Regarding the flap over raising the terror alert in NYC, and the reasons for it: Thanks to the feds for passing along the info, but thanks to NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly even more for acting on it. Shame on the DHS bureaucrats for "pooh-pooh"-ing NYC's reaction.
Especially after Katrina, the DHS ought to be glad that one area takes a warning seriously. My fiance takes the subway through midtown Manhattan every day, giving me a somewhat more personal interest in this story.
It's also interesting to note that the third guy at the press conference, besides Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly, was the NY reigon FBI representative. The DHS comments sound more to me like a turf war, with the FBI being subserviant to DHS. The NYPD, however, is not, in this case. Let's all hope this bureaucratic BS won't stop the DHS from sharing info with the FBI, or local jurisdictions in the future. That kind of crap caused 9/11.
A funny footnote: The local FOX broadcast station got hoaxed by a guy claiming that a bomb was recovered on the subway. When asked "what kind of bomb." he replied "Howard Stern's ballsack." The anchor reportedly asked him more than one one follow-up question, before someone in the studio realized it was a prank. Ya gotta love those TV anchors, just as sharp as a tack. NOT!
(Hat tip to Jasmine for the footnote, and to Anna for passing it on to me.)
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UPDATE: I'M STILL PROUD OF COMMISSIONER KELLY, EVEN IF THE INFO WAS A "HOAX," AS REPORTED. MAYBE EVEN MORE SO, THAT HE HAD THE BALLS TO MAKE THE ANNOUNCEMENT, WITH THE FEDS UNDERSTANDABLY BEING SHAKY ON THEIR INFO. GOOD JOB, RAY!