A mock movie poster published on an Arab-language forum is sparking a police investigation. The image, which reads, "Al-Qaeda: Coming Soon Again in New York," is being investigated by the NYPD Intelligence Division's cyber unit, although authorities claim there's no evidence that it constitutes an actual threat.
The image first appeared on Monday on Arab language Al-Qaeda forums. USA Today has more about the image in question:
The graphic shows the Manhattan skyline at sunset with "Al Qaeda" in bold type followed by "Coming Soon Again in New York." [...]
New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne says the overseas, Arab-language Internet site posted the graphic on its "artwork and design" page.
FBI spokesman J. Peter Donald says the agency takes all threats seriously and "there is no specific or credible threat to New York."
Interestingly, cops believe that it was posted by an Egyptian writer who regularly uses the Internet to post propaganda for al-Qaeda.
"We’ve done an analysis. He’s not an American. We’re leaning toward (him being) an Egyptian, using Arabic, to create communications on this site," Brown said.
While it is, of course, pertinent that the NYPD and authorities would be investigating the image's origins, threats to New York have been rampant since the September 11 attacks. The image, which makes for no bombshell surprise (after all, New York City remains a target of terror groups), does cause some to wonder how well America's borders are protected.
In February, Glenn Beck covered horrific issues occurring along the U.S.-Mexican border, while highlighting fears over Hezbollah's potential to smuggle WMDs into the U.S. Considering these elements, it's the potential lack of border security, not just the graphic, that might be worth paying more attention to.