The New York Police Department has been boasting that it has foiled 14 terrorist attacks since 9/11. Only thing is, apparently this isn't true at all.
A study and journalistic investigation has been made into the NYPD's record by Justin Elliott from ProPublica.org.
During the investigation, it was found that there was only modest involvement in the thwarting of the 14 plots boasted by the NYPD, which are published on their website.
The report states, “The list includes two and perhaps three clear-cut terrorist plots, including a failed attempt to bomb Times Square by a Pakistani-American in 2010 that the NYPD did not stop.”
“The failed 2010 attempt by Faisal Shahzad to set off a crude car bomb in an SUV in Times Square [was an example]. Shahzad was in contact with the Pakistani Taliban before and after the attempt, according to the government, and he pleaded guilty to charges stemming from his role in the attempt. The plot was widely seen as a law enforcement failure, as Shahzad was able to plant the rigged car in Times Square without being on the radar of the NYPD and other agencies” says Elliott in the report.
Elliott's report further claims that “government informants” and not the NYPD had played a vital role in stopping the alleged terrorist attacks.
New York City Mayor Bloomberg told everyone in March this year that, “We have the best police department in the world and I think they show that every single day, and we have stopped 14 attacks since 9/11, fortunately without anybody dying."
Newsweek last month published a glowing profile of NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly where journalist Christopher Dickey wrote of the commissioner's tenure, since taking office in 2002. He quotes that the record "is hard to argue with: at least 14 full-blown terrorist attacks have been prevented or failed on Kelly's watch."
However, despite the new allegations arising from the journalistic investigation, Mayor Bloomberg is trying to save face and says (about terrorist threats):
“Let me point out to you, we haven't had one. Let's assume it's one they thwarted instead of 14. And it could very well be 28, because nobody really knows how many people. We have to be right 100 per cent of the time. The terrorists only have to be right once and you're dead. Now you want to make some noise about the study. They can study anything they want,” as reported in the Atlantic Wire.
While there has been no official reaction from the NYPD to the report, Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne did leave a comment on the ProPublica.org web page:
“The NYPD never said it stopped 14 terrorist plots. We’ve repeatedly said that New York City was the target of at least 14 terrorist plots since 9/11 because it is a fact. Critics want others to believe that terrorists who failed were not threats. If you believe that, we have a bridge to sell you – one that Al-Qaeda hoped to destroy.”
However, Elliott responds to the comment as follows:
"We appreciate the NYPD’s response. But contrary to the deputy commissioner’s comments above, department officials have claimed credit for helping thwart 14 plots."
"Mitchell Silber, Director of Intelligence Analysis, NYPD Intelligence Division, said the following while testifying on Capitol Hill in March, “We built an intelligence and counterterrorism program that has served as a deterrent and has helped to protect the city from fourteen terrorist plots since September 11, 2001."