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Posted on 05/03/2006 9:29:49 PM PDT by bd476
WASHINGTON U.S. mass transit systems should remain alert against possible terror attacks, the Homeland Security Department said in a new warning that highlighted suspicious activity at unnamed European subway stations last fall.
Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke said Wednesday there is no specific or credible intelligence to indicate U.S. transit systems are being targeted, and he described the notice, sent Tuesday, as a routine reminder for transit authority operators, state security advisers and police to remain on guard.
In Chicago, transit authority spokeswoman Sheila Gregory said the nation's second largest transit system had not received any information or warning from Homeland Security regarding suspicious activity at European subway stations.
Joe Pesaturo, a spokesman for the Boston area transit authority, said the agency is already on alert.
"We have received the memo and we are continuing to operate under the procedures we have in place for the elevated threat level," he said.
The notice said a foreign man was arrested in November in an unnamed European city after videotaping the interior and exterior of several subway cars and stations, including trash cans and stairwells. The man taped nearly 17 minutes of subway pictures, the notice said, but "the camera contained no footage of tourist sites."
Three other people were later arrested for similar activity, including two in the last four months, the notice said.
The incidents "prove indications of continued terrorist interest in mass transit systems as targets, and potentially useful insights of the terrorists' surveillance techniques," said the notice, a copy of which was read to The Associated Press.
It added: "DHS has no credible or specific intelligence regarding active plots targeting U.S. mass transit systems."
Knocke said Homeland Security has no immediate plans to raise the nation's terror threat alert level.
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Another it's ok/it's not ok, alert.
All Headline News
Mass Transit Systems Warned To Stay On Alert For Possible Attacks
May 4, 2006 12:01 a.m. EST
Yvonne Lee - All Headline News Staff Reporter
Washington, D.C. (AHN) - The Homeland Security Department warns mass transit systems in the U.S. to stay alert against possible terror attacks.
Homeland Security spokesman, Russ Knocke, tells The Associated Press there is no specific or credible threat against the systems. He says the notice is a routine reminder to transit authorities.
The alert says a foreign man was arrested in Europe last year after he videotaped the interior and exterior of subway cars and stations. He recorded almost 17 minutes of video, but "the camera contained no footage of tourists sites."
The notice says three more people were arrested for similar actions.
It says the suspects' actions "prove indications of continued terrorist interest in mass transit systems as targets, and potentially useful insights of the terrorists' surveillance techniques."
Chicago's transit authority spokeswoman, Sheila Gregory, says they have not gotten any warning from Homeland Security about suspicious activity at European subway stations.
Bostons transit authority spokesman Joe Pesaturo says the agency is already on alert. He says, "We have received the memo and we are continuing to operate under the procedures we have in place for the elevated threat level."
Homeland Security Issues Mass Transit Alert
For those of us around here before 9/11 we all knew it was not if but when.
"in a new warning that highlighted suspicious activity at unnamed European subway stations last fall. "
There must be something else going on and they are just using that as an excuse. No way would they issue an alert in MAY 2006, over some "suspicious activity" LAST FALL, as in over six months ago.
Recently the TSA also issued an alert about private planes.
As I said, I think there must be more going on and fresh intelligence, they just don't want to be specific, so as not to let the terrorists know exactly what we know and how we know it.
Industry News > TSA Advisory: Business Jets Could be Targeted
April 13, 2006
According to the Transportation Safety Administration, on April 13, a message posted in Arabic on a web forum explained how to identify private American jets and urged Muslims to destroy all such aircraft:
"Destroy private American aircraft We call upon all Muslims to follow and identify private civilian American aircrafts in all airports of the world It is the duty of Muslims to destroy all types of private American aircrafts that are of the types Gulf Stream and Lear Jet and all small jet aircraft usually used by distinguished (people) and businessmen."
The message also advised readers how to identify American aircraft and provided the tail number of a private aircraft allegedly used by the CIA.
TSA reminds general aviation aircraft and airport owners and operators to review the security measures contained in the TSA Information Publication, Security Guidelines for General Aviation Airports, and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Associations materials Airport Watch Program materials. In addition, general aviation aircraft and airport owners and operators are encouraged to consider the following:
--Secure unattended aircraft to prevent unauthorized use.
--Verify the identification of crew and passengers prior to departure.
--Verify that baggage and cargo are known to the persons on board.
--Where identification systems are in place, encourage employees to wear proper identification and challenge persons not wearing proper identification.
--Direct increased vigilance to unknown pilots and/or clients for aircraft rental or charters, as well as unknown service/delivery personnel.
--Be alert/aware of and report persons masquerading as pilots, security personnel, emergency medical technicians, or other personnel using uniforms and/or vehicles as methods to gain access to aviation facilities or aircraft.
--Be alert/aware of and report aircraft with unusual or unauthorized modifications.
