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New York terrorist attack: Who else knew in advance about it?

Sayfullo Saipov, 29, said he intended to kill as many people as possible and “felt good” about mowing people down on a bicycle path, authorities said. (CBS screenshot)

After Tuesday’s terrorist attack in New York City that left eight people dead and several others injured, we heard words of wisdom from New York City Mayor, Bill De Blasio and New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo.

Do politicians ever think before they speak?

They open their mouths with comments that make them look even dumber than they are.

Both guys are as corrupt as it gets, but that’s another story.

De Blasio said it was a cowardly act against innocent civilians.

Really Mr. Mayor, thank you for that revelation. All terrorist acts are cowardly and targeted against innocent civilians.

Cuomo told New Yorkers to go on with their business because they had no information that any other attack was imminent. Another ignorant remark. How did he know that, after all they had no intelligence the terrorist attack on the bike path was imminent?

One police officer did shoot the Radical Islamic terrorist, but that was after he had already crashed into a school bus and drove the length of sixteen city blocks causing death and destruction along the way.

I’m waiting for Mayor DeBlasio and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to push for legislation to ban pick-up trucks in New York City. After all, if pick-up trucks had been banned the attack would never have occurred, but then again, he could have used any other vehicle.

Law enforcement was once again blindsided by another terrorist attack and once again the public screams as to why these attacks can occur without law enforcement and the intelligence services knowing about it.

The same people who want to know why another catastrophe happened are the same voices who oppose the Patriot Act, the surveillance of mosques, and other measures.

If it were radical Christians or radical Jews committing these same terrorist attacks, then it would be an entirely different matter.

The media will talk to neighbors and friends of the attacker and it will be the same old story. He was a nice guy, never had a problem with him or as one neighbor called him, a peacemaker.

He could have sat down on his computer and become radicalized by reading material from any number of Radical Islamic websites that permeate the web.

Apparently with all the technology available to the NSA and the U.S. Cyber Command, they can’t shut down or disrupt sites run by ISIS, Al-Qaeda or other terrorist groups. Or is it that they keep those sites up for intelligence purposes?

Maybe the hacker group, Anonymous, can do much better.

This guy wasn’t Middle Eastern, his roots are in Uzbekistan. The color of one’s skin is also not a factor. Both white and black Americans have become radicalized and committed terrorist acts.

We are living in a new world.

One person can attack and kill any number of people, whatever their motivation is, simply because it’s easy to do.

We are told that happened in Las Vegas, Nevada on Oct. 1 when 58 people were murdered and over 500 injured.

Whether or not someone supported or encouraged them to do an attack is another matter. Only a competent investigation will prove that.

I don’t like loose ends, never have.

One person can carry out any attack, but I will never be convinced that someone else didn’t know about it or helped in the planning.




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Doug Poppa

Doug Poppa is a US Army Military Police Veteran, former law enforcement officer, criminal investigator and private sector security and investigations management professional with 40 years of experience. In 1986 Mr. Poppa was awarded “Criminal Investigator of the Year” by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia for his undercover work in narcotics enforcement. He was also re-assigned to the Northern Virginia Regional Narcotics Enforcement Task Force for 18 months. In 1991 and again in 1992 Mr. Poppa’s testimony under oath in court led to the discovery that exculpatory evidence was withheld from the defense by the prosecutor and sheriff’s office officials during the 1988 trial of a man accused of attempted murder of his wife that led to his conviction. As a result of his testimony the man was ordered released from prison, given a new trial in 1992 and found not guilty. Mr. Poppa became the subject of local and national news media attention as a result of his testimony which led to the demise of his 12-year police career. After losing his job, at the request of the FBI, Mr. Poppa infiltrated in an undercover capacity a group of men who were plotting the kidnapping of a Dupont Chemical fortune heir and his wife in 1992. His stories have been featured on Inside Edition, A Current Affair, and CBS News’ Street Stories with Ed Bradley. Contact the author.