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Bratton: NYPD Is Preparing for Paris-Style Attacks

November 16, 2015  | 

Police Commissioner William Bratton responded to the Paris attacks by reassuring New Yorkers that the NYPD is preparing for a similar type of attack here. "We still remain the number one terrorist target in the world, we believe," he told ABC 7 yesterday. ISIS is a highly organized and efficient terror group that has "surpassed Al Qaeda in their capabilities," he says, whose "vulnerability is minimal."

On Morning Joe Monday, he scolded Silicon Valley for encryption policies that shut out law enforcement. "They need to work with us right now," Bratton said of the manufacturers of such software. "In many respects, they are working against us." ISIS is believed to have used Sony's PlayStation 4 game console to coordinate the attacks. "We, law enforcement, can't see them. The have so many new elements coming at us so quickly we are moving really very fast to stay ahead of these developments," Bratton said.

New York Magazine reports he said the department will be training to respond to ISIS's multipronged attack strategy, and are looking into ways to contain terrorists strapped with explosives. "You have to go in because they are going to kill the hostages, that this is not hostage taking for negotiations hostage taking, hostage taking for the effect and murder," Bratton told ABC7.

This weekend, the NYPD deployed counter-terrorism units across the cityconducting bag searches at major subway stations and even the Giants game; plus, a surge in the number of patrol officers across the city, a strong offense, he says, is still the best way to prevent future attacks.

Comments (4)

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Tom Ret @ 11/16/2015 4:25 PM

If they have trouble now staying ahead of the game, wait until
Obama gets 10,000 muslim refuges from Syria and scatters them throughout the U.S. Either Obama is the most incompetent president to ever occupy the office or he is intentionally trying to destroy the country.

LEO (RET) @ 11/17/2015 10:06 AM

Tom, you're absolutely right on both counts. Obama is a disgrace to our country.

LEO (RET) @ 11/17/2015 10:08 AM

Tom, you're absolutely correct on both counts.

Robert @ 11/17/2015 3:46 PM

NYC has to worry more than most places because of the visibility...but also for one other big reason: Terrorists know that only police have guns in NYC.
If Terrorists were to attack 6 restaurants in Dallas, TX (or similar city with looser CCW permit laws)...the outcome would be different.
Schools which ban firearms, churches and similar places are all soft targets...and so is NYC!!
Bottom line: When seconds count, police are only minutes away!

I guess it comes down to your belief in society: The cuban boat lift brought 125,000 people to freedom. Fidel cleaned out the jails also...but even then only 2% of the 125K were criminals denied citizenship. Are we willing to let 125K people die in Syria, for the added risk. What country does not have terrorists or criminals? So I guess we stop all immigration? After all, our Grandparents or Great-Grandparents made it now we can close the door!!!
Too bad the Native Americans didn't have a Border Patrol 300 years ago.

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