NYC probing web posting about terror threat
April 3rd, 2012
03:12 PM ET

NYC probing web posting about terror threat

By Chris Kokenes

Gotham's top cop on Tuesday said authorities are looking into the possibility that an Egyptian writer may have been responsible for an online posting that pictured a New York cityscape with the words "Al Qaeda. Coming Soon Again in New York."

"The use of language indicated that," said New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. "Its many different dialects in Arabic and our analysts thought that this was Egyptian in nature."

He said that the graphic image, which surfaced Monday on a few jihadist Web forums and featured the words in the English, did not coincide with any specific online chatter about a potential threat and that it was unclear whether one or multiple individuals was responsible for the posting.

"The Internet is, as we used to say, is the new Afghanistan," Kelly told reporters. "That's where training happens. That where radicalization happens. It's become a very valuable tool to the terrorists."

Still, FBI spokesman J. Peter Donald said that while his agency was also investigating, "there is no specific or credible threat to New York at this time."

"The NYPD Intelligence Division's cyberunit is investigating the origin and significance of the graphic," said police spokesman Paul Browne said earlier Tuesday. "Until more is learned about their origin, we take all threats against New York City seriously."

The posting comes just months after the 10 year anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington.

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  15. Skorpio

    There is no need to surf the web to find these terrorist threats, just watch ANY Muslim cleric preaching in ANY Middle Eastern TV Station to see the threats to America. Any stupid and/or moronic intelligence officer can see and hear the evidence.

    April 5, 2012 at 11:10 am | Reply

    THEY NEVER LEFT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  18. i am sam

    Israel is a proven terrorist state, that has carried out aggressive actions against their own allies, not to mention innocent civillians.

    White phosphorous...

    Bomblets in lebannon..

    And AIPACS enourmous influence in American politics.

    That is the face of true terrorism.

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  19. Michael

    Best way to handle this sort of threat is to make it illegal to be an Egyptian. Then again, 9 1 1 were Saudi and we attacked Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemem, that means that Zambia, Cambodia and Luxemburg and maybe we should includd Sweden, to be on tha safe side.

    April 3, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Reply
  20. i am sam

    [QUOTE who="Faith"]Because Israel is a responsible and rational nation and Iran is a terroristic, crackpot theocracy. [/QUOTE]

    Israel is a proven terrorist state, that has carried out aggressive actions against their own allies, not to mention innocent civillians.

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    April 3, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Reply
    • Hard truth

      Still I would rather support "THEM', rather than support "ISLAM", for the obvious reason that 95% of world terrorism is due to Muslim followers of Islam. You're fighting against what you perceive as your worst enemy, the USA, that has religious freedom, when China that controls all religion inside its borders will one day wipe you out. The example is that it’s against the Constitution of the USA to ban any religion, where in China the government can simply say it’s forbidden. Did you ever think of that?

      April 9, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Reply

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    April 3, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Reply
  22. Capt. Obvious

    Attacking new york again is a bad idea. time to start putting NSA agents in New York and smoke this little bastard out

    April 3, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Reply
  23. mipilitic

    NO MATTER WHAT , whoever is doing this junk , they should be charged under a terrorist law and recieve five years before court starts.
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