NYPD Kicks into High Alert After bin Laden Death
The New York Post
May 02, 2011
Law enforcement in New York and around the country is on heightened alert today to prevent a retaliatory attack by al Qaeda or its sympathizers.
In the city, cops will pay special attention to subways, Wall Street, Times Square, the Empire State Building and other tourist attractions, as well as federal courthouses,
Intelligence units will monitor terrorist chatter for hints of potential attacks.
“Bin Laden’s supporters want to do something significant to prove they’re still in business, to follow what he started, to keep his memory alive,” a high-ranking official told The Post.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly insisted there is no specific threat to New York, but he sent out a directive ordering his 35,000 cops to keep their eyes peeled.
“The death of Osama bin Laden is a welcome milestone for the friends and families of those killed on 9/11, and for all who remain tenaciously engaged in protecting New York from another attack,” he said.
Elsewhere, American embassies around the world were also put on alert.
The State Department issued a travel warning instructing Americans to stay clear of Pakistan.
Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Queens), the top Democrat on the House Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Middle East, told The Post that al Qaeda will try to strike back.
“They are going to have to prove their bona fides and that they are still viable and they will do that in a violent way,” he said.
“They will act as boldly and belligerently as they can. They certainly have plans in place for some type of reaction.”
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, cautioned Americans not to “let our guard down.”
“While we have succeeded in taking out the head of al Qaeda, the effects of his death are yet unseen, and could span a broad range of possibilities,” Inhofe warned.
“We must not let our guard down in the global war on terrorism, and we must remain ever vigilant in protecting our nation and its people.”
House Speaker John Boehner said that the joy caused by bin Laden’s death is tempered by the reality that al Qaeda still poses a danger.
“We continue to face a complex and evolving terrorist threat, and it is important that we remain vigilant in our efforts to confront and defeat the terrorist enemy and protect the American people,” he said.
“I want to congratulate – and thank – the hardworking men and women of our armed forces and intelligence community for their tireless efforts and perseverance that led to this success,” he said.
“I also want to commend President Obama and his team, as well as President Bush, for all of their efforts to bring Osama bin Laden to justice.”