On Wednesday, ISIS released a new propaganda video threatening a terror attack on New York City, the New York Postreported. The video contains chilling images of terrorist suicide bombers training spliced with familiar Manhattan cityscapes, including images of Times Square and Herald Square.
Given these vivid scenes, it's hard not to fear that ISIS operatives are already squirrled away somewhere in the city (especially when, as the Postreports, Syrian community leaders suspect that ISIS is "already at work" in the U.S.)
There's just one problem: This footage of New York is stock footage, strategically edited to make us cower in fear. The smart folks at BuzzFeed News managed to dig up the stock footage that ISIS is thought to have used to spread fear in the streets of New York:
Last night ISIS released a video claiming to show a man walking through New York City with a bomb. BuzzFeed News found that their NYC shots were actually from the YouTube page of Stock Footage website
Posted by BuzzFeed News on Thursday, November 19, 2015
New York City officials on Thursday dismissed the propaganda video as a "hastily produced ... mishmash of previously released video," CBS reports. During a press conference Wednesday night, both New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton that there is no "credible of specific" threat against the city.
"It is the goal of terrorists to intimidate and disrupt our democratic society," said de Blasio. "We will not submit to their wishes."
He's right. Whenever you see a new ISIS propoganda video circulating on the internet, just remember two things: that ISIS is a bunch of pussies, and they're shitty propagandists despite their technological prowess. ISIS wants you to be afriad — so don't give them what they want.