Thursday, December 5, 2013

Terrorism and the City #888

NYPD Beefs Up Security At Christmass Markets After Fatal Truck Attack in Germany 

NYPD to beef up security at Christmas markets after fatalBerlin truck attack (NYDN) The NYPD will send counter-terrorism officers to the city’s outdoor Christmas markets and other high-profile spots in response to a truck attack in Berlin that killed at least 12 people Monday, authorities said. The move comes after a tractor-trailer plowed into Christmas shoppers near the German capital’s Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church Monday around 8 p.m.* New York City beefed up security around outdoor markets following a terrorist attack in Berlin on Monday, where a dozen people were killed when a driver drove a stolen truck into a crowd of holiday shoppers, Politico New York reports. * ‘Density of traffic’ protects NYC against truck attack: NYPD chief (NYP)

Ask Not For Whom the Bell Tolls It Tolls for Thee - Belgium NY Sculptures 

NYPD immediately uses #Belgium attacks to plug funding. Read about those funds here:(Village Voice) 

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton blasted Ted Cruz for suggesting law enforcement should step up surveillance of Muslim communities. *  New York City officials insist there is no credible threat after the Belgium attacks left scores dead, though security efforts are being stepped up in the wake of the bombings.

WH Cuts NY's Terror Funds By 50%

Bratton Schumer Iran Payback? 

 NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said that the White House’s proposed cut of about half the money the city gets for anti-terror funding may be “political payback” against U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, who voted against the nuclear deal with Iran, Politico New York reports:   *  The Post defends U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer against criticism from the Obama administration over homeland security funding cuts, saying “someone’s credibility is open to question,” but “it’s not Chuck Schumer’s”:OBAMA TURNS HIS BACK ON NYC'S SAFETY: Anti-terror fund for city is slashed by $90 MILLION due to petty politics, as Blaz and Bratton blast potentially 'disastrous' decision (NYDN) *  Obama the slasher (NYDN Ed) With ISIS on the rise in spreading terrorist havens across the Middle East and beyond, President Obama has called for drastically slashing New York’s federal anti-terror funding. He is either living in a dream world in which the lethal Islamist radicals have given up on exporting mass murder to America or he has otherwise lost his senses. * White House spokesman astonishes reporters with attack on Schumer (NYT) * The White House questioned U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer’s credibility on national security after he joined New York City officials challenging the administration’s decision to reduce financing for grants supporting local counterterrorism, the Times reports:\ * Slashing New York’s federal anti-terror funding would be so devastating to security that the New York City Police Department and the state’s Democratic hierarchy are desperately searching for a rational explanation, the Daily News writes * In an extraordinary attack, the White House slammed U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer for criticizing the administration’s proposed cuts to homeland security funding, labeling Schumer “wrong” and even calling his “credibility” on homeland security into question by digging up a sore point in his voting record. * “At some point, Senator Schumer’s credibility in talking about national security issues, particularly when the facts are as they are when it relates to homeland security, have to be affected by the position that he’s taken on other issues,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. *Bratton furious over Obama’s anti-terror funding cut(NYP) * Team Obama’s insane slam at Chuck Schumer (NYP) * The mayor said such funding cuts is “no place to cut corners” given the threats the city faces. * Despite criticism from the White House, Sen. Chuck Schumer in Buffalo insisted he’s standing by his comments over the funding cut.

NYE Upstate ISIS Attack Broken Up

Cuomo Urges Vigilance After Rochester Terror Arrest (YNN) Cuomo urged New Yorkers to remain vigilant after federal law enforcement officers arrested a Rochester man suspected of providing material support for an Islamic State attack on New Year’s Eve.The attack was planned for an unnamed Rochester restaurant or bar that had been chosen by Emanuel Lutchman, who was reportedly radicalized while serving time in prison.* Emanuel Lutchman, a 25-year-old man in Rochester, was arrested and charged withplanning a New Year’s Eve machete attack on diners on behalf of the IslamicState, The New York Times reports: ** Gov. Andrew Cuomo cautioned New Yorkers to be vigilant after the arrest of the Rochester man linked to ISIS and praised state and federal authorities for their work, Gannett Albany reports:  * Man plotted New Year’s Eve attack in Rochester under ISIS direction: feds (NYP) * The ex-con who planned to carry out a New Year's Eve attack at an upstate bar with a machete and knives was charged with attempting to provide material support to terrorists after getting snared in an FBI sting, the Times Union writes:

Majority Oppose Allowing Syrian Refugees into the County at This Time 
 Nearly 90 percent of New Yorkers are concerned that another terrorist attack will happen in New York soon, and a majority oppose allowing Syrian refugees into the country at this time, according to a New York Times/SienaCollege poll: * Siena poll: 88 percent fear a terror attack willoccur in New York (TU) Meanwhile, voters oppose allowing Syrian refugees to come to the United States at this time by a 52-39 margin. Though Siena did not break out Muslims’ answers, the “other” religion group supports allowing Syrian refugees to enter the country by a 53-38 margin. A majority of Catholic, Jewish and Protestant voters each say they oppose allowing Syrian refugees to enter the country.* Siena Poll: Majority Oppose Syrian Refugees Coming To U.S. (YNN) * * The Post writes that the NYPD’s landmark study on how American Muslims become radicalized is at risk of being suppressed in lawsuit settlements, but if that happens, the Post will publish the study on itswebsite:  * Cuomo Blasts Anti-Immigrant Sentiment (YNN) *An overwhelming majority of New York voters say they are concerned the state will be the target of a terror attack in the near future, a Siena College poll released yesterday showed. * The same poll found a majority of New Yorkers are opposed to letting Syrian refuges into the US at this time.
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City to Appoint Counterterrorism Monitor As NYPD Continues Surveillance of Muslims
The Daily News criticizes the NYPD’s settlement over surveillance of Muslims after the Sept. 11 attacks, saying the agreement accepted by City Hall included terms that are easily distorted to paint the NYPD as guilty
New York to Appoint Civilian to Monitor Police’s Counterterrorism Activity (NYT) An agreement, coming as the city moves to settle lawsuits over surveillance targeting Muslims, would restore some of the outside oversight that was eliminated after the Sept. 11 attacks.* NYPD will yank terror report from website to settle case over spying (NYP) * Civilian Representative to Join NYPD Counterterror Oversight Panel (NY1) *  Hamstringing the NYPD’s anti-terror efforts (NYP) Start with the mayor’s appointment of an outside lawyer to “spy” on NYPD counter­terror programs, push back when he thinks it crosses some line and complain to the commissioner, mayor or a federal judge. The department can ignore him, but the added pressure, even when he’s wrong, can’t help. The deal will also limit the time of NYPD probes and its use of undercovers.

