New York – At the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s counterterrorism compound in the Chelsea neighborhood, the urgent announcement sends special agents rushing to the streets.
Has a secret terrorist cell been uncovered? A trove of bomb-making materials, perhaps?
The warning, it turns out, often concerns a matter far more mundane – even as it is universally alarming:
“If you’re parked on the south side of 18th Street, they’re towing cars.” Read more at the New York Times.
For decades, the F.B.I.’s vehicles were off limits to New York City tow trucks, given the bureau’s authority. But over the last few years, the Police Department has towed hundreds of cars belonging to this and other governmental agencies. Not even police vehicles are exempt.