Just to keep things nice and fast, here’s a second thread as the debate begins.
DEBKAfile really wound up the NYPD yesterday with an alarmist report on a “dirty bomb” attack: Israeli website sends US media into frenzy.
WASHINGTON – The high alert declared by the New York Police on Friday night following a report on the Israeli website DEBKAfile that al-Qaeda might be plotting to detonate a dirty bomb in the city, made headline in the US media Saturday morning.
“Vague threat prompts steps by NY Police,” the New York Times headline read.
According to the NY Times, the police learned about the threat through an item on the website debka.com — a site they believed to have Israeli intelligence and military sources — that said al-Qaeda operatives were planning to detonate a truck filled with radiological material in New York, Los Angeles or Miami.
Officials told the NY Times that the website carried reports that were often wrong, but occasionally right.
Better to err on the side of security, of course. (But it’s a good idea to be skeptical of DEBKA’s reports.)