Top officials in the Police Department did themselves no favors last week as they were caught in a lie about Commissioner Ray Kelly’s appearance in a controversial film about militant Islam. Police officials initially denied that the commissioner was interviewed specifically for the film, called The Third Jihad, but they had to retract that claim almost immediately. The department’s claim was so easily proven false that you have to wonder how these kinds of decisions are made at 1 Police Plaza.
The commissioner’s appearance in the film, it seems to us, should have been a nonissue. Public figures are interviewed for stories—whether on film or in print—all the time. They are not responsible for the content of a story or a film. Makers of The Third Jihad have been accused of fomenting hatred against the city’s Muslim community, but Mr. Kelly certainly did not and does not endorse that view. (For the record, the filmmakers deny that they tarred all Muslims with the same brush. The film’s narrator is a devout Muslim.)
More problematic was the department’s decision to screen the film and its controversial assertions to more than 1,000 police officers.
Only a fool would believe that terrorists have given up on the idea of using civilian aircraft as weapons of mass destruction. Luckily, those in charge of the nation’s security are no fools—they are well aware of the threat, and have taken measures since 9/11 to prevent another catastrophic hijacking.
That said, the zeal of the Transportation Security Administration’s front-line troops often is misguided and downright stupid.
Earlier this evening, a press conference was scheduled by the Office of the Mayor to announce the arrest of a man yesterday afternoon, an “Al Qaeda sympathizer” of Washington Heights, is facing terrorism-related charges. Jose Pimentel, the 27 year-old man currently under arrest, was building a bomb to detonate in NYPD police cars. Originally from the Dominican Republic, Mr. Pimentel claimed that he wanted to “bring Jihad” to New York City.
Anyone who’s ever logged in to a social network while in a jubilant, possibly intoxicated frame of mind knows the dangers. Sometimes you share something you should maybe keep to yourself, or you forget to check your privacy settings, or you show off a little too much skin.
That’s more or less what the U.S. Read More
Congressman Peter King of Long Island is a tough-talking, no-nonsense New Yorker, but those who have followed his career know that he is not unfamiliar with the choreographed niceties of diplomacy. Mr. King was a major player in the Irish peace process in the 1990s, intervening in that once-intractable conflict to help bring about a Read More
Representatives Nita Lowey and Steve Israel announced today that an amendment has passed the House that would enable New York City to receive more anti-terrorism funding.
Under the new amendment, grant recipients of the Urban Areas Security Initiative would be limited to 25 of the highest-risk cities in the nation.
“I am pleased this amendment Read More
On December 9 The Sun falsely reported that Al-Qaeda had targeted the Manchester set of British soap opera Coronation Street, where they were filming a live episode, says The Guardian.
The front page headline was “AL-QAEDA CORRIE THREAT” and the article said that police had thrown a “ring of steel” around the set Read More
The recently announced partnership between Walmart and the Department of Homeland Security—under which the discount retailer agrees to pepper customers with the cheerful holiday greeting, “If You See Something, Say Something”—has set off a rebellion among the conspiracy-theory crowd listeners of radio host Alex Jones, a number of whom are among the Read More
Terrorism has done some really terrible things to America in recent years, but we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the government’s response, and the childlike wonder it inspires in visitors to the Financial District.
This according to an Associated Press story that for unclear reasons documents the ways in which security Read More
Club Envy, we don’t envy you a bit.
The Jacksonville, Florida, step dance troupe caused a major terror scare the other day when they ditched their van in traffic and began sprinting through the Lincoln Tunnel to make it to a talent show on BET’s “106 & Park,” which is—shhh!—actually filmed on Read More