Long Island Terror Email Hoax
Email claims that a terrorist attack
on Long Island will occur on the 26th November, 2004 (Full commentary below.
(Submitted, November 2004)
Subject: terror attack Long Island Malls
I am sending this email to the Red Cross to inquire. Nonetheless,
please read it and try and shop around Nov. 26, not THE 26th.
Her email is not a "forward to 10 people" It is personally
written and personally sent to her friends based on facts she
is personally aware of.
Some information has come to me. It has not been released to
the general public, but it's something we all need to be aware
A couple of weeks ago someone was seen taking photos of my
ambulance company in Bay Shore. This same person was seen
outside Exchange Ambulance in Islip doing the same. The
police were notified and the person was apprehended outside
Southside hospital, again taking photos.
He is a man of Middle Eastern descent and is being held for
investigation. It seems that he was gathering information
about our response capabilities in a mass casualty attack.
The NY Field Office of the FBI held a meeting at Bay Shore
Fire Department for officials from the local PD, EMS and
FD's. They have information from this man and from their
own intelligence that a mass attack is planned for Long
On Black Friday (November 26) 4 Long Island Malls are
supposed to be hit simultaneously with chemical weapons.
This would be the first time a chemical weapon is used in
the United States. Forces from NYC and Washington DC would
be diverted to aid here on Long Island leaving these areas
vulnerable. A second attack would take place in these areas.
Ever since 9/11 EMS has undergone extensive training on how
to deal with a terrorist attack and to think it could really
happen here is terrifying.
There is also concern about car bombings as a large number
of vehicles have gone missing in Nassau and Suffolk
counties. Ambulances, taxi's,commercial vans and airport
limos have been reported stolen. These vehicles look
perfectly innocent driving through our neighborhoods and
no one would think twice about seeing them.
This is not an internet scam. The officers at my department
were at this meeting and I saw the minutes myself. I figure
it's pretty serious if the FBI made an appearance to share
what they know.
I'm not sure why this isn't being released to the public.
I can only assume that if this got out, no one would shop
and it would be devastating to our economy.
I do not want to spread panic, only information. Take from
this what you will, but I needed to let you all know. I love
you all and I felt I needed to share this with you. I know
it's hard to believe. I can't believe that an Al Qaeda
operative was only a few blocks from my home.
During November 2004 an email began circulating that claimed that a terrorist attack
on Long Island was to occur on the 26th November, supposedly
involving chemical weapons. However, there was no evidence to
support the claims made in the email and authorities
dismissed it as a hoax. No such attack eventuated.
It is believed that the information in the email was derived from
an anti-terrorist training exercise conducted by the volunteer
ambulance corps and law enforcement agencies. The drill involved
a scenario in which malls were attacked with chemical weapons.
The email claims that police apprehended a "man of Middle Eastern
descent" for taking photographs of an ambulance company. However,
police have denied that such an arrest occurred.
Although the original email may have been sent as a result
of a genuine misunderstanding, or as a sick joke, it was most
likely just an attempt to spread unnecessary fear and alarm. Since the WTC
attack, there have been a number of false terrorist attack "warnings"
circulated via email. In a world plagued by the spectre of
terrorism, perpetrating a hoax like this one is particularly
Last updated: 8th December 2009
First published: November 2004
Write-up by Brett M. Christensen