The corporate media and the New York cops insist a new video supposedly released by the Islamic State portends a threat to America’s largest city.
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) November 19, 2015
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 18, 2015
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) November 18, 2015
“We are aware of the newly-released ISIS video that mentions Times Square. While some of the video footage is not new, the video reaffirms the message that New York City remains a top terrorist target,” the NYPD said in a statement.
The video with a French voiceover does not specifically threaten New York or any other city, although the it includes clips of Times and Herald Square, yellow cabs, and a TGI Friday’s.
“Stoking fear is the goal of terrorist organizations, but New York City will not be intimidated,” said New York Mayor Bill de Blasio in response to the video. “The NYPD is the most capable police force in the country, with a robust counterterrorism operation that was just strengthened with an investment of 500 additional officers. While Times Square and Herald Square appear in the video, the NYPD in conjunction with all of our partners are taking all necessary security precautions in these areas and areas across the City. New Yorkers won’t live in fear and people should continue to go to work, live their lives, and enjoy the greatest city in the world.”
Do New Yorkers actually “live in fear” of an anonymous video that does not issue a specific threat?
In July Air Force Gen. Paul Selva told the Senate Armed Services Committee the Islamic State is the least-threatening group to the U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford said pretty much the same the week before.
The endless propaganda, however, seems to be working.
Around the time Selva made his remarks, a Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 68% of Likely U.S. Voters think ISIS is a Very Serious threat to the United States.
— CBSN (@CBSNLive) November 19, 2015
Watch the video above and determine on your own if it represents a threat requiring a “heightened state of vigilance” and the deployment of “Critical Response Command (CRC) teams throughout the City, out of an abundance of caution” or if it is merely more overblown propaganda pablum designed to jack up the fear level and scare up consensus for another pointless and exorbitantly expensive war.