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FBI No-Show in NYC Terror Probe Raises Questions

Associated Press

May 15, 2011

NEW YORK – The glaring absence of federal authorities at this week’s announcement of the arrests of two men accused of plotting to attack a New York City synagogue is raising questions about the strength of the case against them and how severe the threat was.

The terrorism arrests were announced with fanfare in City Hall and a dramatic photo of a daylight takedown by the New York Police Department. Only one thing was missing: the FBI.

A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press the FBI backed away from the investigation because it concluded it wasn’t a legitimate terrorism case. The official wasn’t authorized to speak publicly about the case and spoke Friday on condition of anonymity.

NYPD spokesman Paul Browne says the doubts are unwarranted. He says the terrorism suspects had acquired weapons and planned to bomb a large Manhattan synagogue.

Federal authorities won’t comment.

  • Fidel_pd_uniform_shot_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Mayor Guilani once said that if the NYPD had the budget of the FBI they wouldn't be needed in NYC. Enough said.

  • John_groh_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Sounds like a pissing contest to me.

  • Cert_max600_max50


    about 3 years ago


    @ lkdavis71; If they planned to attack a mosque, they would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for hate crimes, and it would all over the news.

  • Clone_trooper_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Two men planning to attack a synagogue is not a legitimate terrorism case???

    If it was an attack on a mosque, would their opinion be different?

  • Joefriday_max50


    about 3 years ago


    I am sure it is a complete ballerina-prima donna fest between the NYPD brass and the FBI for publicity.

  • Pic-0246_max50


    about 3 years ago


    ahhhhh the wonderful FBI. nice to see we can always count on them

  • Steve_mcqueen_max50


    about 3 years ago


    They were "JOHNY ON THE SPOT" when it can to "FLIGHT 800" that went down just off Long Island , and they "JUST HAPPENED TO BE IN THE AREA" . Never did get a reasonable explanation of the "EYE WITNESS" accounts of the vapor and fire trails from the ground to the downed aircraft. They also use a different dictionary then ordinary humans. ("AS THE TANKS WERE INSERTING THE TEAR GAS VIA THE TANKS THAT WERE PLOWING DOWN THE WALLS AT WACO . THIS IS NOT AN ASSAULT COULD BE HEARD VIA THE LOUD SPEAKERS AS THEY DOSED THEIR WAY INTO THE BUILDINGS") . If that is not an assault what is?
    bruce272 , most of the screw ups like Ruby Ridge and Waco were due to "BAD LOGISTICAL PLANING BY THE A.T.F. and then cleaned up by the F.B.I. .. None of the Federal Agencies play well with the little Police Departments because they need the headlines for their ability to substantiate their existance of "DUPLICIDUS AGENCIES". The good news is that they all have the same boss MS. JANET NAPOLITANO :=)

  • Patch_max50


    about 3 years ago


    With all due respect, the FBI SUCKS.
    Ruby Ridge, and a multitude of other screw ups

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