The NYPD  settlement over surveillance of Muslims after 9/11 confirms cops were right all along in saying they did nothing wrong, but it castigates them for being right about radicalization, The Wall Street Journal writes:
 NYPD-Muslim settlement demolishes the big spy lie (NYDN Ed) Amid global fears of ISIS-inspired, home-grown radical Islamist attacks, the NYPD’s anti-terror intelligence program won vindication Thursday in a lawsuit that had alleged wholesale unconstitutional spying on Muslims. Victory, though, was not fully sweet, because the settlement accepted by City Hall included terms that are easily distorted to paint the NYPD as guilty. Six Muslim individuals, mosques and organizations asked a federal judge in 2013 to declare the NYPD filled with anti-Muslim spies, to bar the department from continuing its operations and to order the destruction of all collected information.  Critically, certifying that their case was baseless — that there was no merit to the much-trumpeted accusation of spying — the claimants came away with none of that. The NYPD paid no compensation, made no admissions of wrongdoing and escaped without paying the other side’s legal fees. Lacking proof after examining the department’s innards, the ACLU-represented accusers had no choice but to fold. Then, too, some of their backgrounds directly demolished charges of “suspicionless surveillance.” In court papers, the NYPD had revealed, for example, that it had probed individuals associated with one of the mosques “based upon information about their lengthy history of suspected criminal activity, some of it terroristic in nature,” such as illegal weapons trafficking and support for “government-designated terrorist organizations.”   So much for suspicionless surveillance. The NYPD also accepted the appointment of a civilian who will monitor compliance with the settlement for the next five years. While Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence John Miller said he welcomed the oversight as a way to put the spying accusations to rest, its introduction under these circumstances created a shadow where none should exist. Most distastefully, the NYPD agreed to stifle a landmark 2007 report that investigated for the first time the process of Islamist radicalization. After studying numerous plots, including the conspiracy to bomb the Herald Square subway station, NYPD analysts noted that many perpetrators were disaffected young men who had gravitated to radical Islamist beliefs.*  The New York Police Department must strengthen oversight of its surveillance practices as part of a settlement of two civil-rights lawsuits accusing the force of unfairly monitoring Muslims after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

New ISIS Video Threaten NYC
How NYC Reacts to Terrorism
 New York Police Form Counterterrorism Force With More Firepower and Training(NYT) The Critical Response Command, whose ranks will swell to 527 officers by the end of the year, shows the city’s evolving approach to fighting terrorism.*  Citing Security Concerns, Schools Cancel Trips to New York City (WSJ) In the wake of the Paris attacks and a terrorist video showing images of Times Square, some schools have canceled field trips to New York City, even as officials insist the city is safe.* Penn State CancelsRecreational Class Trips To NYC & DC Due To "Safety Concerns" (Gotamist)* Members of the New York Police Department, Fire Department of New York and Office of Emergency Management took part in the first counterterrorism drills since the deadly attacks in Paris at an empty New York City subway station early Sunday morning, the Journal reports: 

Mixing Whimsy and Prudence at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (NYT) About 2,500 law enforcement officers kept watch over the parade in Manhattan amid heightened alert after the terrorist attacks in Paris.* Hundreds of New York emergency responders simulated a coordinated terror attack yesterday, days before one of the city’s biggest public events: the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.* Making the “See Something, Say Something” mantra high-tech, Cuomo announced a new smartphone app that will allow New Yorkers to report suspicious activity.* Heightened security after the Paris terror attacks, including checkpoints and patrols on New York City bridges, bomb-sniffing dogs at Penn Station and increased airport bag checks, could complicate this week’s busy holiday getaway.* With the Paris terrorist attacks in mind, the NYPD is increasing the number of officers on duty for the event tomorrow — while assuring New Yorkers there is no specific threat.

