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Al-Qaida wanted to hit Chicago trains, security stepped up
Sun Times ^ | 5-7-11 | Frank Main, Stefano Esposito

Posted on 05/07/2011 12:18:31 PM PDT by STARWISE

Already on high alert because of the killing of Osama bin Laden, rail services in the Chicago area took extra steps Friday to protect their passengers after learning of terrorists’ scheme to derail a train in the United States.

The Department of Homeland Security and FBI released an alert Thursday saying that since February 2010, al Qaeda was discussing a terrorist operation against trains, said Roderick Drew of the Chicago’s 911 center.

“There is no recent information indicating an active ongoing plot to target transportation, nor is there information on possible locations or specific targets,” Drew said.

After the alert was issued, Metra boosted its track inspections, said agency spokeswoman Judy Pardonnet. Metra is guarding against derailments by using “geometry cars” to ensure tracks are the proper width and “highliner” trucks to inspect the tracks, Pardonnet said.

In 2007, officials discovered that railroad spikes were missing from tracks on Metra’s Electric and South Shore lines. The FBI is continuing to investigate their disappearance. There’s a $50,000 reward for information leading to whomever is responsible, Pardonnet said.

Metra has also bolstered uniformed police patrols of its stations and platforms, as well as the use of bomb dogs, Pardonnet said.

Metra, the Chicago Transit Authority and Amtrak have been on high alert since U.S. Special Forces killed bin Laden at his home in Pakistan in a daring raid Sunday, officials said.

Plainclothes Chicago Police officers have been placed in uniform since Monday to increase their visibility, a department spokeswoman said.

Thursday’s alert warned of the possibility of an attack that could take place on a significant U.S. date such as Sept. 11 — the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center attack.

The alert stemmed from a handwritten notebook from February 2010 that was recovered from the home of bin Laden. The notebook included passages about tampering with rail tracks to derail a train on a bridge, possibly on Christmas, New Year’s Day, the day of the State of the Union address or Sept. 11, the New York Times reported Friday.

Although the alert did not list any targeted cities, material gathered from bin Laden’s home indicated that al Qaeda was focused on striking Washington, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, federal officials said.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaida; chicago; incident; obl; osama; osamabinladen; trains

1 posted on 05/07/2011 12:18:34 PM PDT by STARWISE
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To: Velveeta; Chi-townChief; retrokitten; Chgogal

FBI investigating possible train track sabotage
A dozen railroad spikes reported missing from commuter tracks in Chicago
updated 9/27/2007

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Excerpt:

CHICAGO — The FBI is investigating possible sabotage after a dozen railroad spikes were reported missing from a section of commuter train tracks on Chicago’s South Side.

The spikes hold down metal plates that bind the rails to wooden ties underneath.

If a sufficient number of spikes are removed in a contained location, there’s the potential for the rail to shift, which would lead to disastrous results and train derailment,” said Federal Railroad Administration spokesman Steve Kulm.

Metra workers discovered the missing spikes on Monday and notified police and federal authorities, including the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration, which investigates threats to planes and trains.

Checking ties to domestic violence case
The FBI said it was conducting a criminal investigation into “sabotage.” FBI spokesman Ross Rice said agents also were checking for possible connections to a domestic violence case involving a Metra engineer.

“No one has claimed responsibility or called in a threat,” Rice said. “No similar incident has been reported to us in the metropolitan area. This is a serious incident, and we are aggressively investigating.”

Gunshots were fired at two Metra trains on the same line in June, about two miles south of where the spikes were removed.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21014284/42854526


2 posted on 05/07/2011 12:22:37 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE

Related?

Police: IED Found Near Chester Train Tracks

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2716483/posts


3 posted on 05/07/2011 12:23:08 PM PDT by Claud
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To: STARWISE

...just goes to prove, they will target everyone - even where they have support.


