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Obama to Lay Wreath at Ground Zero

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

President Barack Obama will attend a wreath-laying ceremony at Ground Zero today and meet with families of September 11 victims and first responders during his visit.

Obama is set to visit the World Trade Center site on Thursday following his announcement that Osama bin Laden was killed in a raid by U.S. Navy SEALs.

The NYPD's heightened security following the death of the terror mastermind will remain in place least through the president's visit to the World Trade Center site Thursday. 

There are no specific threats against the city, but officials are concerned "disciples" of the terror mastermind may attempt to stage an attack, authorities said.

Since bin Laden was killed, the NYPD has been on alert for suspicious packages at landmarks and elsewhere. They have also been working overtime to provide more security in subways during the rush-hours.

In an interview with WNYC, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said New York City still remains a No. 1 target for terrorists.

"We have to be alert for a potential attack based on the death of bin Laden and we are," Kelly told WNYC during an interview in Lower Manhattan on Monday.

"New York is the No. 1 target. That's the stark reality. This is seen as the most important city in the world to these types of terrorists, so I don't see that changing as a result of the death of bin Laden."

The commissioner said New Yorkers can expect a greater police presence at major transport hubs and additional bag screenings in the subways.

With the Associated Press

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Comments [5]

Hyaphilo from NYC

I agree with all the comments made here about Bush II and his staying away from the wreath laying today What a very nice smile President Obama had on his face on the front page of the New York Post, though.

May. 05 2011 09:18 AM
Marc Stager from Manhattan

Osama Bin Laden and the Taliban shared a common faith in Muslim fundamentalism, but the Taliban itself did not participate in the 9/11 attacks. They provided a safe haven for Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, bought by OBL's fortune with which he had built hospitals and terrorist training grounds. But by 2000, most of his wealth had run dry but he remained a close friend to Mullah Omar, spiritual leader and head of the Taliban.

In 2000-2001, Afghanistan had its most crippling drought in 30 years, threatening some 4 million Afghans with famine. The US sent Afghanistan $400 million in drought relief.

Shortly after 9/11/01, Mullah Omar, faced with the possibility of attack and the loss of US dollars, offered up Bin Laden but with the condition that we could prove he was behind the attacks.

Bush refused to talk with him so he refused to hand over Bin Laden.

We might have had Osama Bin Laden without shedding a drop of blood.

But, instead, Bush invaded Afghanistan, and let Bin Laden and his Al Qaeda gang escape to Pakistan. Their escape increased their stature among the Sunni fundamentalists and Al Qaeda grew more powerful.

Later, Bush invaded Iraq, knowing full well that UN investigators had found no WMDs in Iraq and strongly opposed the move.

While Bin Laden was the mastermind of the murder of some 3000 Americans on 9/11 and other atacks, Bush's stupidity and lies killed far more. He is a war criminal and should be brought to trial ASAP.

May. 04 2011 01:15 PM
Paul J. Bosco from Manhattan

Until I amp up my on-line sobriquet, I do not feel worthy to add to a comments page kicked off by the auspicious likes of "Agent Provacateur from NJ" and "Wally Ballou from Me to You." I will not even observe that Bush can't show his face anywhere, in NYC or worldwide, for fear of protests. Brave fellow, ain't he!

May. 04 2011 11:52 AM
Agent Provacateur from NJ

Wally - I voted against the man twice, a fact that I want duly noted in my eulogy, but I have to give him at least some small credit for being more classy than the current crops of Republicans snarks, like Palin who can't even mention President Obama in their praise for a successful mission.

That Bush II wants to remain out of the spotlight is commendable. If only Donald Trump was so inclined (sigh).

May. 04 2011 10:33 AM
Wally Balloo from me to you

I have always had a tremendous dislike of George W. Bush. As time has gone by, however, I see him more as a pathetic figure. He never was really more than a straw man, who did what he was told by others. An empty suit, a hollow figure, who never really held any power. Now that he has been left on his own, we see that he has nothing to contribute.

May. 04 2011 10:14 AM

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