By Don Tagala, ABS CBN North America Bureau

April 26, 2013

NEW YORK CITY – With over 39 million visitors coming annually and about 300,000 people passing through every day, Times Square remains a coveted target for terrorist attacks.

This fact did not elude the Tsarnaev brothers.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke to reporters after it was revealed that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston marathon bombing, admitted that he and his late brother had planned to drive to Manhattan to detonate explosives in Times Square, following the mayhem they caused in Boston.

“The attacks in Boston, and the news that New York City was next on the terrorists’ list, shows just how critical it is for the federal government to devote resources to high-risk areas,” said Bloomberg.

New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said that had police not apprehended them in Watertown, the Tsarnaevs would have driven all the way to New York with a “pressure-cooker bomb” and five pipe bombs.

News of the foiled New York plot frightened tourists.

“We were so afraid. We’ve planned our trip to New York for a long time and we were thinking of cancelling it after the tragedy,” said tourist Rachel Beltran.

“Just imagine if a lot of tourists get hurt—that will drain New York financially,” said Queens resident Grace Lingad.

On the day investigators revealed the foiled plot, Port Authority went on a security lock down.

The Port Authority Bus Terminal in Times Square was briefly shutdown after a suspicious package was discovered by a transit worker around 8 pm on Thursday.

Port Authority officials were alerted after a bomb sniffing dog indicated that the package was suspicious. The entire South Wing was then immediately evacuated and all incoming and outgoing buses stopped running.

NYPD’s Bomb Squad examined the bag and found that it only contained a piece of comforter and some clothing.

Hundreds of commuters were affected by the lock down.

“It’s inconvenient but better safe than sorry, “ said New York resident Lynn Vegas.

The world’s largest transportation hub that serves about 7,000 buses and 200,000 people on an average weekday was on a stand still for more than an hour before authorities said it was cleared of danger.

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  • noz
    26 April 2013 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    this is nothing new, NYC is always the target of the islamists. did people forget the 09-11-01?, the mother of all terror. paradoxically, NYC is the sanctuary of the muslim religion. mosques are all over NYC boroughs, some mosques are known to be radicals. these muslims at one point have so much nerve wanting to build a mosque, a few blocks away from the world trade center, their intent to build a mosque near the world trade center were met with strong resistance from opponents, lost the bid to build a mosque made people breathe better. islam believers are all over the neighborhood street pavements praying, occupying public walkway, blocking walkway, creating inconvenience to the public, still majority of people affected have tolerated such annoyance. muslim countries will not allow any christian churches be built in their homeland, but have abusive attitudes occupying public places in america without intrusions of law enforcement. the radical muslims have proclaimed death to america, their hate of america are well investigated with gathered hard evidences. islamists mission of terror have become generational, therefore the american public will have to come into terms, terrorists will not go away, so people must learn how to outsmart these terrorists by getting ahead of intelligent watch of ones surroundings. its only a matter of when and where the next terror attack of the radical muslims.

  • Delia
    28 April 2013 at 6:10 am - Reply

    In “Audacity of Hope” 0bama writes: “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.” The quote comes from page 261 of the paperback edition of “The Audacity of Hope.
    So I guess the bomber will lawyer up asap.

    Obama and his administrations will cover up any terrorist act by Muslims . I get so tired of this politically correct nonsense.They’re vicious terrorists and deserve to be referred to as such: vicious, murdering sub-humans that deserve nothing less than a bullet in the back of the head, And I really hate saying things like that, but they really DO deserve it.

    • noz
      28 April 2013 at 3:00 pm - Reply

      Delia…………as clint eastwood strongly stated “president obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on american people”. the wedding ring obama is claiming his wedding ring, he has been wearing this so called wedding ring since his college days as single without ever taking them off for over 30 years, BTW he got married on 10-92′. the ring has arabic scripts built molded with the ring itself, not manually inscribed. obama’s ring arabic scripts words translation is THERE IS NO GOD EXCEPT ALLAH, the very same words of the islam religion. obama is a fake christian, successfully taking christian religion for the purpose to get the job of the POTUS. obama was able to con the voting public twice in a row. the majority of people deceived by obama are under his permanent spell. pick anybody by the hundreds or thousands, tell that anybody, obama is not christian, but a true muslim, majority will say he is a true christian, those who says he is muslim are on mission to destroy obama, or just plain losers with obama’s election and reelection. if it quacks and walk like a duck, indeed it really is a duck, too bad too many, over half of the populace are not seeing its a duck.

      • Delia
        29 April 2013 at 8:28 am - Reply

        I completely agree , and the damness thing is americans are sleeping . Sadly, I have given up on America I loved…and the more than 50% who helped re-elect this disaster.
        America: born 4 July 1776; died 07 November 2012.
        I still pray that I am wrong. However, I have not seen any so-called green shoots.

