The requests that have been put forward by the NY City Police Chief for government grants to cover at least some of the 91 million that is needed to reinforce the city's Ring of Steel in Midtown, has been backed up by claims that the surveillance cameras are a deterrent to terrorism.
We caught up the Police Chief today and asked him a few questions about this.
"Is it true that there is a hotbed of terrorism activity in Midtown, and that people should start avoiding it for their own safety?"
"Of course not! Who on earth told you that?"
"Didn't you site the need for all the surveillance in Midtown being needed, is to stop terrorism?"
"Well, yeah, but that doesn't mean that people need to start avoiding the area! We need lots of people going about their business down there, so we can be watching them all the time. Don't go telling anyone they need to leave that area, okay?"
"That is a bit contradictory, don't you think? How can you say that you need surveillance of that area for stopping terrorism, while simultaneously denying there is any terrorism activity there? That really sounds..."
"Look, you're just over thinking this entire thing, don't you think?"
"Over thinking, or actually thinking it through in the first place?"
"Oh, I don't know...both, I guess. Now leave me alone, I have very important work to get to, now."
Since this interview, we have learned that the Chief had originally petitioned the government for bailout money. He sited the need was to be bailed out from terrorism.
At this time, we do not know if his petition was granted or not.