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    Joint Terrorism Task Force Raids Homes In New York Terror Probe

    September 14, 2009 by Homeland Security NTARC News

    UPDATE 2:18pm PST: Al Qaeda Suspect Tracked to New York Over the Weekend, Met with Possible Followers

    Authorities raided properties in New York City today in an effort that was intended to disrupt the plans of a terror suspect whose travels had been tracked by the FBI, according to an official briefed on the raids.

    “He was being watched and concern grew as he met with a group of individuals in Queens over the weekend,” said Congressman Pete King (R-NY). “The FBI went to court late last night for an emergency warrant to conduct the raids this morning.” A resident in the neighborhood said there was police activity around 2 a.m. Monday.

    Source – Brian Ross ABC News

    UPDATE 1:48pm PST: – Two U.S. intelligence officials, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case publicly, said the target of any purported attack, or who would carry it out, remained unclear. Authorities have not found any weapons ready for use, such as a bomb, that would indicate an attack was imminent, they said. Nevertheless, one of the officials called the threat very real and emphasized the urgency of the threat. Source – WCBS Radio

    UPDATE 1:40pm PST: NYPD and FBI, citing ‘activity’ Sunday night, raided the residences in Queens as part of joint anti-terror probe.

    Original Post

    Law enforcement agents have raided several homes in New York City as part of a terrorism probe, and are preparing to brief Congress about the investigation later today. A NYPD spokesman confirms that searches were conducted in the borough of Queens on Monday by agents of a joint terrorism task force.

    Additional Reports

    From NY1

    Homes in Queens were raided earlier today in connection with an ongoing FBI investigation, the New York City Police Department confirms.

    The NYPD says one of the residences is located on 147th Street between Parsons and 41st Avenue in Flushing, Queens.

    The Associated Press reports that the investigation is terrorism-related but neither the FBI nor the NYPD will confirm those claims.

    The FBI says several criminal search warrants were issued but no arrests have been made at this time.

    "It's part of an ongoing investigation, normal procedure," said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly during a press conference earlier today.

    According to the AP, officials are said to be preparing to brief Congress about the investigation.

    Senator Chuck Schumer says the raids appear to be part of a preventative procedure and that there is no indication of an imminent threat.

    From Reuters

    New York City police are conducting an investigation into suspected terrorism in the borough of Queens, a spokesman said on Monday. “There was activity in Queens last night by the NYPD and the FBI that was part of an ongoing joint terrorism taskforce investigation,” Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said.
    Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
    Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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