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Ray Kelly: NYC Mayors Race Didn't Focus Enough on Terrorism

Monday, 09 Sep 2013 05:41 PM

By Greg Richter

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With 16 plots against New York City foiled since 9/11, there is no doubt the city is still in terrorists' crosshairs, says Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

He's curious why terrorism wasn't more in the spotlight of the mayor's race.

Kelly told Fox News Channel's "Your World" that he knows of no specific plots against the city, "but this is a target-rich environment, as they say in the military."

If the United States strikes Syria with missiles as President Barack Obama wants, there could be "spillback" in the United States.

"Common sense says, hey, this city that is seen arguably as the most important city in the West. We're the communications capital. We're the financial capital," Kelly said. "Another event here will ripple very quickly across the world."

The city's almost 1 million Jewish residents also make it a prime target for militant Islamists who have plotted against 15 Jewish or Israeli targets in the past 18 months, he said.

Asked by host Neil Cavuto why he didn't run for mayor himself, Kelly said he doesn't have politics in his DNA.

"It's just not something that I aspire to," he said.

But he didn't shun the idea of a possible nomination for Homeland Security secretary. Kelly said he is "flattered" to be talked about for the position, but he's spent 4 ½ years in Washington and knows "when to keep my mouth shut. We'll see what happens."

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