NYC Got the Same Audit As LA
Bratton says LA overreacted: NYC schools got same threat (NYP) New York City school officials received the same bomb threat early Tuesday thatprompted the closure of the Los Angeles school system, but police quickly concluded that it was a hoax.  Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters that he is “absolutely convinced” that there was no danger to schoolchildren in New York. New York Police Commissioner William Bratton said he thinks Los Angeles officials engaged in a “significant overreaction” by deciding to close the nation’s second-largest school system. The threat, they said, came in the form of a “generic” email sent to many cities around the country. In New York, it was received by a school superintendent early Tuesday.* LAPD Chief calls Bratton "irresponsible" forcriticizing L.A.'sschool threat response: (DNAINFO) * The New York Police Department is investigating a threat to the city’s school system, but NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said there was no indication that the threat, received Tuesday morning, was credible, The NewYork Times writes:

De Blasio won’t put informants backin mosques (NYP) Mayor de Blasio said Thursday that he would not plant police informants in local mosques, as the city once did. He rejected former Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s call to return to the policy, which Giuliani started in the ’90s and which remained in place until de Blasio ended it last year.* Freeing up the NYPD is the safest way to welcome refugees (NYP Ed) Could the biggest obstacle to welcoming refugees from the Syrian war into New York and New Jersey turn out to be left-wing lawyers who want the courts to curtail the ability of our cops to keep an eye on the Muslim community? That’s no theoretical question. Not after the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit revived the lawsuit against New York City and its police department for gathering intelligence in the Muslim communities in the wake of 9/11.
ISIS threatens NYC in new propaganda video (NYP)“We are aware of the newly-released ISIS video that mentions Times Square,” NYPD spokesman J. Peter Donald said in a statement.“While some of the video footage is not new, the video reaffirms the message that New York City remains a top terrorist target. While there is no current or specific threat to the City at this time, we will remain at a heightened state of vigilance and will continue to work with the FBI, the Joint Terrorism Task Force and the entire intelligence community to keep the City of New York safe.”* New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and state officials held a late night press conference in Times Square to calm the public in the wake of an Islamic State video showing images of Times Square, the Journal reports:  * New York Cirt Mayor Bill De Blasio would not confirm today that there are no persons or groups linked to the Islamic State currently present in New York City, but assured that the NYPD is on top of the problem, the Observer reports: * Bill de Blasio Won’t Guarantee There Are No ISISAffilates in NYC (NYO) * Bratton: NYPD Muslim Monitoring Program Never Accomplished Anything  *   Security measures vary at concert halls, theaters and large retail stores in New York City, raising concerns among some New Yorkers after last week’s attacks at similar “soft targets” in Paris left 129 dead. * “The whole city is a soft target,” NYPD Commissioner William Bratton said. “Even with 35,000 cops, we cannot be everywhere. * "Bill de Blasio Won’t Guarantee There Are No #ISIS Affilates in #NYC” — @WillBredderman

On 9-11, Le Monde's headline was "We Are All Americains" 
Today we are all French 

NYC Reaction To The Terror in France 
 Paris showed the dangers of cell phone encryption and that cell phone makers must include a way for law enforcement agencies to access phones, Politico New York reports: * Sources said John F. Kennedy and Newark airports were among eight in the nation that flunked a secret safety test conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which raises concerns about smuggled weapons, the Postreports: * Three pending pieces of NYC Council legislation could bring to a head a looming battle in City Hall: whether policy changes quietly negotiated with New York Police Commissioner William Bratton, and not lawmaking, are a better way to transform the NYPD. Three police reform bills in the New York CityCouncil highlight a debate about whether policy changes negotiated with the NYPD Commissioner William Bratton, rather than laws, will best transform the force, the Journal reports:

"F*ck them. We have the champagne!" says @Charlie_Hebdo_ on its cover this week:   Editorial: Fighting ISIS in NYC(NYDN)* In the wake of Friday's terror attacks in Paris, Rep. Chris Gibson said the U.S. should immediately stop accepting Syrian refugees, Rep. Paul Tonko denounced the plan and Gov. Andrew Cuomo stayed silent, the Times Union writes: * The NYPD’s new counterterrorism unit, the Critical Response Command, stepped out with about 110 members on its first tour of duty Monday, but the unit is expected to grow to about 560 officers, The Wall StreetJournal reports: * The Daily News praises the creation of the NYPD’s newcounterterrorism command staffed by volunteers and writes that NYPD Commissioner William Bratton recognizes the difficulty of keeping looming threats from becoming reality:* The Daily News praises the creation of the NYPD’s new counterterrorism command staffed by volunteers and writes that NYPD Commissioner William Bratton recognizes the difficulty of keeping looming threats from becoming reality * NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton wants Sony to hand over the codes that will unlock encrypted conversations between terrorists on PlayStation video game consoles.

de Blasio Joins the Terror Busting Network
CRIME FIGHTERS: New York joins terror-busting network 'Strong Cities' but activists fear program will focus on Muslims (NYDN) * The Daily News writes thatde Blasio is playing along with the federal government’s “charade” by joining its Strong Cities Network antiterrorism program and should instead focus on relentless intelligence gathering: * WEAK STUFF: 'Strong Cities' program to fight Islamic radicalization a non-starter (NYDN Ed)

Terrorists only understand “the exercise of power,” according to former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who claims the diplomacy practiced by President Obama with Iran will never be successful. “You can’t negotiate with a madman,” Giuliani said of Iran Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. “You can’t negotiate with a man who is calling for the destruction of the state of Israel, death to Americans.

Another Brooklyn Terror Arrest
A fifth man has been charged in an alleged conspiracy by several Brooklyn men to provide material support to Islamic State, federal prosecutors announced. * Chief of @BrooklynDA "exoneration" unit is working for family of terror suspect killed by Boston police.  * HOMEGROWN TERROR SUSPECT: Queens college student busted by feds in alleged plot to set off bomb in New York City (NYDN) * Staten Island Man Arrested in Terror Probe (NY1)

True News Wishes All New Yorkers A Happy and Safe July 4th, But
 The Daily News editorializes: “(L)ecturing that Cuomo should be more a philosopher king than a transactor borders on egotistical dementia. In fact, although de Blasio doesn’t believe it because he came home from Albany without every last jot and tittle, the mayor made out well in Albany because Cuomo made deals with the Republicans.” * De Blasio’s attack on Cuomo will haunt him — and the city (NYP Ed) *  De Blasio rips Cuomo for derailing his agenda (Capital)

#NYPD’s John Miller: our conclusion = no known, credible threats to NYC or 4th of July celebration.

