To learn more about those, the Nexus teams visited horticulturalists and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The officers wrapped up their business with Chin and left the Peninsula.
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A truck-rental place in Chelsea had a new manager they wanted to meet. She turned out to be a Trinidadian, young and friendly but very busy. She took a Nexus information sheet, but was obviously eager to get back to work. Enright and Salzone headed for the door. There was one fellow.
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A really strange guy. Enright and Salzone turned back.
And so the manager told them a long story about a secretive, erratic, abusive customer. To me, he sounded extremely suspicious. I was riveted.
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Enright and Salzone were not. They thanked the manager for her time, and left. Once we were back on the street, they gently explained to me that the man was just a bad truck-rental customer. Every truck-rental place had them. Yes, this guy had paid cash, but nothing else the manager said tripped any alarms. Then I realized why he had sounded so suspicious to me. Enright seemed to read my mind. He was pointing along the West Side Highway. Those cars are all unsecured at night, so we visit them. It has specialists tracking suspicious financial movements and others working the jails and prisons; in unmarked buildings throughout the boroughs, it has officers fluent in the relevant languages poring over the foreign press or surfing the innumerable jihadist Web sites and chat rooms.
The department has had considerably more success in attracting immigrants who can pass its careful background checks than either the F. In a nation that, in , conferred a total of six undergraduate degrees in Arabic, even the Pentagon, not known for its humility, recognizes this rare resource. The Department of Defense recently borrowed seventeen computer-literate Arabic speakers from the N. Mohamed grew up south of Kabul, speaking Dari. He also understands Pashto, Farsi, and Arabic. He joined the N. On another occasion, David Cohen introduced me to some of the N.
Viruses beyond belief. But we got the medicine now. We go into the worst chat rooms.
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We got investigative backgrounds, looking for bad guys on the street. You see patterns, like news items from two months before that suddenly start recirculating. It might be a beheading, or training materials, or proof that someone actually did something. The cybercops told me that each of them belonged to more than thirty separate e-mail groups, or chat rooms. But other people are listening, and if they see you coming back every day, and you seem serious, they might invite you somewhere else.
But it takes a lot of time—months, maybe years—to get this kind of trust. Detective Ira Greenberg, the N. As soon as he could reach the street, he started phoning in reports to the intelligence division. Kelly was awakened by a call at home. Four detectives—two from intel, two from counterterrorism—left for London.
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They were welcomed. British security has disrupted a number of serious plots in recent years, but its intelligence failed utterly this time. As the I. Investigators never found a connection between the pair and any organization, but, according to the police, Siraj and Elshafay drew up detailed attack plans.
go to link What the N. In the subways, more closed-circuit cameras and more—not fewer—station attendants would seem to be indicated. Hasty reactions are not always helpful. On the day of the London blasts, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates the Brooklyn Battery and Queens Midtown tunnels, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the Lincoln and Holland tunnels, disconnected cell-phone service in the tunnels, calling it a counterterror measure.
The Post quoted a Port Authority official as saying that the N. But an N. And yet there is not much about his job that resembles traditional police work. He worries about infrastructure protection—roadways, financial systems, the water supply. He works on grim, multi-agency protocols for identifying and responding to chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear C. He supervises constant, intensive training—his bureau trains city, state, federal, and regional instructors, and also key corporate security divisions.
Sheehan, like Cohen, has been thinking hard about Al Qaeda for a long time. He was in Somalia in the early nineties, when Al Qaeda trained and supplied local militiamen who attacked American peacekeepers. Richard Clarke, the N.
Sheehan says that, even when he was at the State Department, he was often in New York. So Sheehan took the counterterrorism job at the N. Kelly knew Sheehan from his stint in Haiti, where Sheehan was the American liaison to the international forces. When things went to hell in Egypt in , it showed up here. As closely as Sheehan watches developments in Yemen and the Philippines, most of his work is profoundly local. It is basically civil defense, retooled for the age of terror.
It was Sheehan who, in a letter to the Port Authority last year, raised the N. The standoff was inadequate, Sheehan said, and there was too much glass near the ground. Kelly backed Sheehan, Mayor Bloomberg backed Kelly, and the plans for the site were eventually redrawn. Sheehan stared ruefully at the papers on his desk, and pushed away the remains of a takeout lunch. He has a restless, loose-limbed energy; in a dark suit, carelessly worn, with his caustic asides and wide knowledge, he seems more like a professor than like a career soldier, or a top police official.
The threat reports from Washington were incessant, he said. We get it from C. So we get very little b. It can also be reached through Sheehan, as an outsider to local institutions, seems to have a relatively easy time forming unheard-of alliances with other city agencies. He even claims to welcome the N. In April, the Mayor signed a formal order designating the Police Department the lead agency in hazardous-materials incidents, which had previously been handled by the Fire Department with the police in a subordinate role—and the F.
In other American cities, fire departments still have the command role in hazmat incidents. But New York City is at an exceptionally high risk for a C. Assistant Chief Phil T. Because if the scene is just cleaned up as fast as possible, we may miss the evidence of a terror crime in progress. The driver may get away. We want to prevent the next incident. Like other nodes on the N. There are classrooms, meeting rooms, lots of cops uniformed and plainclothes , a little cafeteria, a library. On one wall is a big framed black-and-white photograph—an aerial shot, taken at night—of the twin towers, looking intensely romantic.
We were joined by Lieutenant John Rowland, the director of regional training for the bureau. Some of our officers were born there, though. One guy here just made his hajj. This system got an unplanned tryout during the big summer power failure in It passed that test. Vast rooms full of desks, phones, and silent monitors stretched around us, inside a huge windowless warehouse. Charles Kammerdener, the commanding officer of the special-operations division, met me in his office. He was white-haired, almost naval-looking.
Do it over. Nowadays, we train for people who may be military-trained, booby-trapped, automatic-armed, working multiply. I have a helicopter up with a video downlink and snipers. Outside the old airbase headquarters, there were subway cars parked in the scrub, swarming with guys in huge blue hooded suits—a simulated chemical attack.
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