Sept. 11-era security unveiled for latest NYC terror trial

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Posted: Jan 24, 2015 10:35 AM
Sept. 11-era security unveiled for latest NYC terror trial

NEW YORK (AP) — As a terrorism trial gets underway for a lone defendant in twin bombings of U.S. embassies nearly two decades ago, fears over the terror attacks in Paris and unrest a world away have raised security at the city's federal courthouses to levels not seen since the days following the Sept. 11 attacks.

That includes assault rifle-toting federal guards at every entrance, Homeland Security vans surrounding the courthouses, and searches, metal detectors and sign-ins required for all trial visitors.

And in the long-term, a $10 million security pavilion is being constructed that will permit screening of visitors in August before they enter a 26-story courthouse.

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Courthouse officials say they cannot speak about specific aspects of security. But they note that security has been routinely improved over time as needs are assessed.