2 women arrested in ISIS-inspired New York City terror plot  (ABC) Federal authorities have arrested two women who were allegedly planning to detonate a bomb in the New York City area after being radicalized by ISIS, according to ABC News Authorities say the public... WABC-TV reports the women purchased multiple propane tanks and had instructions for turning them into bombs. The FBI investigated the women’s online presence, which included research into creating a homemade bomb and accessing ISIS propaganda. * ISIS-inspired ‘bad bitches’ arrested in NYC ‘bomb plot’ (NYP)* * Two women living in Queens have been charged with planning to build a bomb that they wanted to detonate in the United States, with the complaint alleging that they had been communicating with Al Qaeda and ISIS, The New YorkTimes writes:  * Queens Terror Threat Isn’t Cause for More Cops, de BlasioSays(NYO) * Pair of would-be female terrorists from Queens mulled bomb attack on NYPD funeral after massive send-off for slain cop Rafael Ramos, authorities say(NYDN)* 4th Brooklyn Man Is Charged in Plot to Join ISIS (NYT) Dilkhayot Kasimov, 26, was added as a defendant in the case of a group of Brooklyn men charged with trying to support the Islamic State.

ISIS In Brooklyn

3 Brooklyn Men Arrested For Trying to Join ISIS: Sources via @Dnainfo * 3 Brooklyn Men Are Charged With Supporting ISIS  (NYT) *FBI: Three men attempted to join ISIS In-Depth-CNN * Three men from Brooklyn arrested, charged with supporting ISIS CBS News * 3 Brooklyn Men Arrested For Plot to Join ISIS, Bomb Coney Island: Sources DNAinfo * Three Men Accused of Planning to Go Overseas to Join ISIS Arrested in New ... * US Attorney (and US AG nominee) Loretta Lynch announced the arrest of three Brooklyn residents on charges they conspired to provide material support to the Islamic State terrorist group, or ISIL.* The Brooklyn ISIS case is emblematic of a dangerous new chapter in the fight against terrorism, authorities said, warning of the growing menace posed by “lone wolf” individuals intent on attacking the West, often after leaving home to fight overseas.

A City's Leadership In Hiding and Denial 
 The nomination of Loretta Lynch to serve as the nextattorney general is hitting a few road bumps in Washington: (NY1) * 3 Brooklyn Men Accused of Plot to Aid ISIS’ Fight(NYP) * NOT A DRILL: Bratton calls 3 men who allegedly wanted to join ISIS a ‘real threat’ as FBI says they intended to ‘execute’ President Obama, bomb Coney Island (NYDN) * 3 Men Allegedly Planned to Join ISIS, Attack NYC if They Failed (WNBC) * Three NYC Men Arraigned for Allegedly Trying to Join Islamic State (NY1) * Speaking on the eve of today’s anniversary of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, US Attorney Preet Bharara said his office and the law enforcement officials it works with have taken the hard lessons of the last 22 years to heart.

Something is Wrong 
The mayor does not interrupt a useless trip to Albany where a terrorist cell is discovered in Coney Island.  He had Bratton and Miller handle the press conference on the arrests of 3 would be jihadists. Not a story or quote from the mayor about the terrorist's arrests. Almost None of the city or state's elected officials have said a word about the arrests.    The Brooklyn Punks Who Dreamed of ISIS (Daily Beast) *  NYDN Editorial: An ISIS cell grows in BK * NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton described three Brooklyn men arrested and charged with plotting to join ISIS as a real threat and “the lone wolf inspired to take up arms against our country,” the Daily News reports: The arrests of three Brooklyn men who allegedly plotted to join ISIS and kill President Barack Obama demonstrate that New York “is home to the virus of murderous jihad.”* Mitchell Silber, the former NYPD director of intelligence analysis, writes in the Journal that the arrests of Brooklyn men who allegedly sought to join ISIS shows the changing natureof the threat of homegrown extremism:

Other NYC Pols Keep Busy With More Important Issues 

The Black People Eat Different Apology   Brooklyn Sen. Velmanette Montgomery apologized for her racially charged comments regarding the imminent closure of a supermarket.Dromm Out Typewriters NYPD still uses typewriters, but City Councilman proposesbill to scrap them: More Bronx Member Items Bronx officials are looking to new Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, the borough’s former Democratic party chairman, to champion a host of pet projects. Love Tourism App W/ Senators @bettylittle & @TonyAvella, along w/ ESD's Gavin Landry & Ross Levi promoting the @I_LOVE_NY #tourism app * Caucus Policy Chair @BenKallos w @DistCouncil37 Treasurer Maf Musbah Uddin at City Council Breakfast w labor allies * Senator Diane Savino ‏If you continue stepping on the necks of hard working people and don't be surprised when they turn on you!

Men Videotaping Synagogue Reported to Have Fake Out of State Plates 
Update No Threat  Men seen videotaping synagogue not a threat: sources (NYP) Cops determined Monday that the two men seen videotaping outside of two south Brooklyn synagogueswere not a threat to the public, sources said.  Police later identified them as two teens from Connecticut who were taking pictures, according to law enforcement sources. It was determined that the were not a threat and they were released.

Assembly Reports Third Synagogue Taping
Cops ramp up security after 2 men seen videotaping synagogue(NYP) Two men were seen videotaping the outsides of two south Brooklyn synagogues Saturday afternoon — and cops are now adding extra patrols to area, sources said. The unidentified men were spotted recording cell-phone footage outside the Congregation Bet Yaakob at 1801 Ocean Parkway and nearby Congregation Beth Torah at 1061 Ocean Parkway starting about 4 p.m., sources said. They drove off in a car with expired plates. Surveillance footage from outside Congregation Bet Yaakob showed one man in a black jacket and blue jeans posing in front of the synagogue on Ocean parkway and Avenue R while his bearded buddy taped him. A security guard from the synagogue eventually shoos them away.