4 posted on 05/07/2011 12:25:15 PM PDT by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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To: STARWISE
TSA patdowns come to the Chicago trains.
This will be entertaining...
5 posted on 05/07/2011 12:27:33 PM PDT by grobdriver (Proud Member, Party Of No! No Socialism - No Fascism - Nobama - No Way!)
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To: STARWISE
Not happening, obummer is just trying to find a back door way to fund more light rail, BS for his union thug supporters. If AQ really wanted to do something, and if they had the means they would attack the water supply. Other than that the old vest at a large people event would be the most damaging.
6 posted on 05/07/2011 12:32:51 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: STARWISE
Just great. It may not be original, but right after 911, I thought of a whole lot of vulnerabilities where a terrorist could strike with loss of lives and disabling infrastructure. Trains were one of the first things I thought about and how they could do it. That thought was probably triggered by that one train they took potential terrorists off in St. Louis on 911, don't know what became of those two. And it's not only terrorists per se but malignant people who want to cause havoc for the thrill of it. We've seen plenty of that.

I don't want to give specifics but am annoyed they bring this up again, maybe impossible to avoid if they start inspecting tracks and trains better; word would get out.

I've photographed a couple of train derailments, am kind of a free lancer, never thinking they could have been sabatoge at the time. They do just happen for whatever reason. But one in particular raises my suspicions now. I won't give specifics, but my photos show just how particularly terrible that one could have been on several levels. I'm inclined to think it wasn't terrorism and don't know what a subsequent investigation came up with.

I think a watchful public could be a tremendous help in brainstorming their own locality vulnerabilities. Look at all the close calls we've had and some we never may have found out about.

7 posted on 05/07/2011 12:39:19 PM PDT by Aliska
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To: STARWISE

But, but Obama tells us we are “not in a war on terrorism”. Islam is a “great religion”. “We will never be at war with Islam”. Hmmmmm


8 posted on 05/07/2011 12:39:34 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: Aliska

“Look at all the close calls we’ve had and some we never may have found out about. “

Yes, there are MANY we never hear about.

Obama IGNORES all the warnings.


9 posted on 05/07/2011 12:40:34 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: STARWISE
I this case, I will take a page from a dedeased balladeer, one Tom T. Hall... "I Sleep Good, and Miss a Lot of Trains"... (TTH, unlike OBL, is greatly missed...)

the infowarrior

10 posted on 05/07/2011 12:42:12 PM PDT by infowarrior
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To: Claud

Jeeeeze ... VAPORIZE EVERY SINGLE LAST ONE OF THESE EVIL BEASTS !!!!


11 posted on 05/07/2011 12:49:31 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: Aliska

Yes ! Awareness ... looking @ EVERYTHING in our view as we go about our day is SO critical now. Thank you for being alert! Keep it up.


12 posted on 05/07/2011 12:51:19 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: Aliska

And .. REPORT WHAT YOU FIND, IF IT’S SUSPICIOUS, TO THE FBI.

Beter safe ..


13 posted on 05/07/2011 12:52:01 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE

If nothing else can stop the liberal mania for “high-speed rail” and other billion dollar mass-transit boondoggles, maybe the threat of targeting by Muslim terrorists will.


14 posted on 05/07/2011 12:53:50 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: nmh

Obummer is right. We will never be at war with Islam.

Trouble is they are at war with us with him enabling them every step of the way.


15 posted on 05/07/2011 1:13:13 PM PDT by Carley (We will not tire. We will not falter. We will not fail. W, 9/20/01)
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To: STARWISE
Perhaps it's time for seatbelts on passenger trains?
16 posted on 05/07/2011 1:14:46 PM PDT by JoeFromSidney (New book: RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. A primer on armed revolt. Available form Amazon.)
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To: nmh

Sure he ignores all the warnings - the US can take another hit, as far as he’s concerned.