        • av
          29 April 2013 at 8:40 am - Reply

          Hate it or love it, America is still considered a safe haven for third world country citizens like us…still much better than the Philippines… take it or leave it…

          • Delia
            1 May 2013 at 6:42 am -

            Av , can you define your statement , such as love it or hate it as well as take it or leave it. And its still a safe haven .

            My question is, are you here for your safety and depend on americans to protect you ? Are you here to love it because of Job security ? Are you here because you hated Philippines ? Tell us why you said what you said.

            Since you are here , will you love america and protect it from foreign and domestic ? Will you give up your limb , arms and life from invaders ? Or are you pretty much taking America for a ride and take everything america has to offer , because you left your own country. Then you have a nerve to tell us love it or hate it , take it or leave it.

            Most americans , or some americans leave America for a purpose but never left it permanently like most foreigners left their country, we may not like whats going on , but we would not leave our country for any reason. That’s the patriotism and love for America.

          • av
            1 May 2013 at 7:56 am -

            Where’s your patriotism if you defy the current government’s situation, or are you a patriotic republican that only supports your own color of politics? Kayo talagang mga republican kayo oh, ang titigas ng mga ulo nyo. Sabat ng sabat mali mali naman.

  • noz
    28 April 2013 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    obama is a successful big time genuine sham artist to have coveted the highest governing position of the land. obama was able to pull the scam of the face of sincerity to over 225 million christians in the US likely voters, out of the 225 million christians, 75 million are catholics in the US, therefore the religion of choice to change his islam religion is to be christian, if he has to win the presidency, it surely did work. obama and his cohorts knew well, there are only 2.6 million muslim americans of islam religion with great numbers to be NOT likely voters. all american presidents were and are christians. obama’s narcissistic trait may prevail one day, leading to his confession to america he really is indeed muslim belonging to the islam religion. obama’s confession will feed his grandiose narcissism to be labeled not only as the first black president, but will be the first muslim president of islam religion. obama will readily admit his lies, if it will highly benefit him alone. case and point, obama’s unrelenting claim of being against same sex marriage, turned out to be his false claim. obama found an advantage to widen his political base as pro same sex marriage, a move that showed his lack of integrity. the same scenario as selling soul of oneself to the devil, a dishonest, crooked fulfillment of human desires.

  • av
    1 May 2013 at 7:52 am - Reply

    @delia – I guess you really have forgotten your own blood and brawn. Are you really from the Philippines or are you a foreigner. You seemed to have a white supremacist tone from my analysis. So by this You do not love the Philippines nor you love your fellow Filipinos, that is if you are a Filipino in blood and all. Your statement has all the indications of those pinoys na nakarating dito sa states at tumaas ang ihi porke nakarating sa america. Minamahal mong masayado ang bansang kinatatayuan mo samantalang isa ka rin lang dayuhan dito kahit ano pa man ang baguhin mo. Ikaw ay ikaw at hindi rin magbabago ang tingin ng mga tao ditong iba ang kulay kaysa sa iyo at sa akin. Be honest ka naman, kasi ang laki ng ego mo may anino mo hindi mo na makita.

    • Delia
      1 May 2013 at 2:38 pm - Reply

      You really are stupid Av and a friggin parrots ,I don’t have to read any further, your insane rants to realize you need help. Read this conversation in another Issue Segment .

      av says:
      April 19, 2013 at 12:43 pm
      HUH? ano pa ba ang dahilan bakit andito ka rin sa amerika?

      av says:
      April 19, 2013 at 12:44 pm
      ayan ang hirap sa inyo eh. kapag naiipit na, kung ano ano na ang sasabihin para makaiwas sa totoo.

      av says:
      April 19, 2013 at 12:49 pm
      ooh ohh… someone does not want to be on the spotlights here. Ang daming mong satsat hindi mo naman pala kayang ipaliwanag ng mabuti ang mga ideas mo.

      Delia says:

      April 19, 2013 at 6:36 pm
      @Av , You may never understand if i tell why i am here , but simply put it i am american who live in the Philippines for 8 freaking years as assign job in Manila at Proctor & Gamble Co. in the 80′s
      I learn pretty much of your dialect as everyone think i could not do , but wellaaaaaaa bang i did it . Its cool ha . Whats your beef about it ?

      Question for you Av , why cant Filipinos tell times ? You tell them to come or be present at 1:00 P.M and they show up at 5:P.M along with a hundreds yards of excuses ?

      av says:

      April 22, 2013 at 6:07 am
      @delia – who cares kung nasaan ka? Why don’t you ask yourself why Filipinos are always late? Not all anyways comes in late, oo ung mga utak at ugaling pinoy ganun pa rin.

      av says:

      April 19, 2013 at 12:35 pm
      @delia – bakit ikaw ano rin ang ginagawa mo pa dito sa america? I am 100 % sure we share the same damn reason.

      Delia says:
      April 19, 2013 at 12:41 pm
      I am 100 % we have total different reason and i can assure of that , again stop putting words in my mouth .

