What is wrong with these people? They were being warned that there was a terrorist on the loose and they want to talk about the political correctness of it. This is ridiculous!
Many New Yorkers say they were left furious after authorities issued a terror alert to every inhabitant’s phone – with some even claiming it made them feel less safe and it could lead to racial profiling.
Early yesterday morning, millions of people in the city and in New Jersey received the urgent message telling them to be on the look out for Ahmad Khan Rahami.
Authorities had launched a huge manhunt for Rahami after he was declared a suspect in the Chelsea and New Jersey bombings.
The message came shortly before 8am with a piercing ring – the same that usually signals an Amber alert or tornado advisory.
But this time, authorities used the service to identify a possible terror suspect. The message read: ‘Emergency Alert. WANTED: Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28-yr-old male. See media for pic. Call 9-1-1 if seen.’
And with everybody’s cellphone pinging off at the same time, New Yorkers said it led to a sense of panic across the city, especially as the alert did not include a link or a picture of the wanted man.
Taking to Twitter Lance Ulanoff wrote: ‘If commuters weren’t already on edge today, this alert which just rang through the entire train just got us there.’
Anil Dash tweeted: ‘Great way to terrorize a full bus of schoolkids is having all their parents’ phones blare a scary alarm they can’t do anything about. ‘
While Tony Romm added: ‘Friends tell me entire cars of trains and street corners and the like erupted in alerts, scaring the s*** out of everyone.’
Meanwhile, other New Yorkers were concerned the alert would make certain ethnic minorities a victim of racial profiling, as the message did not include a picture of Rahami.
Kenyatta Cheese wrote on Twitter: ‘Shoutout to my fellow brown persons who had originally planned on taking the subway to the airport today with luggage.’
Shuja Haider, who lives in the Bushwick area of Brooklyn, said when he saw Rahami’s name and age he immediately searched for an image — to see if the suspect looked like him. He was relieved to see no resemblance.