Thursday, October 13, 2005

Cronyism Runs Deep....Into Your Life It Will Creep

Women and children first? Not when "friends" get the heads-up before anyone else. From the NY Daily News:
The city's rich and well-connected were tipped off to last week's subway terror threat days before average New Yorkers, the Daily News has learned.

At least two E-mails revealing the purported plot were sent to a select crowd of business and arts executives early last week by New Yorkers who claimed to have close connections to Homeland Security and other federal officials, authorities said.

The NYPD confirmed that it learned of the E-mails on Oct. 3 - three days before Mayor Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and the FBI went public with the threat.

"I have just received a most disturbing call from one of my oldest friends from growing up in Washington," one E-mail began. "He called with a very specific caution to not enter or use the New York City subway system from Oct. 7 through 10th."

A second E-mail sounded a similar ominous tone: "As some of you know my father works for Homeland Security, at a very high position and receives security briefings on a daily basis.

"The only information that I can pass on is that everyone should at all costs not ride the subway for the next two weeks in major areas of NYC."

One of the E-mails was dated Oct. 3 with a 6:05 p.m. time stamp, about 90 minutes before Bloomberg was fully briefed on the threat, a police source said.

The early warning infuriated several police officials, who noted that Homeland Security officials had challenged the credibility of the threat after the city and FBI warned the public.

"We're briefing the mayor, ratcheting up security, talking about when to go public - and Homeland Security is downplaying the whole thing while their people are telling friends to stay out of the subways," a police source said. "It's pretty bad."
Charming, eh?


Anonymous Anonymous said...


10/13/2005 1:47 PM  
Anonymous semper fubar said...

This reminds me of an episode from Curb Your Enthusiasm when Wanda Sykes passes on a tip from her relative in Homeland Security to Larry & Cheryl about a terrorist attack in LA. Merry mayhem ensues.

Maybe that's where they got the idea.

I mean, this country IS being run by comedy writers, isn't it? That's the only explanation I can come up with.

10/13/2005 2:26 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

Heh. I actually got word of it in advance from a friend whose father works for DHS. I got juice baby.

-Eric Martin

10/13/2005 3:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It does make you wonder about purported warnings of 9/11 that people in NYC allegedly received.
What do you think about that?

10/13/2005 3:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That doesn't make sense. Really. It sounds much more like a very elaborate publicity stunt to draw attention away from Bush and Rove.

"I heard the news today, oh boy, about a lucky man who..."

10/13/2005 5:04 PM  
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