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Muslim Who Stabbed Cops in Times Square Wanted to Target ‘a Uniformed Officer’ He Considered An ‘Enemy of the State’

Which state? The New York Post, as hopeless as the rest of the establishment media, shows no curiosity about this question. But clearly Trevor Bickford, after he converted to Islam, was no stalwart American patriot. He wanted to target a uniformed officer as an enemy of the Islamic state.

Machete attack suspect Trevor Bickford targeted NYPD as ‘enemy of the state:’ sources

by Joe Marino, Larry Celona and Jorge Fitz-Gibbon, New York Post, January 1, 2023:

The 19-year-old alleged Islamic radical suspected in the New Year’s Eve machete attack on NYPD cops had specifically sought to target “a uniformed officer” or someone armed because he believed them to be an “enemy of the state,” sources told The Post on Sunday.

Trevor Bickford, of Wells, Maine, allegedly went to Midtown on Saturday night to assault police officers or “someone with a gun,” the sources said he told the feds after his arrest.

The suspect allegedly said he’d hatched the plot as recently as Friday, according to sources.

Bickford “found religion” after his father’s overdose death in 2018 and became radicalized as recently as a month ago, according to sources.

He was already on an FBI terrorism watchlist after his mother and aunt tipped off the agency about his allegedly extremist views, the sources said.

The attacker was a “lone wolf” who did not appear to be affiliated with any particular Islamic extremist group, but noted the investigation is still active and ongoing with cops combing through his cellphone and computer, the sources said.

He apparently had planned to travel to Afghanistan to join Islamic militants, according to sources — but instead traveled to New York alone, arriving on Dec. 29, and was staying at the Bowery Mission….

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NYC: Muslim Who Stabbed Two Cops in Times Square Was On The FBI’s Watchlist

Clearly the feds weren’t watching Bickford closely. They were too busy trying to find “white supremacists.”

REVEALED: Times Square ‘jihadi’, 19, was on an FBI ‘watchlist’ after being radicalized and vowing to fight in Afghanistan before stabbing rookie NYPD cop in the head on New Year’s Eve: ‘Terrorist’s’ brother is in US Army

by Andrea Cavallier, DailyMail.com, January 1, 2023:

The alleged Islamic extremist who stabbed a rookie NYPD cop in the head with a machete in Times Square on New Year’s Eve has been pictured.

Trevor Bickford, 19, from Wells, Maine, is seen in unsuspecting photographs shared by his mother on Facebook from his birthday in the summer.

She refers to him as an ‘old soul’ and repeatedly tells him how much she loves him after he left their home for Seattle in September.

Her social media also reveals her other son Devin is in the US Army, with him pictured alongside the suspected jihadist in one shot.

It comes after Bickford allegedly slashed two officers with a machete on 8th Avenue near Times Square around 10pm last night.

Another officer shot him in the shoulder and he was rushed to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, along with the two cops. They are all expected to survive.

There appears to be no criminal record for Bickford, police sources said. But they say the FBI in Boston do have an open case on him. He is on a ‘guardian list’ because of his radicalization. The New York Post reports that Bickford apparently made statements to his aunt about a desire to go fight in Afghanistan, and she notified the authorities.

The attack happened just outside of the high-security zone where thousands of revelers were screened for weapons as they prepared to ring in 2023.

Both officers were slashed in their heads, including the rookie cop who suffered a skull fracture along with an 8-year veteran who had a head laceration….



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Why Are Feds Threatening to Black Out Times Square? by MARC SCRIBNER

Colleagues tipped me off to an absurd news story about how the federal government is threatening to punish New York City for its famously gaudy Times Square electronic billboards:

It is known as the “Crossroads of the World,” the “Center of the Universe” and “the Great White Way,” but Times Square could become like the “Black Hole of Calcutta” if the federal government has its way. . .

The feds say many of Times Square’s huge and neon-lit billboards must come down or the city will lose about $90 million in federal highway money.

