December 7, 2013
New York remains on alert after 9/11 anniversary
By Adrián Royo Caldiz.
The ceremony for the 10th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks have come and gone, but for New Yorkers that doesn’t mean the terror threat is going away any time soon. However, as police checkpoints remain in place and people are urged to “remain vigilant,” most locals and visitors carry on with their lives, confident that the police is doing a terrific job.
The extra security added last week around the city after the government announced that they had “credible” intelligence suggesting a possible terrorist attack by al-Qaeda on 9/11, remains in place. Bridges and tunnels are still under tight police control, and random bag checks on the subways are still being conducted by the police.
Times Square, considered by many the heart of the city that never sleeps, is no exception. Especially since not too long ago authorities managed to foil terrorist Faizal Shahzad’s plan to blow a car bomb right in it.
All this, however, is apparently not cause for alarm for the people in the area. Whether they are tourists or locals, they pay little to no attention to the terrorist threat. They willingly stand in while, waiting to go through a checkpoint, open their bags and smile.
“What are you going to do? It’s the way we live now,” a woman says from her car. “It took me 30 minutes to advance two blocks, but if want to get to work I have no choice but to put up with it,” she explains.
Tourists visiting New York also say they feel protected and that they are confident “the police are doing a good job.”
Federal authorities have announced that the extreme levels security will gradually decrease after Monday night, but they are authorities are likely to remain on high alert all week.