NYPD Intel

Monday, January 30, 2012

Mitchell Silber, director of Intelligence Analysis for the New York Police Department and author of The Al Qaeda Factor: Plots Against the West, looks at the role of Al Qaeda in past U.S. attacks and what that implies for preventing future plots.


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Comments [23]

omutunde from hamilton heights

thank god someone is looking out for the safety and well being of nyers of all races and religions...

radical islamists are butchering black people in nigeria and murdering innocent women and children in 23 other countires at the moment...(ask copts in egypt, or southern sudanese etc...)

i know it's PC for white leftists to timidly whitewash Islamist terror and to somehow blame Israelis or Jews on evertyhing...

it's a silly distraction, not too mention racist...

the fact is islamist extremism is a growing problem and hiding from it justs fans the flames...

Jan. 30 2012 09:30 PM

Hasan like mcveigh was politicized by the US army.
if native americans were still engaged in armed struggle against us-then yes -we too might have to give up some land. So too if mexicans were still engaged in armed struggle over border disputes. Though the indigenous people[arabs as ginrich correctly asserts]oppossed the creation and existence of israel at its inception[created back when the UN was a colonialists club] because they perceived it harmed them-today -all arabs including hamas have said they would accept a 67 border israel.[charlie rose.]Though they and the iranians believe israel is illigitimate[morally wrong]it does not follow that they at this stage want to kill all israelis and dismantle the state. Just like we called the ussr illigitimate and so too red china[taiwan became for us china]and it did not mean we wanted to kill all those people but that the structure of govt. was wrong.And even today native americans may still believe the creation of the US was and still is illigitimate[morally wrong].And our borders too.But all parties have now agreed to the borders and the existence of the US.Peace could be had with the arabs.Israel should return to its 67borders as it is illigal to aquire territory through war.It was illigal to do so back in 67 too. Hence the UN today sides with the palestinian arabs who are now considered occupied and have had there land illigally seized[jerusalem]. If they still resist after a return to 67borders then and only then would you be correct in your claim that they do not want peace but wish to destroy israel.A settle ment both sides can live with [original 1848borders]today would be acceptable as sufficently just by the occupied arabs.Give peace a chance.

Jan. 30 2012 04:47 PM

Amazing comment by Silber, admitting the NYPD provides targeting information for the U.S. drone assasination program. He specifically cited fingering U.S. citizens al-awlaki and samir khan, for death.
That's pretty frightening.
more at

Jan. 30 2012 03:18 PM
fuva18 from Harlemworld

Edward, it's not that I didn't "like" your response. It's that you have NOT responded to the question posed. But I'm giving up on this fruitless exchange.

Jan. 30 2012 01:17 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

fuva, You didn't like my response? I found your claims one-sided and diversionary.

Jan. 30 2012 12:54 PM
fuva from Harlemworld

Non-responsive, Edward. I think you're still confused.

Jan. 30 2012 12:50 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Preventing Islamist terrorism IS a national security issue, and a NYPD issue.

Training NYPD officers is a key part of national security.

Training the public is also a key part of national security - hence the "If you see something, say something" campaign.

Political correctness is what led to the deaths of 13 Americans in Fort Hood by Major Hassan.

Jan. 30 2012 12:41 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

rose1954, If you are against occupation, then when will you leave the Native American land you currently occupy, and where will you go to?

Jan. 30 2012 12:31 PM
fuva from Harlemworld

Edward, I'm ignoring nothing. Obama's attendance to Rev. Right's church is not a national security issue.

Jan. 30 2012 12:25 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

fuva, You are purposely ignoring the elephant in the room.

Islamist inspired terrorism.

Speaking of lying, do you believe that Obama spent 20 years in Rev. Wrights church and never heard anti-American sermons by Rev. Wright?

20 years. He never heard it first hand. Never heard about it from his wife? Never heard it from his fellow parishoners? Never read it in the church newsletter?

