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'New York still at risk of al Qaeda's attack'

The NY police chief said the federal govt and state authorities are very much aware of the threat and are on alert.

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Updated:August 1, 2011, 2:05 PM IST
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'New York still at risk of al Qaeda's attack'
The NY police chief said the federal govt and state authorities are very much aware of the threat and are on alert.

Washington: The New York City continues to be at the risk of a terror attack even after the killing of al Qaeda's longtime chief Osama bin Laden, the city police chief has said.

"The elimination of Osama bin Laden was an important milestone, but not a game-changer. We're still very much at risk," New York City Police Chief Ray Kelly told the ABC news in an interview yesterday.

"We're concerned, as we get closer to the 9/11 memorial, because we know Osama bin Laden spoke about that date twice in the last two-year period," he said.

He was apparently referring to the information obtained from the materials seized from the Abbottabad residence of bin Laden, in which the al Qaeda leader was reportedly planning to have a major terrorist attack on New York City on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

"The federal government, local and state authorities are very much aware of the threat and are on alert," he said.

Kelly said the New York City Police Department has a task force in its intelligence division that looks at white supremacist/anti-government groups and individuals.

"In fact, just a few days before the Norway massacre, we had a teleconference with our century partners, this is 100 law enforcement agencies in the northeast quadrant of the country and that was the specific subject. We talked about certain groups and individuals that we're concerned about," he said.

"We're not going to have job-killing tax increases in it. We are going to deal with the problem the American people sent us here to deal with, which is that the government has been spending too much," McConnell said.

A Republican source close to the negotiations was quoted by CNN that the goal is $ 3 trillion in savings, and that the deal would include a $ 2.4 trillion increase in the debt ceiling.

However, the Democrats said that there was no final agreement yet.

"What's clear is that pretty much both parties agree that there's going to be a first stage of deficit reduction, over a trillion dollars," David Plouffe, Senior White House Adviser, told the ABC news in an interview, adding that the details are still being worked out.

"We still have some hard work to do. But it would be inconceivable that we don't. It's clear that it's hurting consumer confidence, business confidence. We have to remove this specter," he said.

"The debt ceiling has been raised dozens of times over the last couple decades. It has to be raised again. And, again, let's remember what we're talking about here. These are bills that Congress already put on the credit card. They're required to pay for them," the top Obama aide said.

The third-ranking Democrat in the Senate, Chuck Schumer of New York said that the mood on Capitol Hill is "relief that we won't default."

"There is no final agreement. Nobody has signed off on a final agreement. So it's premature to talk about any specifics. The most important thing this morning is if there's a word right here that would sum up the mood, it would be relief, relief that we won't default," he said.

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