NYPD says Iran has conducted surveillance in NYC
3/21/2012 1:27:10 PM - AP News
WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior New York Police Department official says law enforcement has interviewed at least 13 people since 2005 with ties to Iran's government who were seen taking pictures of New York City landmarks. Police consider the activity to be pre-operational surveillance.Mitchell Silber, the NYPD's director of intelligence analysis, told Congress that New York's international significance as a terror target and its large Jewish population make the city a likely place for Iran or its proxy terrorist group, Hezbollah, to strike.Silber says the 13 people interviewed by law enforcement were ultimately released.U.S. officials long have worried that Iran would use Hezbollah to carry out attacks inside the United States. The concerns have grown in recent months as tensions between the U.S. and Iran escalate.