Friday, September 9, 2011

Former NYPD cop: Keep security high after 9/11


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By GARY BAUMGARTEN
A current credible threat over a possible terrorist attack targeting New York City and/or Washington, DC coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks has prompted a ratcheting up of police security in both cities. But a former NYPD officer who now consults on counterterrorism issues tells News Talk Online on the Paltalk News Network that this level of security should remain in place after 9/11.
Gary Moskowitz says that there are always threats to the homeland and that terrorists could strike at any time.
Moskowitz says the United States needs to follow the example of Israel, and maintain strict security all the time. That includes, he says, better training police officers across the nation to be able to spot and prevent potential threats. As well as an education campaign for the general public.
He also says that greater cooperation with the Muslim community is needed, because that’s where most of the terrorist threats originate. Obviously, he says, the people who live in that community are in the best position to spot suspicious behavior.
Moskowitz gives high marks to the NYPD for its counterterrorism surveillance of suspected fanatics in the Muslim community. He says that while the department strives to strike a balance between prudent investigations and protection of civil rights, sometimes the lines are difficult to maintain.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Garry. Back in winter 2001 you interviewed me for a CNN Radio item about Abdu Malahi, one of two WTC Marriott employees victims of the 9/11 attacks. Abdu was my boss at the Marriott and a friend. He was from Yemen, I from Israel. Is there any way I can listen to that interview, or read its transcript? Sorry about commenting here, I could not find a way to contact you otherwise on the blog.

Gary Baumgarten said...

I remember that interview!

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