Overnight, the American flags that have flown over the Brooklyn bridge for decades were mysteriously taken down and replaced with white flags, which usually symbolize surrender. With security measures in place to protect the New York landmark, the question needs to be asked whether this was an inside job.
The flag replacement could have been outsiders preparing for some attack meant to do actual damage, to judge response time and overall reaction.
Or it could have been simply a prank.
According to Fox News:
New York City police Tuesday were investigating how the two American flags that historically sit on top of the Brooklyn Bridge’s 273-foot towers were stolen and replaced with two white flags, which are known universally to symbolize surrender. The white flags were removed by noon, but police said they are investigating the issue, which may indicate a serious security breach on one of the city’s most secured landmarks. One of the white flags, viewed via video, appeared to have faint traces of stars and stripes on it. Police said it was not clear what time they were placed there – or by whom, but told Fox News that there is a chance the flags were put in place legally.
This is a troubling sight, not only for the symbolism of it, but for the very obvious lapse of security. After 9-11, these sites were supposed to be some of the most securely guarded places on Earth, but there is still work that needs to be done, obviously.
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