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

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 27:  Members of the New York Police Department (NYPD) take part in a promotion ceremony attended by New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly at Police Headquarters on January 27, 2012 in New York City. Kelly appeared in the film "The Third Jihad" Muslim groups are asking him to step down, saying that the film they depicts Islam and its followers in a bad light. The film was shown to hundreds and maybe thousands of NYPD officers for training purposes. Commissioner Kelly refused to answer questions relating to rape allegations involving his son, TV host Greg Kelly.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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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.