Apr 1 2010
Now that the only threat the Obama Administration cares about is Christian Militias, New York City’s MTA has announced it will cut weekend surveillance at vulnerable Verrazano Bridge and Queens-Midtown Tunnel.
Gee, and just a few hours ago, I posted this good news for terrorists: Only about 50% of the security cameras in the subway system are working at any given time
It’s eyes wide shut at two of the city’s main bridges and tunnels.
The MTA has removed weekend security details from the Queens Midtown Tunnel and the Verrazano Bridge, the Daily News learned Monday, just as the Moscow bombers sent New York into a new round of terror jitters.
No longer do MTA Bridges and Tunnels cops man booths at the tunnel exit or on the bridge’s two tower anchorages on Saturdays and Sundays. Instead, the MTA says it has a high-tech surveillance system of cameras and monitors. (See link above)
Security sources familiar with the bridge and tunnel say that is a mistake. “What if a terrorist wants to do something?” said one source. “People walk in all the time – drunk, lost, homeless, cars going the wrong way,” the source said of the tunnel’s unguarded exit. “God forbid someone walks in and wants to plant a bomb.”
There are still many cops at the toll plaza in Queens, but with no plaza in Manhattan, the tube carrying motorists from Queens has been unguarded since the summer, sources told The News. That also leaves vulnerable the tunnel’s ventilation building, which circulates fresh air into the tubes and must remain unlocked at all times so commmuters can escape in an emergency.
The Manhattan building can be accessed by walking down toward the tube, or by someone who stops their vehicle in the tunnel and uses the catwalk. “Whatever is in a dirty bomb would be easy to spread,” a second source said. “If we have someone there we could get there quicker than whoever they’re going to send if they see it on video.”
A blow to the bridge would cripple city commerce, as some 9,000 trucks use the Verrazano each day, second only to the 15,000 that drive over the George Washington Bridge, a third security source said. The MTA disputed the notion that cutbacks have diminished security. (Just like ObamaCare won’t diminish heathcare services)
“[Bridges and Tunnels] has a fully-integrated electronic security system at select locations,” MTA spokeswoman Judie Glave said. “That system is monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by our operations personnel and a response plan is in place.”
And while there have been no major incidents since the cutbacks, the changes may have cost one stricken motorist his life. Thompson Suh, 68, had a heart attack and crashed into a wall as he emerged from the Manhattan-bound Midtown Tunnel the afternoon of Feb. 27. An ambulance wound up in Queens and had to make a U-turn back into Manhattan because there was no officer to guide the EMS crew or stop traffic so it could get to Suh, sources told The News. NY DAILY NEWS