"Stay Away" Says the 50,000-Strong Anti-Terrorism Wonder Protecting New York City

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The 60 Minutes profile of New York City's massive anti-terrorism network this evening was nothing short of amazing. 35,000 police. 15,000 civilians. Unattended bag-tracking artificial intelligence. Cameras, oh the cameras! One message for potential terrorists: "Stay away."


That's the message, plain and simple, that New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly had for anyone thinking of making an attack against the city.

Click to viewJaw-dropping highlights from the segment include incredible A.I. (spots unattended bags and alerts authorities), color-based A.I. ("computer, please track all red shirts in view of video feed") and a camera system that would probably give surveillance-happy London a run for its money.


Rounding it all out was a radiation detection system that is apparently so sensitive there were false positives occurring with citizens who had recently completed radiation therapy On top of that the system is exhaustively expansive: Police trucks, cars, outposts and officers all have some form of the detector installed or on their person at all times.

The system, ten years in the making, has purportedly stopped or prevented 13 terrorists plots against the city. [60 Minutes]

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And we all know what happens next to the "red shirts".