Jan. 30 2012 12:16 PM
fuva from Harlemworld

Edward, duh. And you are once again not addressing the concern I'm expressing.
Is Paul Browne's lying here of no consequence?

Jan. 30 2012 12:09 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

fuva, So "The Third Jihad" accurately describes the terrorist threat and the NYPD is tasked with stopping terrorist attacks BEFORE they are executed.

Jan. 30 2012 11:58 AM
fuva from Harlemworld

So, Edward, you provide a link to a wanted sign for Osama? I don't get it. Is your intention to emphasize the reality of the terror threat? If so, I don't require this emphasis. I believe it's real. And to effectively guard against it, we need those on the front lines to be CREDIBLE, which is why Paul browne and Ray Kelly's bold faced LYING is a disservice and LIABILITY. You seem to not get this. Why? Stop confusing the issue here.

Jan. 30 2012 11:51 AM

I support good police work ,including going into mosques if necessary.As public places the police have the right to monitor them if they suspect illigal plots are being hatched there. As for this notion that ideological islam supports killing of civilians-so does americanism and zionism.And christianity has in the past.[just war theory and missionary zeal to say nothing of the inquisition].That aside from osama and his original cadre- most terroist conspiracies emanate from people living in the west -should alert us to the reality that it is indeed we here that are radicalizing muslims and converts to muslims living here-not saudi arabia as the false narrative claims.How many terrrorist plots have actually emanated from people living in the mid east?Seeems like they are radicalized by the west and then go to the mid east for training.[leaving aside armed resistence against american invaders or zionist occupation of land seized illigally in 67].].Seems like we are the breeding ground for terrorism.

Jan. 30 2012 11:48 AM

Mitchell Silber is Jewish. He ignores the real terrorists: The terrorist Israeli government's attacks on the Palestinians.

Jan. 30 2012 11:45 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

fuva and Fool from NYC,

This link is for you.

Jan. 30 2012 11:43 AM
fuva from Harlemworld

Again, the problem with the "Third Jihad" episode is that Paul Browne LIED about the NYPD's screening of the film to trainees (and we don't even know how many veteran officers watched it) and its participation in the film's production. To not be able to trust the NYPD's word about so sensitive a national security issue is a liability for US.

And, of course, the media -- which largely fell down on the reporting of this issue -- has ceased coverage, and we have no attention span, and so this matter will not be adequately addressed.

Jan. 30 2012 11:39 AM
Not Fooled from NYC

The term "Al Qaeda" was first used by the CIA as the code word for all terrorist activity around the world. It was applied to Bin Laden's operation when it fit the propaganda needs of the the multi national corporations to advance their interests in the middle east. Your guest is a propagandist for the multi nationals to justify using US bodies to fight their resource wars around the world and pay for it with the loss of human rights in this country.
Terrorism is anything that threatens Global Corporatism.

Jan. 30 2012 11:36 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

sabrina said:

"This guy is TOTAL PROPOGANDA!!!"


- 9/11
- 1993 bombing of the WTC
- 7/7/05 London transit bombings
- bombing of Pan Am 103
- Bali attacks
- Times Square bombing
- sneaker bomber
- underwear bomber
- death threats against Salman Rushdie
- death threats against Danish cartoonists


Jan. 30 2012 11:34 AM

This guy is TOTAL PROPOGANDA!!! Timely to counter accusations against NYPD and the Muslims, think the training film!!

We have the NYPD police complex to add to the Industrial Military Complex. Give me a break.

Jan. 30 2012 11:27 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Caller samir, When was the last time blacks or hispanics hijacked passenger planes and flew them into buildings?


FBI: Most Wanted Terrorists

Jan. 30 2012 11:20 AM

scare tactics to get us to accept erosion of civil rights and personal freedoms...they attacked us and may want to attack us again cause we are meddling in there affairs and occupying their countries.

Jan. 30 2012 11:16 AM
Cy from NYC

Will you please differentiate between Radical and Extreme? Radical is not negative in any sense.

Jan. 30 2012 11:13 AM

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