Transcript: Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s remarks on the Boston terrorists’ stated intent to attack New York City
Transcript of remarks by Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the Boston terrorists’ stated intent to attack New York City at a press briefing on April 25, 2013:
Good afternoon. I’m joined here in City Hall by Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
Ten days ago, our city and nation received a horrific reminder that we remain targets for terrorists. Immediately upon news of the explosions in Boston, we fully mobilized the New York City Police Department’s vast counterterrorism operations – because we thought there was a possibility that there could be a related attack here.
We now know that that possibility was – in fact – all too real. Last night, we were informed by the FBI that the surviving attacker revealed that New York City was next on their list of targets.
He told the FBI apparently that he and his brother had intended to drive to New York and detonate additional explosives in Times Square. They had built those additional explosives, and we know they had the capacity to carry out the attacks.
If, God forbid, they had arrived in New York City and gone to Times Square, one thing’s for sure, they would have seen an enormous police presence. But they would not have seen the extensive network of cameras that are part of our security initiative, and which can help police identify suspicious movements, such as a package left unattended on the street.
The investments we’ve made in counterterrorism operations, technology, and intelligence help reduce the possibility of a successful terrorist strike, but they certainly do not eliminate it. Nothing can do that.
We don’t know if we would have been able to stop the terrorists, had they arrived here from Boston, we’re just thankful we didn’t have to find out that answer.
And as a result of the extraordinary work of the Watertown, Massachusetts Police Department, the Boston Police Department, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and other law enforcement agencies the terrorists were stopped before they could carry out further attacks, though not before sadly murdering an MIT police officer, Sean Collier, and wounding others.
The role that surveillance cameras played in identifying the suspects was absolutely essential to saving lives – both in Boston, and now we know, here in New York City as well. We’ve made major investments in camera technology – notwithstanding the objections of some special interests. And the attacks in Boston I think demonstrate just how valuable those cameras can be.
We’ve been able to make these investments – and many others – with support from the federal government, and I did want to thank Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and President Obama for recognizing that homeland security funding should be based on threat, and threat alone – not pork barrel politics.
The fact is, New York City remains a prime target for those who hate America and want to kill Americans. The attacks in Boston – and the news that New York City was next on the terrorists’ list – shows just how critical it is for the federal government to devote resources to high-risk areas.
It also shows just how crucial it is for the NYPD to continue to expand its counterterrorism capabilities and intelligence gathering activities.
- NYC.gov: Video of Mayor Bloomberg’s press conference on April 25, 2013
- WhatTheFolly.com: Tsarnaev brothers planned to bomb NYC’s Times Square
- WhatTheFolly.com: Transcript: Police Commissioner Ray Kelly’s remarks on the Boston terrorists’ stated intent to attack New York City
- WhatTheFolly.com: Boston Marathon bombings
- WhatTheFolly.com: Feds cite public safety exception for temporarily revoking Tsarnaev’s Miranda rights
- WhatTheFolly.com: Timeline of the Boston Marathon bombings & the Watertown manhunt
- WhatTheFolly.com: Arsenal of explosives suggests Tsarnaev brothers may have planned more bombings