Will the Mayor Ask the French What They Think About Targeting Muslim Terrorists?
All against all: NYC’s policing war(NYP, Thomas A. Reppetto) Are the people who run the NYPD — headquarters brass, union officials, the mayor’s office, city lawyers — ever going to get on the same page, or will it take another disaster to wake them up? The latest news is that the NYPD may cut back on its investigations of self-radicalized potential domestic terrorists who happen to be Muslims. Supposedly, this will be done to pacify critics who’ve been suing the city. The notion that authorities can’t target particular groups for investigation is ridiculous. It’s like telling the cops who blanketed mafia hangouts a generation ago that they shouldn’t have paid attention to such places.Right now, city authorities seem to be spending more time in a war of all against all than in doing their jobs.* * The bloody attacks on Charlie Hebdo and a kosher grocery store in Paris leave a lesson for New York: Jihad no longer comes exclusively from abroad, as radicalized Muslims within our midst can be just as lethal, the Post writes:
 Remember, the present turmoil is most likely being watched carefully by people who’d like nothing more than to exploit our weaknesses to carry out a successful terror attack. The current crisis of police morale and performance is almost an invitation to a terrorist strike at the world’s most important city. That’s one key reason for the governor to ensure that New York law enforcement presents a strong and united front. No leader need ever apologize for fighting crime and terrorism. The recent polls confirm this: City residents want an end to the name-calling and infighting, and vigorous action against all threats to safety. Thomas A. Reppetto is past president of the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City and a former commander of detectives in the Chicago Police Department.

Does the City Understand History . . .  It Started In Europe Last Time Also
City may yank terrorism report to appease mosque ‘spying’ critics(NYP) In top-secret talks to settle federal lawsuits against the NYPD for monitoring mosques, the city is weighing a demand that it scrub from its Web site a report on Islamic terrorists, The Post has learned. The groundbreaking, 92-page report, titled “Radicalization in the West: The Homegrown Threat,” angers critics who say it promotes “religious profiling” and discrimination against Muslims. But law-enforcement sources say removing the report now would come at the worst time — after mounting terror attacks by Islamic extremists in Paris, Boston, Sydney and Ottawa. Here in New York, Zale Thompson, a man who heeded online calls by ISIS for jihad, attacked two NYPD officers with a hatchet in October. “The harm is that it sends the message that the NYPD is ­going to back down on its counterterrorism effort in the name of political correctness,” said a former NYPD official. “Shame on the NYPD if they do.” 

for whom the bell tolls (Europe) it tolls for thee (America)
Sources familiar with the case confirmed that removal of the NYPD report is one of the major sticking points in settlement negotiations. Also on the table are demands that the NYPD halt any ongoing surveillance in the Muslim community and that records of prior monitoring be expunged, sources said. With what seems today like a crystal ball, the 2007 NYPD report identified an “emerging threat” — al Qaeda-inspired jihadists in the United States and abroad, hell-bent on attacking their host countries. Under former Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, the report served as a blueprint for the NYPD’s “demographic unit,” which sent plainclothes detectives into Muslim cafes, stores and mosques to detect potential terrorists. After the initiative was exposed by The Associated Press, Muslim leaders and groups filed two lawsuits in Brooklyn federal court claiming they were subjected to unwarranted surveillance. The suits complain the radicalization report puts virtually all Muslims under suspicion. Last April, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton disbanded the intelligence-gathering unit. A spokesman for the city Law Department said, “Discussions are ongoing, and nothing is final.” * They shavedregularly. Wore jeans and sneakers. They blended into Paris. Then they carried out their murderousplot. (NYT) * Perpetuating Guantánamo’s Travesty(NYT Ed) * German anti-Islam rally canceled after warning of"concrete" terrorist threat to organizer - * Making Distinctions: Islam Is Not Islamism (Jewish Week) * 5 killed in Nigeras anti-Charlie Hebdo protesters burn churches in capital *Hebdo Editor to Chuck Todd: When You Blur Our Cover, 'YouBlur out Democracy'  (VIDEO)

Terrorist Jailed For life in NYC
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A British cleric who was convicted last year of 11 terrorism-related charges, including helping to orchestrate the 1998 kidnappings of 16 tourists in Yemen, was sentenced in Manhattan to life in prison, The New YorkTimes reports * Life Sentence for British Cleric Who Helped Plan 1998 Kidnappings in Yemen(NYT) Mostafa Kamel Mostafa, 56, a former imam in North London, had been convicted of 11 terrorism-related charges, including helping to orchestrate the violent 1998 kidnappings of 16 tourists in Yemen.

