The city where vigilance has never slept since the day the Twin Towers fell is talking tough after ISIS made a threat against them.
“We will not be intimidated and we will not live in fear,” New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Wednesday night after ISIS released a video designed to sow fear in New York City a week before millions descend on the city for Thanksgiving holiday events.
The video shows footage of New York City’s Times Square and Herald Square. In between views of New York City, the video shows suicide bombers preparing for attacks. At one point, one terrorist holds a grenade. He pulls the pin, then the screen goes black.
“And what’s coming next will be far worse and more bitter,” say words that flash across the screen.
The video also includes terrorists praising “soldiers of the caliphate in France” for their “blessed operation.”
Bratton said the video appears to be produced from a collection of previously released ISIS videos. Officials noted there is no specific threat against any specific location in New York City, which since the 2001 terrorist attacks has developed extensive programs to investigate and respond to terrorist threats against the city.
“No city is better prepared to protect against terrorist attack,” Bratton said.
“We understand it is the goal of terrorists to intimidate and disrupt our democratic society,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We will not submit. It’s crucial that people go about their normal business recognizing the NYPD is providing extraordinary protection for the people of this city.”
“One thing that ISIS understands almost better than terrorism is marketing,” said John Miller, NYPD deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism. “What you saw last night was a commercial. It was meant to sell a product. The product is fear. Could it happen here? Of course it could, but that’s because it could happen anywhere. Are we better prepared here than most if not all other places? The answer to that is yes.”
h/t: N.Y. Post