rock where you came from.

  9. Richard says:

    I beg to differ. Your post speaks for itself…

  10. Surfin Bird says:

    at least now the police will not be hanging out at Dunkin Donuts

    1. Nitwit says:

      Wow pretty original, did you think of that one by yourself or did your momma help you.

      1. Surfin Bird says:

        I know you are, but what am I?

      2. Black Bears, and Foxy Foxes says:

        No the Lone Wolf, and a hungry black bear cajoled him into saying it IDIOT

      3. Dire Wolf FullMoon and Doughnuts says:

        No the Lone Wolf Howlin at the Full Moon, a foxy Fox, and a Hungry ack Bear caajoled him into lureing them away from the Dunkin Doughnuts so they could rustle through the garbage, to get the strength to commit terorr acts IDIOT

  11. Alan says:

    Hey, MORE BULL aren’t you way over due for that LOBOTOMY. Please schedule one soon, so the rest of us won’t have to read MORE BULL****!!!!!!

  12. MORE BULL says:

    That means they know what is going on, I don’t think so, Just another way to roust the Americans out of the truth, surrender your freedom for “security”, It is high time to reduce the oversized government that is ringing in a socialist fascism.

    Rest assured, if something does occur, the government will probably be the force behind it, after all, they are the only ones that have the ways and means to carry it out, and they will be the only ones (and their rich globalist Moussad Zionist buddies) to benefit from more duress and may lay

    Wake up America.

    Ron Paul 2012

      1. Tom is the Idiot says:

        Tom idiots like YOU that go along with this Bull are the Real Danger to America IDIOT

  13. rich says:


  14. Flinty76 says:

    I will not be worried about a bunch of dung fleas trying to scare us. What would be scary would be to be one of them where they live. God bless America and let us continue on. Being a terrorist is not a long term career move from what I have seen happen to them.

  15. injun93 says:


  16. Madalyn says:

    This press conference had no information for the people, only tolet them know that the speific threat could not be specified.

    Many other threats were thwarted, it’s true- but none of them were announced beforehand.

    This was irresponsible.

    We should have been told something USEFUL and SPECIFIC.

    1. J says:

      You were, a car bomb or bridge and tunnel situation. I should add, irresponsible would be not to say anything.

  17. Rb says:

    You ppl all need a life

  18. Eileen Tracey says:

    I’d like to know who is keeping an eye on the , FBI, CIA ? I’d love to be a fly on the wall to listen to these clowns concoct their propaganda..

    1. IMF World Bank says:

      he local World Banksters who profit from all this terror and freedom restriction, after all, its good for their bottom line ohy vey

  19. farty says:

    For Bloomberg, the terror threat must be a blizzard.

  20. susan T says:

    Can you be a little more specific? I guess its not for all of us peons to know until it happens. Or at least till all the big wigs are safe in the cayman islands or somewhere huh?

  21. tom raff says:

    they should have been nuked on sept 12th 2001

  22. PEACE TO EVERONE says:



    1. A li'l more to the left... says:

      My balls itch, you can believe that.

  23. David says:

    “Too specific to ignore”?
    Considering the billions in tax money munched by DHS, there better not be any threats ignored…

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