NYPD terrorism report

Since this has been in the news a lot lately, I thought I'd upload it for your viewing/downloading pleasure:

Radicalization in the West: The Homegrown Threat. NYPD.

Basically in NYPD's eyes, we're all jihadists which I guess is how they could justify all the harassment of protesters at the 2004 Republican National Convention.

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sorry folks. the file size was too big to upload to our site. So if you can't get the file, or it disappears, I've got it on my local machine and can email it to you. Send an email to radlib AT ucimc DOT org if you need a copy.

NYPD Follies

Perhaps that attitude is what leads to items like this:

The Police Department set up checkpoints yesterday in Lower Manhattan and increased security after learning of a vague threat of a radiological attack here.


The police learned about the threat through an item on the Web site debka.com -- a site that Mr. Browne said was believed to have Israeli intelligence and military sources -- that said that Qaeda operatives were planning to detonate a truck filled with radiological material in New York, Los Angeles or Miami. Officials say the Web site carries reports that are often wrong, but occasionally right.

If readers here aren't familiar with it, Bruce Sheneier's blog is a great source of "security theater" news interspersed with good advice like:

It's time we calm down and fight terror with antiterror. This does not mean that we simply roll over and accept terrorism. There are things our government can and should do to fight terrorism, most of them involving intelligence and investigation -- and not focusing on specific plots.

But our job is to remain steadfast in the face of terror, to refuse to be terrorized. Our job is to not panic every time two Muslims stand together checking their watches. There are approximately 1 billion Muslims in the world, a large percentage of them not Arab, and about 320 million Arabs in the Middle East, the overwhelming majority of them not terrorists. Our job is to think critically and rationally, and to ignore the cacophony of other interests trying to use terrorism to advance political careers or increase a television show's viewership.

The surest defense against terrorism is to refuse to be terrorized. Our job is to recognize that terrorism is just one of the risks we face, and not a particularly common one at that. And our job is to fight those politicians who use fear as an excuse to take away our liberties and promote security theater that wastes money and doesn't make us any safer.

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