NYP Paris Attack: Bring Back Muslim Mapping of NYC 
Invoking Paris attack, @nypost calling for #NYPD to reconstitute"'Muslim Mapping’ intelligence program” 

NYP Prints Charlie Hebdo Cover
              Charlie Hebdo lives again with new issue (NYP) NYPD DELEGATION TO PARIS -- The department has sent a delegation of officers to Paris to attend memorial and funeral services for law enforcement officials there killed during last week’s attack on Charlie Hebdo. Speaking to reporters at NYPD headquarters [Monday] afternoon, commissioner Bill Bratton said the delegation included intelligence officers, as well as Muslim members of the NYPD. The commissioner said the delegation left Monday afternoon, and would be led by chief of intelligence Thomas Galati. Bratton said Galati will work with local counterparts in Paris to gather more information about the attack.* Judges Press New York City On Muslim Surveillance Damage (Huff Post)* Five City Council members from Brooklyn and Queens are withdrawing their support for a resolution that would boost disability pension benefits for New York City police officers and firefighters, Capital New York reports:  *  De Blasio is exploring several options to heal the rift between police and his office, including outside intervention and finalizing a new contract for officers, but apologizing is off the table, the Associated Press reports: 


Wow Monday's Daily News Wood
Terror Attack Expected in NYC 
NYPD's John Miller says key to preparation for terrorists is responding when they act. Hard to punish thoughts before

TUNE DOWN THE VOLUME: Top NYPD union reps echo Timothy Cardinal Dolan's call for de Blasio, cops to reconcile(NYDN)* Heed the cardinal (NYDN Ed) PBA boss Pat Lynch needs to cool it *  Guard the Protectors (NYDN Ed)  Police deserve respect, not punches Protests have become perilous. Five cops have been assaulted, most recently two legal-bureau lieutenants who were trying to ensure that the NYPD facilitated freedom of expression to the maximum extent possible. *NYPD Sent to Lindt Stores Amid Siege(WSJ)

Sydney-style siege inevitable in NYC: top counterterror official(NYP)* TICKING TIME BOMB: Terror chief for NYPD says ‘it is inevitable’ Sydney-style attack WILL happen in New York(NYDN)* Hostage situation in Sydney 'inevitable' in New York, NYPD terror chief says (NYDN)  During an appearance on ‘CBS This Morning,’ NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence John Miller said an attack like the one in Australia Monday — where 17 hostages were held over a 16-hour standoff, and two and the gunman died — that is ‘less a question of if, more a question of when’ in the city.


Subway Terrorist Dean 

Why is ISIS Willing the Propaganda War on the Internet?
Why Are American Muslims Allowing ISIS to Hijack Their Religion?

Man shot dead after striking cop in the head with ax (NYP)* Hatchet-wielding man shot dead by NYPD cops in Queens;police eye possible terrorism motive (NYDN) Police are investigating the possibility that the attacker killed on a rainswept shopping corridor, identified by police sources as Zale Thompson, 32, had links to terrorism. A Zale Thompson on Facebook is pictured wearing a keffiyeh and had a recent terrorism-related conversation with one of his Facebook friends, according to a police source. * Too close to home (NYDN Ed) Lone wolves answer ISIS' call * Terror connection not ruled out in hatchet attack, policesay (Fox) * Muslim convert launches axe attack on US police The  London Times *  Hatchet attack suspect acted alone, NYPD chief says,"I'm very confident this was a terror attack" (WNBC) Sunday Ax attacker wanted ‘white people to pay’ forslavery (NYP)

Is the Media Underreporting Copy Cat Terror Attack Endangering NYC?  Political Leaders No Comment . . .  In Denial?    

As Lone Wolf Nuts Increasing Listen to Isis Call to Commit Terror NY Leaders Do Not Fight Back Against the Jihadist Message
What is the Difference With following ISIS Orders Than Working With the Terror Group?

Though: Maybe Now We Will Get Real Mental Illness Reform
Is the Media Underreporting Copy Cat Terror 
As Sandy Money Pot Goes to Commercials and Private Hospitals and Not the Homeowners Nobody Notices
Cuomo, de Blasio hold events touting Sandyrecovery efforts(NYP) * Cuomo’s Role in Hurricane Sandy Inquiry Foretold Fate of HisEthics Panel(NYT) Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s first Moreland Commission, investigating electric companies’ failures in the 2012 storm, omitted mention of his administration’s shortcomings, The Times found.* NYCHA still trying to repair public housing damaged duringHurricane Sandy(NYDN)* Capital Playbook: Cuomo rigs storm report (Capital)

Is the Media Underreporting Copy Cat Terror Attack Endangering NYC?  Political Leaders No Comment . . .  In Denial?    

As Lone Wolf Nuts Increasing Listen to Isis Call to Commit Terror NY Leaders Do Not Fight Back Against the Jihadist Message
The Horror Before the Beheadings (NYT) ISIS Hostages Endured Torture and Dashed Hopes, Freed Cellmates Say
* The 10 State Police commands across the state have been ordered to send troopers to patrol major passenger rail stations in New York City as part of a new counterterrorism effort,the Times Union reports: 
4 Days After NYC Terror Attack Nothing in the Paper

