Federal law enforcement has announced a “credible” although not specific terror threat faces America over the Christmas holiday.
On Tuesday law enforcement told a New York television station top brass of the NYPD held an emergency meeting to discuss the threat and a response to it. No details about the threat were provided.
A subsequent post of on the threat was amended after NYPD officials denied a report, based on sources, that there was a “credible threat.”
PIX11 said New Yorkers could expect “to see increased police presence at iconic locations across multiple boroughs, including Times Square, St. Patrick’s Cathedral for Midnight Mass on Thursday, and Barclays Center in Brooklyn, marking the first time a threat has sparked a swell of police presence in a borough other than Manhattan.”
New York has remained on high alert since the November 13 attack in Paris. Following the attack a video appeared on the internet showing New York locations, including Times Square, a GAP in Herald Square, T.G.I. Friday’s and yellow taxi cabs on city streets.
On December 17 Obama said Americans should feel safe in America. He said the United States remains free from “specific and credible” threats over the holiday season.
The statement was made during a rare visit to the National Counterterrorism Center in Tysons Corner, Virginia. The president usually receives briefing on holiday season terror threats in the White House Situation room.
Obama later said the media is being “played” by the Islamic State and is “pursuing ratings” and blowing the terror threat out of proportion.
The president was criticized by House Speaker Paul Ryan’s office on Monday for making the statement.