A 29-year-old man drove a pickup truck into a crowd of bicyclists and pedestrians Tuesday in New York City. The suspect has been identified by authorities as Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, an immigrant from Uzbekistan who has been in the U.S. since 2010. New York authorities have confirmed that it was a terrorist attack and Saipov left a note saying the attack was carried out in the ISIS.
Eight people were killed in the attack, and nearly a dozen others were wounded. Five of the eight were friends who were visiting from Argentina to commemorate 30 years since their high school graduation.
The attack marks the deadliest terrorist attack in New York since 9/11.
Tragically, terrorist attacks have been our new normal since 9/11. But running to our political corners every time it happens isn’t going to help. We need to work together to find commonsense solutions that will keep us safer.
“These attacks are going to be more frequent and continue to come out of seemingly nowhere,” Glenn said on today’s show.
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GLENN: ISIS has attacked New York City. An Uzbek immigrant rented a Home Depot Truck and entered the West Side Highway bike path at 3:05pm yesterday afternoon. He drove for seventeen blocks mowing down everything in his path. After it was all over, eight people are dead and 15 are seriously wounded. The attack might have been worse had he not crashed into a school bus, ending his terror drive. Two children were hurt in that final crash, one critically.
The terrorist jumped out of his truck upon crashing, brandishing a BB gun and a paintball gun. The words “Allahu Akbar” could be heard coming from the terrorist’s mouth. Suicide by cop is probably what he wanted, but as of this morning he’s out of surgery and alive. A police search of the truck revealed an ISIS flag and a note pledging his allegiance to the group.
This is our reality. A reality our kids have had to grow up in for OVER A DECADE AND A HALF. They don’t know anything different. A world where if they go to a concert, attend a public gathering, or even ride a bike they have to pause and ask themselves, “What do I do if a terrorist shows up?” Can you imagine growing up like that? I can’t even fathom that, but to our kids it’s the new norm.
These attacks will get more frequent and continue to come out of nowhere. That might be the scariest part of this new era in Islamic terrorism. The terrorists are adapting to our security measures. They’re staying away from items that might get them caught. Things like explosives, guns and anything else that might draw attention. The new era terrorists are completely invisible. They’re ghosts. This Uzbek was a LEGAL immigrant, a business owner with two trucking companies, an Uber driver in good standing, and had NO digital footprint. ZERO social media accounts have been found so far. There’s absolutely NO way this attack could have been prevented.
Actually, there is one way. We need to significantly modify our immigration policy. Enough is enough. How can we begin to fix this when one judge has the power to override national security policy? Something has got to be done and the partisan politics need to be checked at the door.
I’m looking at you, 9th circuit.