--Be alert/aware of and report persons loitering in the vicinity of aircraft or air operations areas as well as persons loading unusual or unauthorized payload onto aircraft.
--Be alert/aware of and report persons who appear to be under stress or the control of other persons.
--Be alert/aware of and report persons whose identification appears altered or inconsistent.
The theft of any General Aviation aircraft should be immediately reported to the appropriate authorities and the TSA General Aviation Hotline at 866-GASECUR (866-427-3287). In addition, persons should report any suspicious activity immediately to local law enforcement and the TSA General Aviation Hotline.
I was here. I saw our media reporting, that we shouldn't assume it was terrorist related as the 2nd plane flew in.
KUTV 2 CBS Salt Lake City
May 3, 2006 3:32 pm US/Mountain
New Terror Alert Issued To U.S. Transit Systems
(KUTV / AP) WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Department of Homeland Security issued a new warning to mass transit systems in the United States on Wednesday, to be alert against possible terror attacks.
Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke said there is no specific or credible intelligence to indicate U.S. transit systems are being targeted, but he described the warning as a reminder for transit authority operators, state security advisers and police to remain on guard.
The notice pointed out separate incidents which happened in Europe last fall, and described a foreign man who was arrested after videotaping the interior and exterior of several subway cars and stations, including trash cans and stairwells.
The man taped nearly 17 minutes of subway pictures, the notice said, but "the camera contained no footage of tourist sites."
Three other people were later arrested for similar activity, the notice said.
The new warning said the incidents "prove indications of continued terrorist interest in mass transit systems as targets, and potentially useful insights of the terrorists' surveillance techniques."
Knocke said Homeland Security has no immediate plans to raise the nation's terror threat alert level. It was not immediately clear why the arrests six months ago would prompt the new notice. (Emphasis added.)
However, Knocke said it was not connected to Wednesday's sentencing verdict of al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, who was sentenced to life in prison.
A spokeswoman for the American Public Transportation Association, which represents the nation's subway, rail and bus systems, did not have an immediate comment.
U.S. mass transit systems were put on high alert for 36 days last summer after London's deadly July 7 bombings on three subway trains and a bus. Those attacks killed 52 people and the four bombers.
New Terror Alert Issued To U.S. Transit Systems
Probably just Amish tourists.
Per ED HILL , FNC, "it seems a small two engine plane has crashed into the WTC".
I hope that you are wrong.
Well again, considering that it's KCAL and there's nothing yet on the wires about this, and considering that ...
Well we just don't know much anymore.
Not being reported on any cable channels I have surfed.
Well, lets see if there is an update:
Ok, here it is:
"American Airlines plane makes emergency landing at DIA"
By Associated Press
May 3, 2006
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The plane landed safely before 10:30 p.m., Snyder said. It was met with emergency vehicles, but there were no injuries.
Synder said the aircraft would be inspected to see if there were any problems with the nose gear or the warning light.
A message left for an American Airlines spokesman by The Associated Press was not immediately returned."
Here's an additional link for the mass transit alert:
And I think this is the second emergency landing in a couple of days.
I do think that there is some serious threat and potential attack.
Note the advisories and the several tapes by the various AQ -- AQ's MOD is to warn in tapes, then attack.
But I rather have a number of false alarms, than to miss a real attack.
That's kind of you bd476 and you're welcome.
Allllriiiiighty then....(wink, wink)
Actually there were two reports of American take off problems This makes three. Maybe these guys are taking the alert very seriously. The better safe than sorry.......
And then there's this. But it was just a harmless little prank. /sarcasm
Pellets Fired At Metrolink Train Cause Delay
May 3, 2006 7:28 pm US/Pacific
(CBS) CHATSWORTH Pellets were fired at a northbound Metrolink train north of Chatsworth Wednesday, frightening some passengers, but only causing a brief delay, authorities said.
The shots were fired at Train 113, which had left Union Station at 4:25 and was due to arrive in Ventura at 6:10 p.m., according to Denise Tyrrell of Metrolink.
None of the double-paneled windows were broken, but one pellet penetrated an outer panel, Tyrrell said.
The train arrived in Ventura shortly after its scheduled time and crews were sent to repair the window, Tyrrell said.
The shooting occurred when the train was north of Chatsworth, south of the tunnel linking the San Fernando Valley and Simi Valley, she said. Emphasis added.
It is suspected that pranksters had fired the pellets, Tyrrell said. Earlier in the afternoon, someone threw a paintball at another Metrolink train.
"This was more of a nuisance than anything else," Tyrrell said. "It's pretty hard to hurt the train."
The conductor was slightly upset, because at first he thought someone was shooting at him, Tyrrell said.
"The conductor is usually standing and is the person most likely to be seen from outside," Tyrrell said.
