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December 6, 2006 3:00 AM

New York's extensive war on terrorism rivals national effort

Scores of police officers pulled their squad cars to a stop just before dawn by the public library in Midtown Manhattan, parking on both sides of a converted mobile home, a command post on wheels. Inside, surrounded by half a dozen police captains, Inspector Sal DiPace opened a packet stamped sensitive that laid out how 200 cops from all five New York boroughs would help protect Americas largest city from terrorists on the day before Thanksgiving. Welcome to the front line in the war on terrorism, a metropolis of 8 million people scarred forever by the huge pit where the World Trade Center once stood, a city whose leaders are making an all-out effort to ensure that Sept. 11 never happens again.

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