New York City today warned that its subway system could be the target of a terrorist threat “in the coming days.” The announcement came after NYC law enforcement officials received specific, credible information regarding the threat. Now, I am sure Mayor Michael Bloomberg would not have announced this publicly if he and his aides did not believe there was something to it. NYC was hit the hardest on 9/11 and has, for the most part, run smoothly during times when previous threats were announced by the Department of Homeland Security.
So this announcement seems somewhat ominous to me and probably should be taken seriously by New Yorkers…especially by my friend Katie.
Anyway, back to the point…NYC tells everybody to be aware of anything suspicious and to treat this threat seriously, right?
So what does the Department of Homeland Security do? DHS spokesman Russ Knocke says this: “”The intelligence community has concluded this information to be of doubtful credibility. We shared this information early on with state and local authorities in New York.”
Now, this may very well be the case. But considering DHS apparently concluded there was “doubtful credibility” to widespread news reports and video images of flooding in New Orleans a full day after Hurricane Katrina struck and breached the levees, I’m inclined to go with the NYC authorities on this one.