Pellets Fired At Metrolink Train Cause Delay
These guys are nervous. Blown tires, a bulb burning out, kids throwing things at trains would normally be taken in stride. We have to be careful because if we start jumping at shadows the enemy wins without doing anything. At the same time we have to be cautious and ready. A difficult situation.
Pellet guns are no big deal unless you are standing up in the train and can't tell if it's a pellet or a bullet.
Some people take kids throwing stuff at cars pretty badly. There was a kid shot and killed for tossing an egg at a car as it passed by in Indiana last year. The driver went home, loaded his gun and went back for revenge. A teenage boy playing a prank lost his life over that one.
My Mom once worked on the prosecution of some teenagers who threw a water balloon off an overpass. It killed a driver.
PING! Thought you might be interested in this.
But let's send it out just when gas prices are high and people are considering using mass transit instead of driving....
I was on a plane that did something like that. They announced we'd be landing in about 15 minutes or so, then went into a rather steep bank -- and stayed there. After a while it occurred to me that we were flying in circles. And, a lot more than the few minutes to landing had transpired, with no mention of anything over the PA system.
After a long wait, el kapitan comes on and announces that there's a bit of a problem. One of the wing slats is stuck, and they can't un-stick it. But, they're "working on an idea", and they are very hopeful that we will be able to land safely.
After a very long time (I forget the exact time scale, thankfully memory has been blotted of much of that terror, but as I recall, we were supposed to land early evening and ended up on ground near midnight), he says OK, here we go, we think we'll be OK.
When we got to the runway, he touched the wheels down within about a tenth of an inch of the very beginning of the pavement, and hit the thrust reversers within about a nanosecond of touchdown.
The plane went screaming down the runway, and as I looked out the window I could see stuff on the ground whizzing by (*whup* *whup* *whup* *whup*). The plane did not seem to be slowing down very much if at all.
He'd landed it at flight speed!
Although we were never given an explanation, my conclusion was that instead of unsticking the stuck slat, so that they could extend it, they withdrew the other slat, to allow level flight. However, sans slats, there was no way they could slow to landing speed without stalling.
When the plane finally slowed down enough to turn off the runway -- which was at the far end of the runway -- we saw a couple of rows of firetrucks lined up, lights flashing. Glorious Leader came back on the PA to inform us not to worry about what we'd seen, that he'd told them that we didn't need the emergency vehicles, but since they were scheduled to have the exercize then anyway (golly, what a coincidence!), they decided to deploy them.
After we landed, we were held captive on the plane for several more hours. People were allowed to leave if they wanted -- but, the airport had just closed down the car rental counters. How thoughtful and considerate. When it took off again for the final leg of the flight, there was absolute silence in the passenger cabin. I still have my wife's fingernail marks in my hand from the final landing.
Fly Northwest again? NEVER!
The icing on the cake is that this occurred during one of their infamous "work slowdowns", and the takeoff was delayed by several hours while they went through the motions of pretending to find a problem (a stuck window in the kitchen!), and having to find the one person in the area "qualified" to repair it, and then another delay waiting to find the right parts, yada yada yada. Another passenger, fed up, told one of the smirking NWA clowns that he knew there was nothing wrong with the plane, that they were just abusing us because of their "work slowdown". The clowns looked at him with a real snarky smile, and silently walked off without saying a word.
So, for that BS they had all the time in the world -- but for real maintenance, well, I guess there just wasn't time to address those issues.
I used to think that Republic had established the benchmark for exactly how rude and abusive an airline could possibly be, but then, when they got absorbed into Northwest, I found out that it was just a starting point. I could go on with some of the other insane BS they've pulled, but I'm already off-topic enough. Suffice it to say that "stuff happens" that does NOT make it to "the news". I wonder how many events like this happen each year.
Northwest has a rather horrid history. At one point, a couple of years ago, they were arresting pilots for flying drunk and then there were the baggage handlers secretly videotaped tossing bags and fragile goods around just for fun to see how many they could damage.
I traveled twice with Northwest, both times having to go through the airport in Detroit. That was a whole 'nuther story there too. As Dave Barry would say, that airport shold be remodeled with nuclear weapons.
You had your eyes open and were looking out the window? Not me. Not only would my eyes be tightly shut, but I would be trying to get into the lap of the person next to me.
If 9/11 didn't teach the lesson, I doubt anything will. How nuts do you have to be to not believe they'll hit us again, and in fact, hit us again in their favorite places: New York City and Washington DC.
Did you read this?
yes ... and how the Democrats did nothing about fighting terrorists
I am looking for something to read after I finish "The Coming Nuclear War with Iran" by Kenneth Timmerman. Did you read that one? Clinton sold Iran all the necessary items for their arsenal. He turned a blind eye. But who cares! Also the Sword and the Prophet looks good.
As a kid/college student I used to fly on their Convair 580s out of Oshkosh.