published : 2023-09-16

Massive NYC subway vandalism window smashing spree akin to 9/11 ‘warning signs,’ Guardian Angels founder says

Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa warns New York City migrant crisis, lack of police officers patrolling subways poses potential threat

A close-up photo of Curtis Sliwa, founder of the Guardian Angels, speaking at an anti-migrant rally in New York City. (Taken with Canon EOS 5D Mark IV)

Authorities are investigating a series of coordinated attacks on the New York City subway system, resulting in widespread damage and disruption.

Overnight, vandals smashed 97 windows on 45 trains across multiple subway lines, temporarily halting service and inconveniencing thousands of commuters.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority estimates the damages to be around $500,000.

While officials have not confirmed any terror connection, Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa warns that this incident should serve as a wakeup call for the city's vulnerability to potential threats.

Sliwa emphasizes the need for increased security measures, especially considering the ongoing migrant crisis and the lack of police presence in the subways.

He draws parallels to the warning signs ignored before the 1993 World Trade Center attack and the 9/11 terror attacks, citing the porous border and elected officials' refusal to work with immigration enforcement agencies as additional concerns.

An image of a vandalized subway train window, serving as a visual representation of the recent subway vandalism incident. (Taken with Nikon D850)

Sliwa also references the 2022 subway shooting incident, where a shooter disguised as an MTA employee caused chaos and injured multiple passengers before being apprehended.

He highlights the subway's vulnerabilities, such as the absence of cameras inside the cars and insufficient security in the tunnels.

Sliwa argues that the lack of police officers patrolling the trains leaves ample room for individuals with malicious intent to carry out attacks.

He criticizes New York City Mayor Eric Adams for focusing on less effective measures like drones instead of prioritizing the presence of trained professional police officers.

Moreover, there are concerns about the decrease in NYPD staffing due to the fallout from the defund the police movement.

Sliwa emphasizes that the influx of migrants from sub-Saharan countries, coupled with the city's sanctuary status, may further expose New York to potential threats.

A group of police officers patrolling the New York City subway, providing a sense of security in response to the concerns raised about the lack of police presence. (Taken with Sony Alpha a7 III)

He questions the effectiveness of law enforcement's ability to vet these individuals, especially when cooperation with immigration authorities is limited.

The Guardian Angels founder calls for urgent action and warns about the consequences of eliminating police overtime, as it may open up opportunities for criminals and those with a terrorist agenda.

Sliwa urges the city to address these issues promptly to ensure the safety and security of New Yorkers.

There has been no response from Mayor Adams' office or NYC Transit at the time of publication.