NEW YORK — CBS News has learned about a potential terror threat for the day before the election.
Sources told CBS News senior investigative producer Pat Milton that U.S. intelligence has alerted joint terrorism task forces that al Qaeda could be planning attacks in three states for Monday.
It is believed New York, Texas and Virginia are all possible targets, though no specific locations are mentioned. A U.S. law enforcement source briefed on the threat information told CBS News’ Milton that the threat is possibly legitimate and concerning. The source said the threat may be aspirational and hence the lack of specificity. The source said there has been pressure on al Qaeda and its affiliates AQAP and AQIS (al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent) to regain relevance with its mission. Continue reading “Sources: U.S. intel warning of possible al Qaeda attacks in U.S. Monday”
Matt Apuzzo & Adam Goldman The New York Times A federal judge has rejected the settlement of a lawsuit stemming from the New York Police Department’s surveillance of Muslims, saying the proposed deal does not provide enough oversight of an agency that he said had shown a “systemic inclination” to ignore rules protecting free speech and religion. In January, Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, agreed to … Continue reading Judge Rejects Settlement Over New York Police Department’s Surveillance of Muslims
The Justice Department has replaced the New York team of agents and lawyers investigating the death of Eric Garner, officials said, a highly unusual shake-up that could jump-start the long-stalled case and put the government back on track to seek criminal charges. Mr. Garner, 43, died in 2014 on a Staten Island street corner, where two police officers confronted him and accused him of selling untaxed … Continue reading Justice Dept. Shakes Up Inquiry Into Eric Garner Chokehold Case
WHEN IN LAST week’s presidential debate Donald Trump suggested that Muslims in the United States should “report when they see something going on,” he sparked a satirical backlash on Twitter mocking the idea that every Muslim has some secret knowledge of terrorism.
The firestorm surrounding the NYPD’s decision to keep secret the results of disciplinary actions taken against cops has its roots in a case involving officers hired to do work at a construction site and another in which partying off-duty cops pelted a vehicle with eggs.
Now, 40 years after the enactment of a state law protecting such information, there’s a new chapter in the controversy.
EARLIER THIS MONTH, on the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the lower tip of Manhattan was thronged with soldiers in uniform, firefighters marching with photos of lost friends pinned to their backpacks, and tourists bumbling around the new mall at the World Trade Center. Firetrucks and police cars ringed Zuccotti Park and white ribbons adorned the iron fence around the churchyard on Broadway. Trash cans were closed up, with signs announcing “temporary security lockdown.”
So it felt a bit risky to be climbing up a street pole on Wall Street to closely inspect a microwave radar sensor, or to be lingering under a police camera, pointing and gesturing at the wires and antenna connected to it. Yet it was also entirely appropriate to be doing just that, especially in the company of Ingrid Burrington, author of the new book “Networks of New York: An Illustrated Field Guide to Urban Internet Infrastructure,” which points out that many of the city’s communications and surveillance programs were conceived and funded in response to the attacks. Continue reading “A Walking Tour of New York’s Massive Surveillance Network”
J. David Goodman The New York Times All around New York City, cellphones blared on Monday morning with the dissonant, but familiar, tone of an emergency alert. But this time, the alert — typically used for weather-related advisories or abducted children — was different. For what is believed to be the first time, the nation’s Wireless Emergency Alerts system was deployed as an electronic wanted … Continue reading Cellphone Alerts Used in New York to Search for Bombing Suspect