Go ahead and jump
Israeli website DEBKAfile says, jump. Right wingers ask, how high?
New York City then must respond to "internet reports," putting police on hightened alert and diverting them from actual police work.
New York police stepped up security throughout Manhattan and at bridges and tunnels on Friday in response to an Internet report -- which authorities said they could not verify -- that al Qaeda might be plotting to detonate a dirty bomb in the city.As right wingers howl into the void, and after grabbing headlines, at least at those outlets prone to hysteria, DHS then has to step in and discount the "internet reports" as "unsubstantiated" and that there is "no credible information" in this "report." This is mostly ignored in favour of advancing a notch on the ratchet of fear.
All in all, a pretty successful campaign for DEBKAfile and the right wing, which never fail to indulge their credulity as long as promises of al Qaeda bomb plots are involved.