NYPD says Iran has conducted surveillance in NYC


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Verified Military
Oct 24, 2006

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Authorities have interviewed at least 13 people since 2005 with ties to Iran's government who were seen taking pictures of New York City landmarks, a senior New York Police Department official said Wednesday.
Police consider these instances to be pre-operational surveillance, bolstering their concerns that Iran or its proxy terrorist group could be prepared to strike inside the United States, if provoked by escalating tensions between the two countries.
Mitchell Silber, the NYPD's director of intelligence analysis, told Congress that New York's international significance as a terror target and its large Jewish population make the city a likely place for Iran and Hezbollah to strike. Silber testified before the House Homeland Security about the potential threat. Much of what Silber said echoed his previous statements on the potential threat, but he offered new details Wednesday about past activities in New York.
In May 2005, Silber said, tips led the NYPD to six people on a sight-seeing cruise who were taking pictures and movies of city landmarks like the Brooklyn Bridge. In September 2008, police interviewed three people taking pictures of railroad tracks. And in September 2010, federal air marshals saw four people taking pictures and videos at a New York heliport. Interviews with law enforcement revealed that all were associated with the Iranian government, but they were ultimately released and never charged, Silber said.
U.S. officials long have worried that Iran would use Hezbollah to carry out attacks inside the United States. And Iran was previously accused in a disrupted plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. here last year, a plan interpreted in the U.S. intelligence community as a clear message that Iran is not afraid to carry out an attack inside this country.
In January, James Clapper, the top U.S. intelligence official, said some Iranian officials are probably "more willing to conduct an attack in the United States in response to real or perceived U.S. actions that threaten the regime."
But government officials have said there are no known or specific threats indicating Iranian plans to attack inside the U.S.
Last summer I took a sightseeing cruise with my brother's family and I took video of the Brooklyn Bridge, too. If that's all they got, I'm not going to lose any sleep over it.
Can't anybody with an Internet connection just look that shit up on Google Earth anyways?
is it REALLY that surprising that a foreign govt is doing recon on possible targets in the US? not that I'm ok with it, but it's not really a shock....
The governor of NY (Cuomo) relaxed the restriction of taking photos in certain areas such as train stations etc...
We know without doubt that there are Al Qaeda operatives in NYC too.
I'll bet they are focusing on Israeli or AIPAC targets as retaliation. They are suspected of carrying out attacks in Thailand and Bulgaria (among others) against Israeli citizens. That Ayatollah Khamenei does not seem to be as intelligent or cautious as the people beneath him, maybe he would be so foolish and suicidal to approve attacks on the U.S. mainland.
I'm from NYC and I love it but I no longer want to live there ever again. Too many targets and the symbolism of attacking NYC is just such a prize to all these knuckleheads running around. Nobody can even protect themselves unless they've got a badge or are a criminal. The places most in need of shall issue CCW permits are the places where they refuse to issue anything unless you're politically connected/filthy rich!