Tuesday, September 27, 2011
NYPD stocked with weapons to derail another terror attack
The NYPD's arsenal is stocked with other deadly goodies specifically designed to derail a terror attack, Mayor Bloomberg said Monday.
What kind? He's not saying.
"The New York City Police Department has lots of capabilities that you don't know about and won't know about," Bloomberg said.
But even that is no guarantee that New York is completely protected from another 9/11-type attack.
"There's not any one technology, not any one weapon," he said. "You are not likely to have the same kind of attack the next time."
Bloomberg was barraged with questions about NYPD's defense capabilities a day after the city's top cop told "60 Minutes" they have the means to blast a terror plane out of the sky.
"Do you mean to say that the NYPD has the means to take down an aircraft?" asked Scott Pelley.
"Yes, I prefer not to get into the details, but obviously this would be in a very extreme situation," Kelly answered.
"You have the equipment and the training?" the CBS interviewer asked.
"Yes," Kelly said.
The Daily News first reported the revamping of the NYPD's aviation fleet in 2005 - including a Bell 412 helicopter that could fly as high as 3,000 feet for stealth surveillance of the city.
The News also reported then that the city had Agusta 119s armed with .50-caliber semiautomatic rifles that could blast large moving objects like boats, planes or tractor-trailers from hundreds of yards away.
It was unclear last night just how much the city has advanced its capabilities since The News' 2005 report, but Kelly's confirmation came as no shock to City Councilman Peter Vallone, head of the Council's Public Safety Committee.
"I'm not surprised in the slightest," said Vallone (D-Queens). "One of the lessons we learned on 9/11 is we can't rely on the federal government. The FBI failed us. The CIA failed us."
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