Residents at Chatham Green and Chatham Towers high-rise co-ops next to Lower Manhattan’s federal courthouse had an unwitting front seat to yesterday’s heightened security surrounding car bomb suspect Faisal Shahzad.
They’ve been living amid closed streets and checkpoints since 2001’s 9/11 attacks, but Min Cavone, 85, was still startled to see police near her doorstep yesterday with machine guns.
“I feel all these people should be tried in Washington, near the president and [U.S. Attorney General] Eric Holder,” Cavone said. “It’s too dangerous for us, the people living here. ... With all the courthouses and One Police Plaza, there could be a bomb and we’d be in the middle of it.”
Holder yesterday affirmed that a trial of 9/11 suspects in New York is still an option, a prospect that worries Cavone and many in her neighborhood. Mayor Michael Bloomberg opposes hosting the trial and its projected $200 million security price-tag.
New York has been a target of 11 terrorism-related events in the last eight years, Bloomberg said. Experts from the National Strategy Information Center, a conservative think tank, expect more incidents, according to a new study discussing the security challenges posed by a changing landscape of conflict led by groups with various religious, ethnic or criminal aims.
“We have seen time and time again, micro actors can do macro damage, even without weapons of mass destruction,” the center’s president Roy Godson said.