In a press conference last night, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced plans for increased security around the 10th anniversary of 9/11 after being informed of a “specific and credible” threat by Homeland Security.
The threat involves the use of a car or truck bomb. Though it remains unconfirmed, some say the intelligence report of the threat indicates three individuals are already in the United States, having arrived from Afghanistan in the last several weeks. The New Jersey Record filled in additional details this morning, reporting the threat is believed to be aimed at bridges or tunnels.
New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly outlined the increased level of security, as reported in the New York Times:
“Officers will work 12-hour shifts, instead of 8-hour shifts. Vehicle checkpoints will be installed. The police will conduct bomb sweeps in parking garages and elsewhere. More police cars will be equipped with cameras that scan passing license plates. Convoys of police cars will swoop down at predetermined spots in shows of force. Increased numbers of illegally parked cars will be towed.”
There will also be increased scrutiny of subway passengers and their bags, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, according to the Record, “… has increased police presence and bag checks at John F. Kennedy, Newark-Liberty International and LaGuardia airports, the Port Authority Bus Terminal and PATH train stations.”
While officials are taking this threat very seriously, they also are urging calm and believe they will be able to thwart the threat if it exists, as they have in the past. All ceremonies related to the commemoration of 9/11 will continue as planned.
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