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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 11:15 pm    Post subject: NYPD commando unit preparing to protect Jewish sites Reply with quote

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NYPD commando unit preparing to protect Jewish sites

by Allison hoffman , Jerusalem Post, 9 April 2009


Last week, during a regular pre-Pessah security briefing with Jewish community leaders, the New York Police Department confirmed that it has counterterrorism plans ready to go in case Israel decides to bomb Iran.

Any escalation in tension between the two countries would trigger the immediate deployment of the NYPD's elite Hercules commando units to Israel's consulate, as well as to synagogues and institutional headquarters throughout the city, Mitch Silber, a top intelligence analyst, told the crowd.

Silber said that he believed it was his duty to "prepare for any retaliation that might happen with the region, but more specifically in the West, and more specifically New York City."

IT'S STANDARD practice for the NYPD to send out regular patrol units to guard as many synagogues in the city as they can cover on Yom Kippur; the Hercules teams show up in random locations, looking tough rather than looking for patterns. They cause a commotion; the idea is to remind anyone who might be watching - like a sleeper cell member, or an Iranian spy - that someone is watching back.

When a Hercules team shows up, everyone knows about it. Officers and bomb-sniffing dogs fan out in SUVs with blacked-out windows, often flanked by motorcycle patrol units, and pull up at apparently random sites - Israeli film festivals, banks, train stations - and pile out in a flood of Kevlar helmets and body armor, brandishing assault rifles rarely seen on American streets.

"They're there to show presence," one security expert who was at the presentation told The Jerusalem Post. The point is to frighten off anyone who thinks he might be able to pull off a surprise attack of any kind without being spotted.

But, the security expert said, the Hercules teams' effectiveness is limited by their inability to conduct their own surveillance - and by the fact that the department only has so many trained Hercules officers it can send out at any given time.

"If something does happen, things would escalate around the world very quickly, and the time for synagogues to think about these things will be very short - and everyone will be pulling on the same resources," he told the Post.

SINCE LAST fall's deadly rampage by Pakistani attackers against fancy Western tourist hotels and the Chabad house in Mumbai, India, the NYPD has been on an aggressive PR effort to highlight its readiness for urban warfare. Officers and detectives were sent to train with Ruger mini assault rifles; they did hostage-rescue drills and practiced room-clearing techniques.

But with the Hercules teams, the idea isn't to prepare for proxy battles in New York, home to the largest concentration of Jews outside of Israel. It's to prevent pinpointed terrorist episodes like the 1992 bombing of Israel's embassy in Argentina and the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center, both believed to be retaliation for Israeli attacks on Hizbullah.

Last year, the NYPD sent intelligence operatives to Argentina to learn about those events; the result was that extra officers were sent to guard Jewish sites after Imad Mughniyeh, a senior Hizbullah commander, was killed in a car bombing in Damascus.

THE STRATEGY isn't totally new; New Yorker reporter William Finnegan reported in a 2005 story about the NYPD's counterterrorism efforts that David Cohen, the deputy commander for intelligence, had sent out Hercules teams to guard Shi'ite mosques after a suicide bombing in Pakistan.

Of course, Cohen and Silber have nothing to show for their efforts - no attacks, that is - which, to them, is a sign of success.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 8:03 pm    Post subject: New Israel Police and Public Security Attaché heads to US Reply with quote

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excerpts from: Bar-Lev heads to Washington to forge closer ties

by Yaakov Lappin, Jerusalem Post, 9 July 2009


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Police Cmdr. Uri Bar-Lev will travel to the US in August to take up his new position as the Israel Police and Public Security Attaché in Washington.

Bar-Lev plans to use his office to further Israeli-American cooperation on intelligence, terrorism, drug smuggling and organized crime, and to bolster Israel's image in the US. [...] The senior police official is keen to present Israel as a democratic state fighting for security in an undemocratic region plagued with terrorism. [...]

The former southern police commander is hardly a stranger to the American law enforcement community.

Eight years ago, Bar-Lev stood at Ground Zero in New York City, together with senior American law enforcement officials, and surveyed the destruction. "It's the most terrible thing I've ever seen in my life," he said then, during a visit that saw him travel around America to discuss effective counter-terrorism measures with US police forces.

In 2006, he received a commendation from the head of a visiting FBI delegation for intelligence he passed on to the Americans which helped prevent terrorist attacks in the US in 2002.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2009 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The senior police official is keen to present Israel as a democratic state fighting for security in an undemocratic region plagued with terrorism.


Considering that a top anti-apartheid UN Judge Advocate had to smuggle himself into Gaza, I 'fear' that Police Cmdr. Uri Bar-Lev is going to have his work cut out. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/victims-of-israels -gaza-invasion-give-evidence-to-un-mission-1722947.html

Then there's this strange DeNile piece:
http://news.egypt.com/en/200907076696/news/middle-east/egypt-no-us-tro ops-on-egypt-israel-borders.html

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Egypt: No US troops on Egypt-Israel borders
Written by Egypt News
Tuesday, 07 July 2009


Hossam Zaki
Egypt Foreign Ministry Spokesman


Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossam Zaki reported that Egypt denied on Monday media reports about the deploying of US troops on Egyptian borders with Israel and Gaza Strip

"The fact is that the United States is doing a periodic change to part of its troops taking part in the multinational force in Sinai," Zaki added, stressing that "this process is done regularly since deploying the multinational force."

Zaki said that "the media reports are baseless," calling for accuracy when reporting such things.

A multinational force is deployed on the borders between Egypt and Israel since the signing of a peace treaty between Cairo and Tel Aviv in 1979. The United States is among ten countries taking part in this force.

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