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FBI Beefs Up Presence in 3 Major U.S. Cities Ahead of New Year’s Eve

new york city3 cabsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal authorities are heightening security in several highly populated locations on New Year’s Eve after President Obama said a threat overseas may involve three American cities, The Source reports. 

During a security briefing, President Obama was warned of possible targets that include New York, Los Angeles and Washington.

The FBI is beefing up its presence in some of the 24-hour command centers around the country.

FBI: 3 Men Plotted Attack on Muhammad Cartoon Contest for Months

Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The three men accused of plotting an attack at a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas had been making plans for months.

The men were friends outside of a Phoenix mosque lighting off fireworks during a New Year’s Eve celebration when authorities said they expressed a desire to make pipe bombs, the Associated Press reports.

Two of them were killed in a shootout outside of the cartoon contest, and a third, Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem, was arrested last week in Phoenix.

Now investigators are trying to determine whether anyone else was involved.

Behind-the-Scenes Look at FBI Providing Counterterrorism Security at Times Square

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

While more than one billion people tuned in to watch the ball drop at Times Square on New Year’s eve, a massive counterterrorism operation was underway.

CBS News went behind the scenes to see how the FBI keeps the city safe during one of the busiest nights of the year.

“It’s a nice target – a lot of media, a lot of cameras – to expose the world to whatever some insane person has got planned. It’s a target,” said Randall Derouin of the FBI.

A SWAT team was position in an underground garage. More than 100 FBI agents helped with security. And a bomb squad was on hand.

FBI: No Known Terrorist Plots Aimed at Times Square on New Year’s Eve

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

With just hours to go before the ball drops, the FBI in New York says  it knows of no credible terrorist threats involving the traditional New Year’s Eve celebration in Manhattan’s famed Times Square.

“While there’s no credible threat, the FBI and NYPD, as they do every year, will have a large security effort in and around Times Square,” FBI agent Richard Kolko, a spokesman for the New York office, told AOL News.

Kolko said the FBI and New York police will have fully operational control centers and teams of bomb techs to respond to suspicious packages. Hazmat and SWAT teams, evidence techs and hostage negotiators will also be on hand.

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