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Oct 5, 2009 6:27 PM by Associated Press

NYC to expand its high-tech counterterror system

A network of security cameras, license plate readers and weapons sensors designed to protect lower Manhattan from terrorist threats is now expanding to New York City's midtown area.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly say the city will extend the counterterrorism system into an area that includes Grand Central Terminal, Pennsylvania Station and Times Square.

Sunday's expansion announcement comes after the arrest last month of Najibullah Zazi, who's accused of plotting a terror attack on New York City.

He has pleaded not guilty to conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction.

The high-tech counterterror network started running last year, and covers an area that includes the New York Stock Exchange and the World Trade Center site.

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