It’s Godzilla to the rescue.
Last week’s terrorist threat warning for the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge apparently was issued after an Al Qaeda prisoner kept referring cryptically to the monster pic.
FBI investigators interrogating Abu Zubaydah then rushed out and rented Roland Emmerich’s “Godzilla,” the 1998 remake starring Matthew Broderick, according to published reports over the weekend.
The film depicts Ms. Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge being imperiled by the dragon-like creature. In the final scene, Godzilla becomes entangled in the wires of the famous span.
Zubaydah offered fragmented info, including the possibility that terrorists might attack “the bridge in that movie” — referring to the 1998 “Godzilla.” Zubaydah, believed to be a top Al Qaeda lieutenant, also reportedly said “the statue in the water” might be a target.
FBI investigators deduced from watching “Godzilla” that he was talking about the Statue of Liberty.
After the viewing, investigators decided to warn a special FBI-New York Police Dept. joint terrorist task force. In turn, the task force alerted New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.
Kelly decided to make the threat public after tightening security at city landmarks.
A New York Police Dept. spokesman declined to discuss last week’s terrorist warning, or Kelly’s decision to go public. “I don’t know what the hell you are talking about,” the spokesman told Daily Variety when asked about “Godzilla.”