A False Tip Concerning a Bomb Plot in New York City

Phil Pulaski

Phil Pulaski

Phil Pulaski has 36 years of law enforcement experience, and was Chief of Detectives of the NYPD for more than 5 years where he was responsible for 3,600 personnel. In the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Phil Pulaski managed the NYPD’s counterterrorism and weapons of mass destruction operations. He also supervised, together with his FBI counterpart, numerous terrorism related investigations including the 9-11 World Trade Center attack and October 2001 anthrax attacks. From 2001 to 2006, Phil Pulaski served as NYPD commanding officer of the FBI / NYPD Joint Terrorist Task Force, and commanding officer of the NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau and the NYPD Intelligence Division. During that time, Phil Pulaski was responsible for the NYPD programs involving (i) counterterrorism investigations (ii) human and electronic intelligence collection operations; (iii) intelligence processing, analysis, and dissemination; (iv) counterterrorism technology evaluation; (v) critical infrastructure protection (vi) counterterrorism training; and (vii) the NYPD officers assigned to 11 cities in 9 foreign countries.

Among the high profile cases Phil Pulaski managed was one that involved a jeweler making a false subway bomb plot report in 2005. Centered on the Fourth of July holiday, the bogus report launched an intensive and expensive terrorist investigation requiring 40 personnel and covert techniques such as 24/7 surveillance. The guilty party was Syrian native Rimon Alkatri, who identified himself on the terrorism tip line as an Israeli citizen and gave details of a plot that cost authorities more than $100,000 to investigate.

With the motivation apparently revenge, Alkatri identified five Syrians working in the jewelry industry as suspects and provided specific details that led authorities to believe him. With charges being brought against Alkatri in 2006, the district attorney was calling for a mandatory seven years sentence upon conviction. Alkatri ultimately received a six month sentence for making the false tip.