Yesterday, hundreds of NYPD cops, Port Authority cops, MTA cops, NJ Transit cops and National Guardsman others participated in a terror drill at busy transit hubs, such as Grand Central Terminal and Penn Station, in the city. According to the Post, the "drill [was] dubbed Operation MASS -- or Multi-Agency Super Surge, officials said. The regularly-scheduled drill -- which lasted about three hours -- is designed to see how cops can mobilize and coordinate their efforts in the event of an attack."
The drill was planned before the Moscow subway bombings earlier this week. A commuter at Penn Station told the Daily News, "I do feel safer. I don't want to feel like I'm in a police state, but if it's necessary to keep terrorism at bay, I'm all for it." But another was skeptical, "Seeing the dogs and guns like that, it kind of makes you feel like you're in prison. They're trying to make us feel safe but I'm not feeling that."
The NYPD's counterterrorism corrindator Deputy Chief Vincent Giordano said of the heightened security, "By their mere presence they could disrupt a plot."