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NEWS: Security Gridlock In New York Over UN Summit

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posted on Sep, 12 2005 @ 11:51 PM
170 world leaders meeting at a summit of the United Nations which marks the 60th Anniversary of it's conception, have turned the city of New York into a security gridlock. New York police have deployed 4000 officers in additional security programs in and around Manhatten with concerns of something happening on a large scale in other areas of the city. Taxi's and other vehicles are being checked for bombs and other devices before entering areas sensitive to the summit and peripheral talks between leaders. A no fly zone of 11 kilometres around the city is in force until the end of the talks.
The massive police contingent will complement the Secret Service details assigned as personal security to each of the heads of state and government attending the summit that ends on Friday and the General Assembly which lasts until September 28.

Specialised counter-terrorist units are also being deployed, with memories still fresh of the attacks on the London transport system ahead of the Group of Eight (G8) summit in Scotland.

Australian Prime Minister John Howard is among leaders attending.

"We have put in additional security programs throughout the city because we can't just focus all of our resources in Manhattan around the UN," Mr Kelly said.

The tightest security was within a perimeter thrown around the UN's riverside headquarters in eastern Manhattan.

The East River itself will be subject to temporary closures during the summit, with the US Coast Guard patrolling the waterway in coordination with other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

UN spokesman Farhan Haq said security staff at the world body's headquarters had held numerous meeting in recent days with all the concerned US agencies to ensure the protection of all leaders attending the event.

New York City has remained on a heightened level of alert ever since the September 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Centre, and security on the city's transport networks was stepped up in the wake of the London bombings.

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Lets just hope that after the last few weeks of chaos in America that these talks end peacefully and without incident to New York city.

posted on Sep, 13 2005 @ 12:05 PM
Our annual nightmare began this morning.

No big deal for me, I just go everywhere by train during this particular week.

For people trying to get uptown it is pretty annoying though.

They keep closing the FDR drive (which is the highway running up the eastern end of manhattan) and part of First Avenue as well, so it's very difficult to get uptown at all.

All in the name of security I suppose.

To quote a friend's line: "Put 'em in cabs, no new yorker would recognize these guys anyways."

posted on Sep, 13 2005 @ 12:13 PM

Originally posted by Djarums
To quote a friend's line: "Put 'em in cabs, no new yorker would recognize these guys anyways."

so true, so true.

Anyway, I'm glad I live on the west side.

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