Wed Oct 17, 2012, 03:41 PM
Bosonic (3,746 posts)
Suspected Terrorist Arrested for Alleged Plot to Attack Federal Reserve in NYC
Source: NBC News
NBC 4 New York has learned that federal authorities have arrested a man they say was plotting to attack the Federal Reserve building in Lower Manhattan, just blocks from the World Trade Center site.
The man is in custody in New York. Sources tell NBC 4 New York that the suspect lives in Jamaica, Queens and was arrested Wednesday morning after he drove a van that he believed to be loaded with explosives from Long Island to Lower Manhattan. The man left the van near the Federal Reserve building and was then arrested by the FBI and NYPD.
Law enforcement officials stress that the plot was a sting operation monitored by the FBI and NYPD and the public was never at risk. The "explosives" in the van were inert, officials said.
Sources say the suspect was acting alone in the plot against the Fed, which is located at 33 Liberty St., three and 1/2 blocks from ground zero.
Read more: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Federal-Reserve-Bank-Plot-NYC-Terror--174628031.html?sdrq354\
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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #3)
Wed Oct 17, 2012, 04:51 PM
Ash_F (5,861 posts)
5. Because there is pretty much no way to catch real attackers in the planning stage.
And these agencies need to justify their existence with "results" lest they lose their jobs.
It happened to air marshals pre-9/11. There were a number hired as a response to the hijackings of the 70s, then congress drastically cut their numbers during the Reagan era with the main argument being that they were making so few arrests. Then 9/11 happened and there was no air marshall to stop a handful of men with box cutters on any of those planes. Immediately afterwards, the government increased their numbers many thousand-fold. But a give it couple decades without significant arrests and you can bet they'll get cut again.
I guess the FBI has been around long enough to know the game and how to avoid the same fate.
Response to Ash_F (Reply #5)
Wed Oct 17, 2012, 07:01 PM
dixiegrrrrl (46,793 posts)
6. So maybe TSA will wilt away soon?
They have been accused of stealing from passengers many more times than for actually catching any would be terrorists.