As noted yesterday, the government is exploiting the Osama death fantasy as an excuse to expand the police state grid in the United States and acclimate the populace to the presence of militarized cops and unconstitutional random searches in mass transit hubs.
Now the feds warn al-Qaeda may strike the rail sector. “An advisory has been sent to law enforcement officials asking them to be vigilant about train security based on information uncovered at Osama bin Laden’s compound after his death,” reports NBC New York.
The feds have yet to definitively prove that Osama was killed in Pakistan. Despite this fact, the corporate media is reporting the government claim as fact.
“According to NBC News, U.S. officials say they have not found reference to specific plots. Instead, they say they’ve found what they call ‘aspirational’ items — events al-Qaida operatives were interested in trying to make happen,” NBC continues. “There was nothing specific to New York.”
Such claims are now common and invariably lead to the state dispatching cops with automatic weapons and bomb-sniffing dogs to airports and train stations. It is now normal for the TSA to conduct warrantless searches at bus stations in lieu of specific threats.
“We have no information of any imminent terrorist threat to the U.S. rail sector, but wanted to make our partners aware of the alleged plotting,” Department of Homeland Security spokesman Matt Chandler said in a statement.”We want to stress that this alleged al-Qaida plotting is based on initial reporting, which is often misleading or inaccurate and subject to change.”
Material supposedly gleaned from Osama’s house in Pakistan reveals “an operation against trains at an unspecified location in the United States on the 10th anniversary” of the 9/11 attacks. The advisory claims al-Qaeda planned “to tip a train by tampering with the rails so that the train would fall off the track at either a valley or on a bridge.”
According to the government, additional material mentions a desire to target major mass-transit hubs, an interest long familiar to law enforcement because trains were targeted in Spain, the U.K. and India. NBC reports that al-Qaeda was responsible for attacks in Madrid, London, and Mumbai, although evidence of al-Qaeda involvement is far less than conclusive.
Rep. Steve King of New York, who has made a cottage industry out of holding hearings warning of the domestic threat of radical Muslims and al-Qaeda, said “there was information found in the last several days — I don’t know where it’s come from — but that al-Qaeda was considering having an attack on mass transit or trains before the 10th anniversary of September 11th.”