Thursday, October 06, 2005

Security Threat: NYC

Update (10/11) - Nevermind, this was all a HOAX.

Update: Nothing strange at the 7 - Grand Central. I saw 2 cops hitting on a young lady, everything normal. I took the picture on the left on my way home.

An FBI/CIA raid in Iraq uncovered evidence of a planned terrorist attack on the NYC Subway system. Scroll down to see how a hoax-like email I was sent on Tuesday fits into this.



Confederate Yankee is also live-blogging the terror alert.

7Online Reports


Sources say that the NYPD has stepped up patrols on the city subways over the last couple of days - especially Thursday after developing information that has been deemed credible.
One source says that it may be 85 percent credible. Apparently the target is the New York City subways system - this information was learned after a raid between an FBI/CIA team in Iraq.
They arrested a number of people and apparently during that raid they learned information that New York City subways were perhaps being targeted. Because police have not been able to discount that threat they are taking it seriously and have deployed additional resources.

ABC Reports a tip stated that 19 operatives were planning to place bombs on the subway.

Now, put on your tin hats...I got this email forwarded to me on Tuesday (10/4/05) from a coworker. I sent it on to Snopes and some other NYC Bloggers as a potential hoax. Look who's not laughing now.

I do not send out mass emails as games or jokes so PLEASE take this seriously. As some of you know my father works for HomelandSecurity, at a very high position and receives security briefings on a daily basis. I received a call from him Monday Oct 3, 2005 and it was a brief call and did not contain a lot of details. The only information that I can pass on is that everyone should at all costs not ride the subway for the next 2 weeks in the major areas of NYC, that means Grand Central, Times Square, Herald Square, Union Square areas. I know that seems crazy but do take his advice if at all possible. I am not at will or able to discuss anything more than that. I was not allowed to ask him any questions but he called with grave concern for the safety of myself and Heather. He said I could tell friends exactly what I have said above and that is it.
I am sorry that I cannot give any more details. He also said that he would inform me as soon as the threat at hand has passed and when we can go back to normal life.
Best wishes,
-------Name witheld-----
Scott at Slant Point thinks there might be something to this, if the email was not a hoax. Government insiders getting information like this days before we do.

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