Home Minister P Chidambaram had a first-hand experience of how New York, which is on the terror radar, is protected by security agencies from terrorist attacks.
Chidambaram was at the Joint Terror Task Force Centre of the FBI in New York, where he was given an exclusive briefing by the New York Police Department on the steps being taken by them to protect the city.
The Home Minister was briefed by officials from FBI, intelligence and security agencies and New York Police about the measures being taken by them to prevent any Mumbai-type terrorist attacks.
Chidambaram was also told about the coast guard facility at State Island. It was an important aspect of his trip given that the terrorists who attacked Mumbai on November 26, 2008 entered Mumbai through the sea route..Coastal security is now considered an integral part of New York’s counter-terrorism mechanism.