Heightened alert after Iran unveils nuclear project

February 15, 2012 2:39:51 PM PST
Iran escalated tensions abroad when it unveiled a new nuclear project and it has raised concerns about potential violence here in the United States and has some sites under heightened alert.

The potential targets include synagogues in New York City and the diplomatic offices of the State of Israel on Second Avenue, where security has been stepped-up amid serious concerns about an attack.

An attack that some say could be planned and executed five blocks away by agents posing as diplomats working for the Iranian Mission to the United Nations.

"Every single employee at that embassy ought to be checked and rechecked. If there's even the slightest hint that they might be involved in something illegal, something evil, they ought to be expelled," said Sen. Charles Schumer, (D) New York.

Just this week an Iranian bomb factory was discovered in Thailand.

A car bombing in India nearly killed the wife of an Israeli diplomat, and a similar attack was foiled in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia.

Both are believed to be the work of Iranian operatives.

Former NYPD intelligence director Sam Rascoff says it could happen here.

"This is the Iranian Government essentially telling Israel and telling the United States what it intends to do," said Sam Rascoff, Former NYPD Intelligence Director, "Know that we have these means to attack back."

In the Iranian capital Wednesday, the nation's president showed off a series of advances in their nuclear enrichment program.

It's what is being seen around the world as an act of defiance.

Iran can count on the Islamic militants of Hezbollah and their own terrorist network, expanding Iran's global reach.

"Global reach doesn't just mean India, or Georgia, or Bangkok, it also might well mean the United States of America," Rascoff said.

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