17 posted on 05/07/2011 1:18:36 PM PDT by Lauren BaRecall (Boehner, you B@st@rd!)
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To: STARWISE
PC alert: the author of the article is referring to the hut as Osama’s “home.” Let's see if this takes off with the MSM.
18 posted on 05/07/2011 1:22:04 PM PDT by Lauren BaRecall (Boehner, you B@st@rd!)
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To: grobdriver

Yeah I am half expecting them to whip the populace into a frenzy with all this terror intel they got from Bin laden’s place.. and use it to justify TSA on every street corner frisking everyone that walks by.


19 posted on 05/07/2011 1:22:15 PM PDT by eXe (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: STARWISE
A couple particular incidents I will share. I was photographing (something) and saw where (something else) was. I deliberately didn't photograph it and was on a public access.

A security guard, think he was the real deal, came up to me and told me if the (company manager) saw me, I'd be ESCORTED off the premises, never a footstep off public access. Huh? I've had several incidents like that.

As to notifying the FBI, I fear they would think I'm crazy, keep it to myself. I did once, but don't bother any more. I had to give my identity and social security number before they would take my report. I didn't really mind too much, but it appears they run some kind of check on informers as well as what you are informing them about.

One guy at the White House under Bush (somehow got routed there another time) was downright rude to me. And I'll share what that was. OK, I was on this weird, hard-to-find group because my friend was on there. Somebody tracked me there and just said hello with a strange Arabic-sounding name (profiling lol). I started running searches I know how to do, led me to all kinds of strange things. He was looking for girls in my area and elsewhere under variations of the same nym. So one of my searches on that individual led to a map of Egypt published in a .tk site which is somewhere in the South Pacific. I didn't know I could google domain names then and may or may not have found it again. I wish I'd done a screen capture and couldn't find the map in my browser cache. The person could have been anybody, but it raised all sorts of red flags POSSIBLY recruiting women. Anyway, I let him know I'd found the map, and it disappeared on the spot. I shouldn't have messed with him (or called anybody). The person just could have been a jerk, who knows? Plus I haven't seen anything suspicious for a long time now.

I don't think I ever posted anything that would arouse a security suspicion, but it occurred to me that the government has people out there to lure people in stings; we know they do for underage sex. I was chatting with an ex-cop on a nice group for something else and said I'd like to help the cops break up kiddie porn rings by looking for and saving anything I found. He warned me NOT to do that, so I never have. See, I'd be the one to get busted for trying to help and have a hard time exonerating myself.

It would be a cold day in hell before I'd ever report anything again, and I have no criminal record. So imagine how a lot of people would be about reporting anything? Well, I'd relent if I really thought anything was in imminent danger, better to make a fool of yourself than find out later you might have been able to prevent something. And I'm sure the authorities brainstorm things, too, I would hope anyway.

20 posted on 05/07/2011 1:48:18 PM PDT by Aliska
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To: STARWISE

That would be a crisis Mayor Emmanuel would like not to see


21 posted on 05/07/2011 2:01:35 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: STARWISE

I can never figure out why these terorist types always go after the poor working taxpaying slob. Why don’t they go after our foul political class? By going after our foul, low, corrupt, and degenerate politicians they may win grudging support from the public. They have bad leadership following bad strategy.


22 posted on 05/07/2011 2:18:20 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: STARWISE

Wasn’t there a vanity post on here a few days ago that mentioned lots of cars parked at Arab neighbor’s house, who lived in poster’s dad’s neighborhood? For some reason I’m thinking it might’ve been Chicago area he was talking about.


23 posted on 05/07/2011 2:41:07 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat ("Celebrate 'Civility'")
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To: bigbob
That would be a crisis Mayor Emmanuel would like not to see

I wouldn't bet on it. It would also be seen as a personal attack on Dear Leader with his "ties" to Chicago.

24 posted on 05/07/2011 4:01:40 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Stay focused: Debt, Deficits & Immigration.)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2714553/posts


25 posted on 05/07/2011 5:52:45 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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