What are they going to do, hijack the train to Havana?

May 9th, 2011

Sen. Charles Schumer said he would push as well for added funding for rail security and commuter and passenger train track inspections and more monitoring of stations nationwide.

“Circumstances demand we make adjustments by increasing funding to enhance rail safety and monitoring on commuter rail transit and screening who gets on Amtrak passenger trains, discount cialis doctor so that we can provide a greater level of security to the public,” the New York Democrat said at a news conference.

U.S. officials last week said evidence found after the raid on bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan indicated the al Qaeda leader or his associates had engaged in discussions or planning for a possible attack on a train inside the United States on September 11, 2011.

Schumer, citing U.S. intelligence analysts, said attacks were also considered on Christmas and New Year’s Day and following the president’s State of the Union address.

He called on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to expand the Secure Flight monitoring program, which cross-checks air travelers with the terror watch list in an attempt to prevent anyone on the “no-fly list” from boarding, for use on Amtrak.

Such a procedure would create an Amtrak “no-ride list” to keep suspected terrorists off the U.S. rail system, he said.

Because the bad guys can’t just park a semi full of toxic chemicals on a railroad crossing right in front of a train, right?

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  • 1. Nick  |  May 9th, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    And didn’t Obama try to sell everyone on high speed rail during his State of the Union on how we wouldn’t need to be strip searched to get on a plane? So much for that idea… as if most of us didn’t realize it was a lie anyway.

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