The YouTube video seems to have been pulled, but you can see it here. The decapitation is — probably purposefully — reminiscent of the videotaped Pearl and Berg decapitations. And certainly the messages are consistent with those of jihadists worldwide.
A prank? Or jihadist braggadocio in New York City? No telling, but one thing is certain: there are people who believe this way in the United States, and in New York City, right now.
“‘Liberty’ Beheaded In Video,” by Philip Messing for the New York Post, July 9 (thanks to Cannonball):
…The YouTube video, which the NYPD is investigating, ends with the slogan “Death to America” appearing on the screen….
The Fiberglas statue, which stands 8 feet tall and weighs 200 pounds, until June 21 stood outside the Vox Pop shop on Cortelyou Road in Ditmas Park.
As Liberty’s head is being sawed off in the video, the words, “We don’t want your freedom” are flashed on the screen.
You can see the video here.