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News :: International
Homeland Security in Action
07 Aug 2004
NYC- Arriving 3-4 years late, NYC police stood outside high-risk location, such as Grand Central Station, the Citigroup building, and the New York Stock Exchange, to help keep America safe and free. This heightened security was due to intelligence warning of an attack in New York City that the New York Times reported was 3-4 years old.
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1st photo: Grand Central Station
Police officers guarded the perimeter of Grand Central Station in Manhattan on Tuesday, August 3rd. All commercial trucks and vans were redirected away from the building. One side of the building was blocked off by metal barricades.

2nd/3rd photo: Wall Street Under Careful Supervision
The Financial District in Manhattan was under careful supervision, but not because of the violent nature of the work that takes place within the walls of the New York Stock Exchange. Instead, police blocked off the New York Stock Exchange, searching people going inside. Police were also stopping commercial trucks and vans a block away as part of a road block.

4th photo: Citigroup Building (taken at the same location as the photos on the front page of every major newspaper in NYC)
Despite the mainstream media hype, it was just another day in Manhattan. It was lunchtime, the sidewalks were filled with people dressed in suits, and everyone was in a hurry. Workers from the Citigroup building rushed to the nearest fast food cart for lunch. They sat down on benches to enjoy the beautiful summer day. Some laughed at their co-workers jokes despite the jokes not being funny. Others chatted on their cell phones. Most people didn’t even bat an eye at the man standing on the corner with a gun the size of my arm. In fact, some workers even commented about how safe they felt today. And when it came time to head back into the Citigroup building, the workers were not at all reluctant to having their bags searched by police officers.

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