“War is deceit,” Muhammad said, and this tactic would stretch resources thin and tempt residents to take the suspicious packages less seriously until an actual bomb went off among the decoys. “Jihadi Web site asks supporters to plant fake bombs in New York City,” by Alison Gendar for the New York Daily News, June 8:
They want to kill us, but in the meantime, terrorists may just mess with our heads.
Psychological jihad is part of the package. Muhammad also said: “I have been made victorious with terror.” And Qur’an 8:60 commands believers to “strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah.”
A well-known jihadi Web site called on supporters to plant fake bombs in the city to wreak havoc, exhaust law enforcement and lure New Yorkers into complacency, an FBI alert says.
Local FBI and NYPD sources downplayed the internal report, which was issued out of the FBI’s Field Office Intelligence Division in Washington.
“We handle hundreds of false alarms each week, and have for years, and still managed to react quickly when the real thing happens,” said an NYPD source.
The alert was part of a routine internal bulletin. FBI sources said the city has a strong system in place to handle suspicious packages.
In the week after the failed May 1 Times Square car bombing, the number of calls to the NYPD for suspicious packages topped more than 140 a day, compared with 80 to 90 a day in the days before the attack.