10/11/2005

CNN.com - N.Y. subway threat a hoax - Oct 11, 2005

What do they expect with torture and bribing ? People will say anything ! -- law

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Information that led to heightened security for the New York City transit system was a hoax, government sources said Tuesday.

The sources said an informant in Iraq who provided the tip had told investigators about a terrorist plot involving New York's subway system. That informant admitted he gave false information, the sources said.

On Monday, New York police said they would reduce the increased security measures put in place last week on the city's subways.

Law enforcement sources said last week the person who passed along the New York tip also gave information that prompted a military operation in Iraq, which led to the arrests of three al Qaeda suspects in Musayyib, south of Baghdad.

Government sources said the three men arrested in Iraq with suspected links to the possible plot had been interviewed and underwent lie detector tests showing they knew nothing about such a plan.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned Thursday that the city had received information from the FBI about a "specific threat," prompting the heightened subway security.

CNN.com - Sources:�Tip on N.Y. subway�threat a hoax - Oct 11, 2005

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