Steve Green, posting at Instapundit, sniffs,
SIGN ‘O’ THE TIMES: Garbage trucks to be a fortress of security in Times Square on New Year’s Eve.
In the article, you’ll find the following (emphasis added):
Massive 20-ton sanitation trucks, weighted with an extra 15 tons of sand, will surround the iconic New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square, officials said Thursday, describing a security measure meant to stop deadly truck-driving attacks into crowds like those in Germany and France.
The placement of the 65 trucks, along with 100 patrol cars, at intersections surrounding Times Square is a new element to an already heavily policed event that will include 7,000 officers, specially armed counter-terrorism units and bomb-sniffing dogs
Steve in Colorado of course gets paid to snark, but NYC authorities have not forgotten the 2010 Times Square car bombing attempt:
On May 1, 2010, an attempted terrorist attack occurred in Times Square in Manhattan, New York. Two street vendors alerted New York City security personnel after they spotted smoke coming from a vehicle, and a car bomb was discovered. The bomb had been ignited, but failed to explode, and was disarmed before it caused any casualties. Two days later, federal agents arrested Faisal Shahzad, a 30-year-old Pakistan-born resident of Bridgeport, Connecticut, who had become a U.S. citizen in April 2009. He was arrested after he had boarded Emirates Flight 202 to Dubai at John F. Kennedy International Airport. He admitted attempting the car bombing and said that he had trained at a Pakistani terrorist training camp, according to U.S. officials.
Add to that the terrorists who plowed trucks through crowds in Nice and Berlin, and you have cause for concern when your city is hosting an event that normally brings in a crowd of one million people.
Sure, the lowly garbage truck is not glamorous, but what alternatives are there when you need something portable, easily loaded and unloaded, that can stop any vehicle of similar weight and size? A Bradley Fighting Vehicle weighs 40 tons or so, making a 35-ton humble garbage truck a practical alternative.
Of course all of this is a distraction from the real issue: A death cult which the Left refuses to identify by name.
Happy New Year.
Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog.