On Wednesday afternoon, the terrorist group ISIS, known for its frequent and effective use of social media, uploaded yet another video. Only this time, it included images of Times Square in New York City with its threats. CBS News is reporting that the New York City Police Department has received intelligence on the video. The city’s police Deputy Commissioner of Public Information Stephen Davis said Wednesday:
“While some of the video footage is not new, the video reaffirms the message that New York City remains a top terrorist target. “While there is no current or specific threat to the City at this time, we will remain at a heightened state of vigilance and will continue to work with the FBI, the Joint Terrorism Task Force and the entire intelligence community to keep the City of New York safe. In addition, we are continuing to deploy additional Critical Response Command (CRC) teams throughout the City, out of an abundance of caution.”
The FBI, is, of course, aware of the situation, and the organization said in a statement that there is no specific articulable threat to the city at this time.” The statement went on to assure the public that the Joint Terrorism Task Force “continues to vigilantly work with NYPD and our other law enforcement partners to keep our community safe and fully investigate any threat information.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio warned against creating mass hysteria with the release of this video on the heels of the attacks in Paris, as that is the goal of groups like ISIS:
“Stoking fear is the goal of terrorist organizations, but New York City will not be intimidated. 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.”
Hopefully, de Blasio is right, along with the FBI, and there are no real threats at this time. Still, though, ISIS has more than shown what its militants are capable of, and there’s no such thing as being too careful.
The video in question opened featuring shots of Francois Holland, the President of France. It also included shots of Times Square, Midtown, and other well-known areas of New York City. The shots of the city were spliced with what appeared to be an ISIS fighter working with explosives. While there were no direct threats, the message here is loud and clear.
Watch a video news report on these developments below, courtesy of PIX11:
Featured image via video screen capture from CBS News