Has the NYPD Really Foiled Fourteen Terrorist Plots Since 9/11?

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"In a word, no," according to ProPublica, which provides a detailed dismantling today of the frequently trotted out statistic. The exaggerated back-patting includes a handful of alleged terrorist plans that never made it out of the discussion phase, a few handled by other agencies, and a couple in which a government informant was pulling all of the strings. It's not that we're not grateful, it's just that fourteen is a real stretch.