Members of the New York Police Department (NYPD) guard the entrance of a restaurant in New York as Occupy Wall Street demonstrators march along 42nd Street to protest various businesses during May Day on May 1, 2012.
A new report has punched holes in claims by New York Police Department about the scope of its counterterrorism activities in the city since 9/11 incident.
The fact-check published by Huffington Post newspaper on Wednesday said that the NYPD has overstated its counterterrorism record by claiming that terrorists have “attempted to kill New Yorkers in 14 different plots.”
"We have the best police department in the world and I think they show that every single day and we have stopped 14 attacks since 9/11 fortunately without anybody dying," claimed New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in March.
In a blow to the NYPD’s claims, the report said that “a review of the list shows a much more complicated reality-- that the 14 figure overstates both the number of serious, developed terrorist plots against New York and exaggerates the NYPD's role in stopping attacks.”
“The list includes two and perhaps three clear-cut terrorist plots, including a failed attempt to bomb Times Square by a Pakistani-American in 2010 that the NYPD did not stop,” it said.
The report added that “government informants” and not the NYPD officers have played a key role in thwarting the alleged terrorist plots.
“Of the 11 other cases, there are three in which government informants played a significant or dominant role (by, for example, providing money and fakes bombs to future defendants); four cases whose credibility or seriousness has been questioned by law enforcement officials, including episodes in which skeptical federal officials declined to bring charges; and another four cases in which an idea for a plot was abandoned or not pursued beyond discussion,” it said.
The newspaper said that the NYPD did not respond to requests for comment on the list of 14 alleged plots and how it was assembled.