Terrorist attack ‘inevitable’ in US, says NYPD counterterrorism chief

July 3, 2016 5:00 am

Independence Day fireworks in (file photo)

The head of the
Counterterrorism Bureau of the New York Police Department says a
terrorist attack against the country is “inevitable” as the prepares
for the July Fourth festivities.

“I think that it’s
inevitable that there’ll be another attack in this country,” Chief James
Waters told ABC on Saturday, two days before the Independence Day.
“We are well-prepared to respond to that.”
Some 100 specially
trained officers are ready 24/7 for deployment with high-powered
weapons, radiation detectors and bomb-sniffing dogs.

A NYPD officer walks with a sniffing dog in Times Square. (file photo)

Calling
the anti-terror operation “ring of steel,” the officer added that it
includes more than 9,000 surveillance cameras with feeds from the
Brooklyn Bridge and the Times Square to inside the city’s subways, all
leading to a secret headquarters in lower Manhattan.
Although NYPD
officials ruled out any specific threat on this year’s holiday, the
department is exercising caution against possible attacks by affiliates
of the Daesh terrorist group, based in Syria and Iraq.
“We look at
the global threat environment,” said Meghann Teubner, the director of
counterterrorism intelligence analysis in the NYPD’s Counterterrorism
Bureau. “What’s happening in the world? Are there any new trends that we
need to be concerned with? Any new tactics that terrorist groups may be
using that have any implication for us here in New York City?”
The
police department is also looking into tactics used by Takfiri
militants in attacks from the Charlie Hebdo one in Paris to the
shootings in San Bernardino, California and Orlando, Florida.
“We
are constantly looking at tactics, techniques and procedures that are
used at those events and how we can better prepare ourselves here in New
York City,” said the executive officer in the NYPD’s Critical Response
Command, Captain Gene McCarthy.
To avert a possible attack by
Takfiris this Fourth of July, the US has heightened vigilance against
potential attacks on vulnerable targets, including airports, concerts
and clubs.

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