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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Increased Security For NY Subways During Holidays

Each Holiday season we hear reports of increased security due to intelligence gathered which hints at an attack of some kind or other.

While this latest intelligence is unsubstantiated, there is no choice but to remain vigilant and for our government to make sure they increase security, which is what is being done during the holiday season on New York subways, according to an Associated Press report:

Federal authorities are warning law enforcement personnel of a possible terror plot against the New York City subway and train systems during the holiday season, and police are beefing up security in preparation.

An internal memo obtained by The Associated Press says the FBI has received a "plausible but unsubstantiated" report that al-Qaida terrorists in late September may have discussed attacking the subway system.

A person briefed on the matter, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the intelligence-gathering work, said the threat may also be directed at the passenger rail lines running through New York, such as Amtrak and the Long Island Rail Road, which are particularly busy with Thanksgiving holiday travelers.

A U.S. counterterror official, also speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to do so publicly, said senior government officials have been briefed because the FBI very recently received credible information about possible attacks over the holiday season, and authorities are particularly concerned about this long holiday weekend.

Better safe than sorry. It is when this type of activity and threats, substantiated or not, is ignored, that we are in the most danger.