It could be said that Raymond Kelly knows his terrorists. Kelly, who served as commissioner of the New York Police Department from 1992 to 1994 in the Big Apple for the first World Trade Center bombing. He resumed his post in 2002, just missing the second (“real”) WTC bombing, and stayed through 2013. He was on hand in 2010 for the failed Times Square car bombing attempt.
Kelly, to repeat, knows his terrorists. On Sunday, in a radio interview, the former commish declared that ISIS is America’s No. 1 threat, adding that the terror group’s $2 billion war chest and desire to kill Americans were “very, very problematic.” The Daily News quotes Kelly further:
For the first time, we see a terrorist organization with significant resources.
They have some sophisticated weaponry … and they clearly have a desire to hurt this country, to kill Americans.
Kelly, who now heads a security division of real estate conglomerate Cushman and Wakefield, said he was not taking a swipe at Mayor de Blasio or current Police Commissioner Bill Bratton. He was nevertheless adamant about the magnitude of the the threat, following release of a video over the weekend that reportedly shows ISIS mastermind Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, laying out his terror agenda.
Adding to the concerns shared by Kelly are comments by another terror expert, The Heritage Foundation’s James Phillips, who opined yesterday on Fox News Channel that Baghdadi looks to be “next Osama sin Laden.”