“Thousands of law enforcement officers in New York will spend July 4 trying to prevent a terror attack that could come from supporters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller called it one of their biggest operations ever. The news is “How is NYC preparing for potential July 4 terror threat,” reported CBS News.
“I think if you look at history, they’re looking at big events, they’re looking at symbolic dates. They’re looking at military, police, intelligence,” Miller said Thursday on “CBS This Morning.”
CBS News senior security contributor Mike Morell said Monday the FBI and Department of Homeland Security’s warning of a potential July 4 attack is “nothing routine.”
Miller said he would not be surprised if there was an attack in the U.S. over the weekend, but said he would be surprised if it happened in New York.
“If you are a terrorist group, you’re doing your assessment, you would probably pick a target that wasn’t as hard when you understand what we’re deploying against that,” Miller said.
What they’re deploying, according to Miller, is “an excess of 7,000” police officers, in addition to those patrolling the rest of the city.
“There aren’t other police departments that can do that,” he said.
In their effort to prevent an attack, Miller said NYPD officers are trained to look for anomalies in people’s behavior, cues that distinguish a criminal from a regular spectator.”
The role of citizens is to be vigilant and mindful of threats as they enjoy the Fourth of July.