Are We Protected in NYC Mayor de Blasio?
Saturday PM The beasts commit new act of savagery, this time beheadingBritish aid worker (NYT)
De Blasio under fire amid new threat from Islamic Statefighters(The Hill) New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is coming under sharp criticism for making decisions that may have undermined the effectiveness of his police department’s counter-terrorism operations. Thirteen years after the 9/11 attacks on Manhattan, prominent security experts say de Blasio has made fighting terrorism a lower priority in order to appease the communities that helped elect him.
 “A classic case of taking your eye off the ball at the worst possible time is Mayor de Blasio in New York,” said John Lehman, a former member of the 9/11 Commission.He said de Blasio is failing to take seriously enough the new threat posed to New York and other major American cities by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which has reportedly trained dozens of American jihadists. “At the very time when the threat suddenly emerges in a whole new additional form focused on the U.S., he decides to end some of the most effective programs in the country in the NYPD counterterrorism unit,” Lehman said. “He has reassigned people and vehicles and special equipment to non-counterterrorist activities,” he added.In April, de Blasio disbanded a special unit tasked with conducting surveillance of mosques and Muslim groups suspected of radical ties.  Michael Mukasey, who served as U.S. attorney general from 2007 to 2009, said the unit was instrumental in mapping out possible terrorist ties within Muslim communities. “They weren’t simply conducting surveillance of mosques and Muslims. They were mapping communities, figuring out where someone from Lebanon or Yemen or any of the other hot spots would go if they wanted to come to this country and find refuge,” he said.*Mayor applies for security clearance after Post story (NYP)*NYT editorial: Obama’s plan to rely on Syrian rebels “isfull of hope and fraught with obstacles.” * Warning of Terror Risk, Three Leaders Showcase Their Focuson Safety(NYT)In a rare joint appearance, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie joined Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio, for a private session with Jeh Johnson, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, followed by a somber news conference in which they warned of terror threats* Bratton: Islamic State group threat expanding ISIS supporters urged to attack Times Square with pipe bombs(NYP)* New York Man Charged With Trying to Support ISIS (NYT) The most significant accusation in the seven-count indictment of Mufid A. Elfgeeh of Rochester asserts that he tried to provide material support and resources to the Islamic State.* ISIS has mastered social media, recruiting ‘lone wolf’terrorists to target Times Square: Bratton (NYDN) * Bratton: NYC In ‘New Era’ Of Potential Terror Threats (NYDN)Rep. Eliot Engel spoke on the House floor about the threat ISIS poses to the United States, warning if the U.S. does not act, “many more September 11ths” will happen on American soil.* A man who was already accused of plotting to kill US service members is now also accused of trying to send two men from Rochester to Syria to fight alongside terrorist group ISIS.* Targeting Times Square (NYP) * New York CityPolice Add Security Amid a Call for Attacks(NYT) The police stepped up security in response to the possible threat of a terrorist attack in Times Square, even as officials cautioned that they had no information about specific plans against the city.*Bill Bratton: Inside the terror threat  (NYDN) ISIS and a host of other groups present a more complex set of dangers than Al Qaeda once didorism
Tunisian Man Accused Last Year of Terrorism Pleads Guilty to Lesser Counts(NYT)

A man who federal prosecutors said last year had wanted to commit acts of terrorism pleaded guilty on two counts of fraud and misuse of visas to facilitate an act of international terrorism.
Cleric Convicted of All Terrorism Charges(NYT)
Mostafa Kamel Mostafa, a former imam who prosecutors said had “devoted his life to violent jihad,” was convicted of 11 terrorism-related charges on Monday.

More on Terrorism 

TLC says 800 summonses to outerboro taxi drivers/owners issued for pick ups in the yellow taxi-only zone

.@TishJamesLetitia breaks city rules with rental property but she denies despite records via  

A City Remembers What the Bastards Did to Us 
Hamill: Powerful 9/11 shrine — built with raw emotion and dignified beauty — salutes spirit those bastards couldn't dent(NYDN) * President Obama and his wife Michelle are in New York to attend a dedication ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in downtown Manhattan.*
FIELD TRIP -- WIRED magazine, “The Near-Impossible Challenge of Designing the 9/11 Museum,” by Cliff Kuang: “You descend into the museum on a long ramp, sloped so gradually that you barely feel your steps gathering momentum. … Then you walk out onto an underground balcony overlooking the museum floor, some 40 feet below, and gaze out into a vast, nearly empty space punctuated by the Last Column—the final piece of steel hauled away from Ground Zero … Weighing 60 tons and standing nearly 40 feet high, it’s still covered in spray-painted messages, tributes to the dead left by those who did the work. … You get an overwhelming sense of absence and awe. There may be no public space more cavernous in New York City.”* 'NOTHING CAN EVER BREAK US': Obama, dignitaries mark opening of 9/11 Memorial Museum in solemn ceremony at Ground Zero with survivors and victims' families(NYDN)
* The Man in a Red Bandanna(NYT Ed) The opening of the National September 11 Memorial Museum was a day for remembering extraordinary people and their acts of compassion.

Prosecutor Tells Jurors Not to Be Fooled by a Cleric(NYT)
The prosecutor’s remarks came in a closing argument in the trial of Mostafa Kamel Mostafa.
Cleric Has Heated Exchange with Judge, Lawyer During Terror Trial (NY1)
At His Trial, Imam Tells of the Loss of His Arms(NYT)
Islamic Preacher Takes Stand in His Own Defense at Terror Trial(NY1)
\Milder View of Suspect in U.S. Case on Terror(NYT)
Ahmed Abassi, who prosecutors in Manhattan once said had spoken of killing 100,000 people, was offered a plea bargain that could lead to a sentence of six months.
Witness in Terrorism Case Recalls Being Taken Hostage in Yemen(NYT)
Testifying in Manhattan at the trial of Mostafa Kamel Mostafa, who is accused of aiding in the abduction of 16 tourists in Yemen, a woman described her ordeal.

Terrorism Trial Begins in New York(WSJ)
Muslim Cleric ‘Was Committed to War’ Prosecutor Says in Terrorism Trial(NYT)
Testimony From Britain May Be Used in Terror Trial(NYT)
Terror Trial Set to Begin in New York(WSJ)
NYC lawyer for bin Laden's son-in-law faces trial(WSJ)
Judge Loath to Permit TV Testimony on Islamist(NYT)
Conviction of Bin Laden’s Son-in-Law Doesn’t Halt Debate Over Terror Trials’ Venue(NYT)

 Bin Laden son-in-law who served as al-Qaida spokesman after 9/11 convicted at NYC terror trial
Bin Laden’s Son-in-Law Is Convicted in Terror Trial(NYT)

So-Called "Lone Wolf" Gets 16 Years in Manhattan Bomb Plot v
Judge Imposes 16-Year Term for Manhattan Man in Pipe Bomb Case(NYT)
Terror Case Against Aide to Bin Laden Goes to Jury(NYT)
The jury is weighing terrorism charges against Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, who was a top adviser to Osama bin Laden.
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“It has been my experience, always, that horses, much like humans, are at their happiest and healthiest when working.”

