Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly delivered a press conference at City Hall this afternoon, revealing information about...
Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly delivered a press conference at City Hall this afternoon, revealing information about the Boston bombers' plans to come to New York City. Upon earlier information and belief, Dzhokar Tsarnaev said he had planned to come to New York to "party," but Bloomberg and Kelly told reporters that, in fact, Dzhokar and his brother spontaneously decided after the Boston bombings to bomb Times Square.
"God forbid they had gone to Times Square," the mayor said, but added that if they had, "they would not have seen the extensive networks of cameras."
The mayor stressed the investment the city has made in maintaining and expanding surveillance with help from the federal government. "The fact that New York City was next on the terrorists' list...shows just how crucial it is for the NYPD to continue to expand its counter-terrorism capabilities and intelligence gathering capabilities," he said. The mayor also repeated a line Politicker's Colin Campbell highlighted at a previous post-Boston press conference: "special interests" shaping security policy.
"We made major investments in camera technology, not withstanding objections of some special interests," the mayor emphasized today. He did not say who or what those special interests were.
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