The edict comes from a 2012 law that makes Times Square an arterial route to the national highway system. And that puts it under the 1965 Highway Beautification Act, which limits signs to 1,200 square feet. It took the feds until now to realize that Times Square was included. . .

City Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg agrees.

“The signs in Times Square are wonderful. They’re iconic. They’re not only a global tourist attraction, they’re important to the economy,” Trottenberg said.

She said she’s not going to let it happen.

“We’re not going to be taking down the billboards in Times Square. We’re going to work with the federal government and the state and find a solution,” Trottenberg said.

Some have suggested that this is an example of regulators run amok. It isn’t. This is a classic example of Congress passing stupid laws, ordering regulators to implement them stupidly, and then forgetting about them until unintended consequences spring up down the line.

Allow me to explain what’s going on here, as virtually all the news articles and commentary out there provide next to zero context.

As the article noted, in the last surface transportation bill (the MAP-21 Act), Section 1104 created what is now known as the “enhanced National Highway System.” The enhanced National Highway System refers to MAP-21’s amendment to include, “Other urban and rural principal arterial routes … that were not included on the National Highway System before the date of enactment of the MAP-21.”

In a nutshell, this provision added roads that meet the definition of “principal arterial” to the National Highway System that were not previously designated as components of the National Highway System.

Why might someone want to do this? Because arterials that aren’t designated as part of the National Highway System are not eligible for federal Highway Program funding. Based on the current statutes and regulations governing National Highway System designations, roads evaluated to be principal arterials by the Federal Highway Administration’s Highway Performance Monitoring System were automatically added to the National Highway System under Congress’s 2012 law.

This included some roadways in New York City.

Enter the Highway Beautification Act of 1965, the brainchild of President Lyndon Johnson’s wife Lady Bird. The law that unnecessarily imposes federal restrictions on outdoor advertisements within 660 feet of the National Highway System.

(As a curious aside, Republicans were so incensed by the Johnson administration’s statist foray into a trivial aesthetic issue that should have been left to the states and private citizens that then-Congressman Bob Dole introduced an amendment that would have replaced every instance of “Secretary of Commerce” in the bill with “Lady Bird.”)

The law prohibits “jumbo” billboards over 1,200 square feet within 660 feet of a National Highway System right-of-way, which now includes none other than Time’s Square. Obviously, this does not sit well with many New Yorkers, who are now facing the prospect of losing 10 percent of their federal highway funding thanks to two dumb pieces of legislation enacted almost 50 years apart.

But the most recent change occurred under the watch of one Polly Trottenberg. Trottenberg, now New York City’s transportation commissioner, was the Under Secretary for Policy at the US Department of Transportation when Congress passed and President Obama signed MAP-21 into law in 2012.

It was her job to understand the legislation and serve as chief advisor to the Secretary of Transportation on implementation. Apparently she missed a section and is now forced to reconcile her current outrage as a local official with her past incompetence as a federal official.

Federal regulators are not “abusing” their authority by attempting to de-glitz Times Square. The problem is an unintended statutory conflict, and it rests at the feet of Congress. As Jake Flanagan notes, the Federal Highway Administration has bent over backwards not to turn off the lights or impose the Highway Beautification Act’s 10% highway funding penalty.

That said, there are basically three options for New York and the feds going forward:

  1. Revert the impacted principal arterial National Highway System designations, although removing these roadways from the National Highway System would cost those corridors federal-aid highway funding;
  2. Attempt to carve out a regulatory exemption for the impacted roadways, although an expansive exemption would likely earn the ire of the scenic highway lobby (yes, they exist) and is likely an unlawful expansion of regulatory power; or
  3. Convince Congress to create a statutory exemption for these types of gaudy but culturally significant mega-advertisements in the next surface transportation reauthorization or MAP-21 extension.

Personally, short of repealing the Highway Beautification Act, I find the third option to be the most appealing. Congress should accept responsibility for this legislative absurdity and fix it.

Marc Scribner

Marc Scribner is a Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, where a version of this post first appeared.