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Homeland Security Issues Mass Transit Alert
Fox News/Associated Press ^ | May 04, 2006

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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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Illinois; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: buses; dhs; jihadinamerica; masstransit; rail; subways; threatalert; trains
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To: bd476

Not being reported on any cable channels I have surfed.

21 posted on 05/03/2006 10:22:44 PM PDT by onyx (They're ILLEGAL! --- tough, FACTS DON'T MATTER.)
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To: bd476

Well, lets see if there is an update:

Ok, here it is:,1299,DRMN_15_4672273,00.html

"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."

22 posted on 05/03/2006 10:23:04 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: bd476

Here's an additional link for the mass transit alert:

23 posted on 05/03/2006 10:24:53 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Cindy; onyx; CindyDawg
You are the best, Cindy! Thank you very much for your update.
24 posted on 05/03/2006 10:27:24 PM PDT by bd476
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To: bd476

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.

25 posted on 05/03/2006 10:27:56 PM PDT by FairOpinion (Dem Foreign Policy: SURRENDER to our enemies. Real conservatives don't help Dems get elected.)
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To: bd476

That's kind of you bd476 and you're welcome.

26 posted on 05/03/2006 10:34:54 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: FairOpinion
That's a good point, FairOpinion.

Yes, there was an emergency landing at Bush International Airport after a departing plane blew out its left side tires.

Pilot trying emergency landing at Bush Intercontinental Airport Plane landed safely)
27 posted on 05/03/2006 10:39:00 PM PDT by bd476
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To: FairOpinion; bd476
Between the democrats, liberal media and Arlen Specter doing every thing they can to block intelligence gathering .. I expect to be hit again

The question is .. will those idiots ever learn from history

Sadly .. I doubt it and lives will be lost because of politicians playing games with our lives ... and all for the glory of power
29 posted on 05/03/2006 10:40:38 PM PDT by Mo1 (DEMOCRATS: A CULTURE OF TREASON)
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To: bd476
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.

Allllriiiiighty then....(wink, wink)


30 posted on 05/03/2006 10:42:59 PM PDT by abigailsmybaby ("This is the sort of English up with which I will not put." Winston Churchill)
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To: bd476

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.......

31 posted on 05/03/2006 10:48:32 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: Mo1
I think you're right, Mo.

The answer from me is nope, I doubt they will ever learn from history
because they never have.

Sadly, I agree with your answer, Mo. You've described a big part
of the problem all too well.
32 posted on 05/03/2006 10:50:27 PM PDT by bd476
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To: abigailsmybaby
Yep. That's a bigggg allllriiiiighty, lol.
33 posted on 05/03/2006 10:52:24 PM PDT by bd476
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To: BurbankKarl; onyx; FairOpinion; CindyDawg; Cindy; neodad; Brad's Gramma; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...
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

34 posted on 05/03/2006 11:01:36 PM PDT by bd476
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To: bd476

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.

35 posted on 05/03/2006 11:06:49 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: CindyDawg

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.

36 posted on 05/03/2006 11:13:50 PM PDT by bd476
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To: JustPiper


37 posted on 05/03/2006 11:27:38 PM PDT by STARWISE (They (Rats) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author:)
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To: bd476

My Mom once worked on the prosecution of some teenagers who threw a water balloon off an overpass. It killed a driver.

38 posted on 05/03/2006 11:49:59 PM PDT by BykrBayb ("We will not be silent. We are your bad conscience. The White Rose will give you no rest.")
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To: feefee

PING! Thought you might be interested in this.


39 posted on 05/04/2006 12:59:04 AM PDT by gardencatz ( At least I don't have to worry about being one of their 72 virgins.)
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To: FairOpinion; PhilDragoo; potlatch; ntnychik

40 posted on 05/04/2006 2:33:28 AM PDT by devolve ((----Kimberly Guilfoyle - bicoastal or another thespian?))
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