The NYPD chief says his department can shoot down an airliner in an emergency. But terrorism experts wonder who would give the police that authority.
Replied Mr. Kelly, “Yes, I prefer not to get into the details, but obviously this would be in an extreme situation.”
However extreme that might be, some terrorism experts question whether Kelly does or should have that authority.
Probably one of the first places that would be actively involved if another 9/11 type of situation came up would be the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. [Editor's note: The original version of this story listed the wrong location for Peterson Air Force Base.]