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Nightly News   |  May 02, 2011

NYPD prepares for possible retaliation

Raymond Kelly, Commissioner of the New York City Police Department, discusses the warning from Homeland Security that the death of Osama bin Laden could inspire retaliatory attacks against the U.S. NBC's Brian Williams reports.

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>> so is this, the fbi and department of homeland security are warning people that the death of bin laden would, quote, likely inspire homegrown extremists in the u.s. trootry to carry out attacks in the near tomorrow. the very best possible person to talk about this issue where we are right now is the longtime commissioner of the city of new york , rail cey kelly.

>> i saw the cones, now familiar to new yorkers. squad cars moving through the city, very visible. let's say a family of four is coming to visit us in new york tonight. what will they see?

>> they'll see an increased uniform presence certainly in time square , tomorrow, in the financial district and lower manhattan . certainly on the subway system , we have dogs. we have what we call searches where uniformed officers will go in large numbers. so they'll see increased police presence in the near future .

>> you and i have talked about this in plain english , because new york didn't get the federal funding you wanted, you needed, you thought your deserved, you have set up a mini-cia, mini-five here. you have eyes on major parts of the city. do you feel your infrastructure is up to perhaps an increased tempo from what we have seen in ten years?

>> i thing. it's certainly a possibility. we're doing everything we possibly can to protect the city, the infrastructure is protected as best we can. we have some old structures here just like just about every city has, but the mayor has made certain that we have the money to protect the city. he said to me, do what you have to do to make us safe, and we'll find the money. it's a long-term issue, bridges, highways.

>> and no reason to suspect an uptick right now?

>> no immediate threats. this is good news with complications. we have to be prepared for some sort of retaliatory attack, and we are, working with our federal partners to see that we're ready.

>> commissioner ray kelly of the