LA Remains On High Alert With Anniversary Of 9/11 Looming

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — On the eve the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, law enforcement is on alert and visible in key transportation hubs here in the Southland.

“As we come upon this weekend, we’re concerned, a little bit anxious,” said Dep. Chief Michael Downing of LAPD Counter-Terrorism and Special Ops.

Although Los Angeles is not mentioned in the credible but unconfirmed terror threat that makes specific references about car bombs in Washington, D.C., and New York, thousands of Los Angeles police officers, as well as sheriff’s deputies are expected to be working throughout the weekend.

At LAPD’s state-of-the-art high-tech operations center — a 24/7 hub that gives a global perspective of everything that’s going on in the region — law enforcement officials monitor community tips and credible threats.

“Information is coming into our crime center and there’s nothing significant to report,” Capt. Steven Sambar of LAPD Major Crimes told CBS2.

From LAX to the LA Port and at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, law enforcement agencies have extra resources, patrols and additional personnel around high target areas. Those areas include the Downtown Financial District, hotels and high traffic tourist attractions.

“LA looks good and secure and peaceful,” Downing said.

But the vigilance continues – this weekend and beyond.

“We have all the preparations in order. It’s the areas that we’re not sure about, the lone wolf, the single actors, somebody who’s inspired by this holiday and Al Qaeda that we’re a little worried about,” Downing added.

We’re told that officers count on the extra eyes and ears. Anyone who hears or sees anything suspicious is asked to contact police.


One Comment


    global schizophrenia!!!!

    1. Styker 21 says:

      Had Russia the war in Afghan land, we would be free and clear. Sounds like we backed the wrong horse again.

  2. j says:

    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close those bad cases.
    How is it that 12 of the 9/11 terrorists could live for 2 weeks just 2 miles from NSA head quarters in Maryland.
    This after several of them had taken flight simulator lessons on Jumbo jet trainers and several of them where on State department terror watch lists.
    There is evidence that employees from DoD, CIA and DOJ accepted bribes from Al Quida.
    If DoJ and DoD employees where more concerned with doing their jobs than enriching themselves by stealing from suspects and taking bribes, then there might have been more a chance that 9/11 had never happened.

  3. voice of reason says:

    Hey j,

    You are exactly what makes these attacks possible. I bet you are the 1st to comment on how bad it is to profile and how the police over step their powers only to complain when something does happen. Try being more supportive or “grab a rifle and stand on that wall.”

  4. rs says:

    What’s with the power outage at Long Beach airport right now?

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