Obama Worries Nuke York Not AG Holder

Holder, in New York City, Calls Terror Trials Safe (NYT) Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said that last week’s conviction of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith had “proven beyond any doubt” that terrorism trials can “safely occur” in New York City.* Attorney General Eric Holder says Khalid Sheik Mohammad won't be tried in New York(WABC)
Obama: Duck and Cover Manhattan

"IT'S DRACONIAN:" President Obama admitting nuclear fear but cutting NYPD's radiation-detection funding confuses pols(NYDN)

Obama’s top fear is Manhattan getting nuked(NYP) President Obama dissed Russia as a “regional power” on Tuesday and said his bigger worry is a nuclear weapon going off in Manhattan* Obama "said he continued to be more concerned about 'the prospect of a nuclear weapon going off in Manhattan.'”(NYT)

OBAMA'S BOMB WARNING: President says his biggest concern is the possibility of a 'nuclear weapon going off' in the Big Apple — not Putin and his 'regional power' Russia  * Nuking New York(NYP Ed *President strange love(NYDN Ed) Now New Yorkers know what President Obama means when he talks about a nuclear freeze: It’s the blood-chilling sensation that he inflicted by expressing worry about an atomic attack here. We could have done without visions that loomed — a mushroom cloud over Rockefeller Center, a radiation-poisoned Times Square — out of the President’s attempt to defend his policy toward Russia by saying, in effect, that Putin is no Bin Laden.

Lawyers Sum Up Cases at Bin Laden Relative’s Trial(NYT) Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, is charged with conspiring to kill Americans and providing material support to terrorists.
Bin Laden Son-in-Law, in Testimony, Tells of Cave Meeting on 9/11(NYT)
Trial Judge Will Not Allow 9/11 Architect’s Testimony(NYT) A Manhattan federal judge said the testimony of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed would not be permitted at the trial of a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden.
U.S. Tries to Block 9/11 Architect’s Testimony(NYT) Defense lawyers for Sulaiman Abu Ghaith say a statement from Khalid Shaikh Mohammed could exculpate the terrorism suspect.

NY Jury Selection Starts For Bin Laden Son-In-Law (NPR)
The trial of Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law begins(NYP)
Witness Says Defendant Spoke to Qaeda Trainees(NYT)
Shoe-Bomb Plot Revisited at Trial of Bin Laden Relative(NYT)

The terrorism trial of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith will not be delayed despite a claim by his lawyers that authorities may have mixed him up with a detainee at Guantánamo Bay with a similar name.

Kick the Independence Party off the ballot - Editorial - Newsday

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Casino plans unveiled for Concord hotel in Catskills

Interesting that de Blasio admin would set a pattern with UFT rather than a less politically savvy/powerful union:  

Handless hate preacher pens letter asking to take the stand(NYP)

Ray Was Right(NYP)The NYPD and its former boss, Ray Kelly, got two big wins in their war on terror last week. In Newark, US District Judge William Martini tossed a lawsuit against the NYPD’s surveillance of Muslim communities. It was a clear-cut vindication of the cops and their anti-terror programs.The day before Martini’s decision, the NYPD scored another victory: Word came that José Pimentel (a k a Muhammad Yusuf) had pleaded guilty to plotting to bomb the city. As a result, he faces 16 years in prison when sentenced next month. As a candidate, Bill de Blasio vowed to rein in NYPD surveillance practices.


Manhattan Man Pleads Guilty to Reduced Charges in Terror Case (NYT) Jose Pimentel, who was accused of planning pipe bombings, pleaded guilty to a single count of attempted possession of a weapon as a crime of terrorism.  

Judge Finds Surveillance of Mosques Was Allowed(NYT)

A lawsuit brought by Muslims who said the New York Police Department’s surveillance was unconstitutional was dismissed.

9/11 Architect Says Bin Laden’s Son-in-Law Had No Role in Qaeda Military Operations(NYT)
Judge Rules Terror Case Should Go Before Jury(NYT) A federal judge said on Friday that there was sufficient evidence that Sulaiman Abu Ghaith conspired to kill Americans to allow the case to go to a jury.
Hook-handed terror suspect pens note knocking lawyer(NYP)
Interrogation of Bin Laden Relative Is Recounted(NYT)
Interactions of Bin Laden and Son-in-Law Detailed in an F.B.I. Document(NYT)
At Trial of Bin Laden Relative, Witness Describes Meeting 9/11 Mastermind (NYT)
Convicted Terrorist Continues Testimony in Trial of Alleged bin Laden Spokesman (NY1)
Jury Selection Begins at Trial of Bin Laden’s Son-in-Law(NYT)
Effort to Delay Terror Trial of a Bin Laden Relative Fails(NYT)

In the Post, Rebecca Heinrichs, a visiting fellow with the Heritage Foundation, notes that New York’s Fort Drum is a leading contender for a missile defense system that would protect American cities: * Judge Says Statements by Bin Laden’s Son-in-Law Can Be Used in Terrorism Case(NYT)

IT COULD HAPPEN HERE': Ray Kelly warns of Kenya-type terrorist attacks on NY malls just as holiday shopping season heats up
Two juries possible in Al Queda bombing trial(NYDN)
Three Alleged al Qaeda Operatives to Face Joint Trial in Manhattan (WSJ)
Inside the Saudi 9/11 coverup(NYP)

‘Terrorist’-repping lawyer indicted over $3M in income(NYP)

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