      • av
        2 May 2013 at 6:42 am - Reply

        @delia – so ano ang ibig sabihin nyan? It simply re-stated your delirious mind.

        • av
          2 May 2013 at 6:54 am - Reply

          @delia – you are simply a racist bastard, you hate are now stating that you dislike Pinoys and the Latino communities because we are slowly conquering your welcoming country. You hate blacks and muslims because they rape, steal and overcome your country’s jobs. Well, why don’t you blame the 4 founding fathers of this country for creating such a constitution to welcome other races from around the world. Yes, they attempted and successfully limited the arrivals of immigrants into this country back then. But boom ! suddenly your damn government cannot even protect their own borders with Mexico? What? If you guys can’t even protect your own borders, how do you expect for these illegal immigrants to stop flocking into this country? Now that they are you guys want to simply to deport them because your government screwed up on protecting your own borders? So, stupid……

          • Delia
            2 May 2013 at 10:19 am -

            Av , as i said before , i dont hate anyone , i just dislike people invading USA but dont like to assimilate. So stop your insane atittude and putting words in my mouth which will never be accepted . You can keep your stupid rant and dirty friggin atittude , but dont expect me to agree with your greed , in tagalog you say kasapwagang . because we all know why you left your own country .

            So instead of be thankful that America came to your rescue for giving you an opportunity to advance and betterment of your life and your family , most of you back stub the very people who took the effort accepting you here. I’m just curious of why you cant complain and nag your own government in your country since its their obligation to take care of their citizen , instead of dumping you all over the country.

            Nothing will last forever , once America become third world country each and everyone of you will depart and jump to another country to scrutinized and ruin them , like presently happening here . I can bet my life that nobody is happy to see a prospherous country if foriegn invader can not ransack their peaceful country. Everybody want a piece , give me give me , or find a lopehole to destroy thier peaceful country.

            Luckily theres still few country who does not like giving Foreigners citizenship nor allowing them to own property in their country. If foreigners fight for thier rights , they gets expelled out of the country , and if they insist , can be killed or beheaded , no courts and lawyers needed. Free of Charge.

          • av
            2 May 2013 at 10:41 am -

            @Delia – its people like you who does not deserve to live in this country. You do not hate, yet your words and feelings towards immigrants says it all ! I came into this country as a child, and if you do not know, many of your own race did come to the Philippines as a child too. You seemed to hate to be on the spot, you hate words being placed on your mouth while you are the one who is showing disrespect and dismay to migrants. No one in this planet would ever believe you that the United States would ever become a third-world country. You must be from the southern part of the states where you live on a trailer and rely on food stamps and government assistance. All for which I do not and most of my fellow Filipinos do not rely on.

          • av
            2 May 2013 at 1:26 pm -

            @Delia- I really wonder who you are, I mean you can’t spell right, can’t seem to write correctly. It almost seems like you are a dumb f ***k. I would raise Ferdinand Marcos and Ninoy Aquino from the dead so that they could assassinate your dumb ass. You are full of crap that redneck mother of all bastards. Why don’t you walk away from this website and join your fellow rednecks on the streets of the south and the bushes of Idaho where your ideas are far more than welcomed.

          • Delia
            2 May 2013 at 4:21 pm -

            I never ask for any personnal reason why your here , and i’m not interested to know either . Ok , i will keep in mind and records all your threats , i hope you keep up accusing me for what i’m not , so i can forward it to authority . And yes including all your name calling , as if it makes you feel better if you spew filth here and there , that just show how demoralize your brain is . OK ! common keep up your threats , i love threats . Tah Tah !

          • av
            3 May 2013 at 6:06 am -

            @delia – where’s the threat if I have not been said anything that I would do harm to you. You are some scared individual because of your stupid ideology about other races and beliefs. You are the one who should be really careful about what you say because if you say those what you said to someone with a radical mind and a completely different way of thinking who knows what they’d do to you.. Now, tell me am I threatening to you here in any way?

          • Delia
            3 May 2013 at 12:57 pm -

            I do not get scared with foreigners in my country , in fact you dont scare me . i will post your threats . You did it indirectly , instead you used dead people and that is as good as your intent . You think your slick for doing so but thats how a coward people do .
            av says:

            May 2, 2013 at 1:26 pm
            @Delia- I really wonder who you are, I mean you can’t spell right, can’t seem to write correctly. It almost seems like you are a dumb f ***k. ( I would raise Ferdinand Marcos and Ninoy Aquino from the dead so that they could assassinate your dumb ass.) You are full of crap that redneck mother of all bastards. Why don’t you walk away from this website and join your fellow rednecks on the streets of the south and the bushes of Idaho where your ideas are far more than welcomed.
            I would raise Ferdinand Marcos and Nimoy Aquino from the dead so that they could assassinate you . To my understanding you will raise , which means you can create someone look like them to assassinate me . Your not God to raise anyone from the dead , its nearly impossible unless my statement is correct . You said clearly you will raise ,hmmm i will wait and be ready for you .