Is the NYPD really going to risk further charges of “Islamophobia” by investigating this? “NYPD investigating image on Al Qaeda forums as possible threat to New York City,” by Rocco Parascandola and Sarah Armaghan for the New York Daily News, April 2:
The NYPD Intelligence Division’s cyber unit is investigating the origin and significance of the graphic that appeared Monday on Arabic-language al Qaeda forums.
The NYPD Intelligence Division’s cyber unit is investigating the origin and significance of the graphic that appeared Monday on Arabic-language Al Qaeda forums.
A graphic featuring the New York skyline and posted on terrorism websites blares a chilling message in bold letters: “Al Qaeda coming soon again in New York.”
The NYPD and the FBI are scrambling to locate the source of the message and trying to figure out whether it’s a credible threat or a sick taunt.
The 3-D images spotted on Al Qaeda Internet forums Monday show the letters scrawled across a city street, as a father and son stroll by in amazement.
“It’s something we”re looking into,” said NYPD spokesman Paul Browne. “We”re trying to determine the origins of it. We take all things like this seriously.”
The graphic appeared on several Arabic-language sites including gulfup.com, Browne said.
Cops believe that it was posted by an Egyptian writer who regularly uses the Internet to spread propaganda about the terror network. The logo was posted in the “artwork and design” section on that particular web page, Browne said.
“We”ve done an analysis. He’s not an American. We”re leaning toward (him being) an Egyptian, using Arabic, to create communications on this site,” said Browne.
The feds are looking into the graphic as well.
“The FBI”s Joint Terrorism Task Force is aware of the posting and investigating its authenticity and origin,” the bureau said in a statement. “The FBI takes all threats seriously and there is no specific or credible threat to New York at this time.”…
Faisal Shahzad, a Connecticut man trained by Al Qaeda overseas parked a bomb-laden Nissan Pathfinder in Times Square, hoping to kill hundreds of people….
A “Connecticut man.” Yep. Just as easily could have been Joe Lieberman.