Transcript for NYC Mayor Announces Terror Suspect Arrest
Yesterday afternoon. New York city police officers arrested a 27 year old al-Qaeda sympathizer. Who was plotting to bomb police patrol cars and also postal facilities. As well as targeted members of our armed forces returning from a -- Jose. Him and -- PI ME NT EL. Washington Heights which is in the north's of northern end of Manhattan. Faces terrorism related charges that district attorney Vance will discuss in a moment. Earlier today I also describe this case to US congressman Pete king the chair of the house committee on Homeland Security. Who has long been a champion of federal support for the NY PDAs counterterrorism efforts. The NYPD intelligence division did outstanding work in tracking this individual and containing the threat he posed the city. The police also constructed a duplicate of an explosive device that the suspect bill. And then designated no way that he intended to use his weapon. We wanted to show you a video about the resulting damage. I should point out that our staff -- the governor's staff on this earlier this evening. And I -- commissioner Kelly to discuss this case in greater detail but first let me make these observations. The suspect -- was a so called the lone wolf. Motivated by his own resentment of the presence of American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. As well as inspired by al-Qaeda propaganda. He was not part of a larger conspiracy. Emanating from abroad. He represents exactly the kind of threat FBI director Robert Mueller and his experts have warned about. As American military and intelligence agencies have eroded Al qaeda's ability to launch and large scale attacks. This case is also reminiscent of another lone wolf -- in 2004. In which to New Yorkers angry over the treatment of prisoners in Iraq plotted to bomb the Herald Square subway station. Like the current case the Herald Square plot was uncovered by the NYPD intelligence division. And as with still other another case earlier this year in which a lone wolf plotted to attack a large synagogue. He NYPD teamed up with the Manhattan district attorney's office to prosecute. Him and tell under state terrorism related statues. For the launched by long wolves al-Qaeda or al-Qaeda -- affiliates. There have been at least thirteen previous terror attacks since 9/11 targeting New York City. This would be the fourteenth. Because it's such repeated threats the NYPD remains focused on preventing another terrorist terrorist attack. We assign a thousand police offices to counterterrorism. Duties every single day. And this is just another case where our precautions paid off.
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