Feds issue rail alert following bin Laden raid
May 5th, 2011
06:06 PM ET

Feds issue rail alert following bin Laden raid

This U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued an unclassified notice stressing security on U.S. railways - an alert prompted, according to a U.S. law enforcement source, by information gleaned from this week's raid on Osama bin Laden's Pakistani compound.

The notice says that, in February 2010, al Qaeda members discussed a plan to derail trains in the United States by placing obstructions on tracks, according to a source who received the notice.

The plan was to be executed this fall, on the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks. But no specific city or rail system was identified in the notice, the source said.

"I would not view it as an operational plan," the source said. "I am not aware that anyone was tasked to carry it out."

Bin Laden was killed early Monday morning at the Pakistani housing compound where he was staying by a team of U.S. Navy SEALs, U.S. officials have said.

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  1. Vengeance is MINE...

    ...sayeth the Lord". (for more, look up the deifinitions of the words 'revenge' and 'justice') Then you too will know what was just done. Was it "justice served" or "revenge carried out". YOU decide what the dictionary says.

    May 6, 2011 at 8:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. michaelfury

    "al Qaeda members discussed a plan to derail trains in the United States by placing obstructions on tracks"

    Kids' stuff compared to 7/7, isn't it?

    http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2008/08/27/memory-holes-in-the-floor/

    May 6, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Linari

    It's apparent that you do not like our President, nur. I have to wonder, however, why you have to bash him for attending functions that have been arranged months in advance. You are the same type who would be asking "where's Obama" no matter what event was going on in the world. In your eyes, he's damned if he does, and damned if he doesn't. Did you support Mr. Bush's 800 plus VACATION days while he was in office? This number doesn't include state trips and functions. Well? If anyone ran away fast and hard, it was nur hsub nur.

    May 6, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Nick

    Joe Biden's spirit must be crushed.

    May 6, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Linari

    And John Boehner is crying.

    May 6, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. nur amabo nur

    Yes Bush was just as bad... Meet the new boss, same as the old boss...the real bosses however are the multi- billion dollar international corporations and banks. Think about it, our government is beyond broke financially. Yet our politicians are filthy rich, and the "to big to fail banks" you know the ones we just bailed out while being in negative numbers.

    May 6, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. nur amabo nur

    Then you have big oil, the gov said they would investigate price gouging. This will never happen ! They had a little talk and I guarantee gas prices will start to fall for a short time soon. Oil companies have lobbyists and donate big money to campaigns. Do you or I have lobbyists working at the white house in our best interests ? Do you or I give millions towards campaigns ? No. If cnn owned hostess and hostess products were killing people do you think that would be headlines on cnn news ? Never. The gov will never bite the hand that feeds it.
    As far as obama goes he's probably a nice guy and a good father and husband but he is still a puppet who has little control over anything.

    May 6, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. WOT

    From now on I will walk! I love the train ... Sell more cars ... High gas.. Satire !!

    May 7, 2011 at 2:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Lucky

    OBL IS NOT A REAL PERSON JUST LIKE OBAMA HE IS A SCAPEGOAT NOW THEY WILL USE THIS FAKE DEATH AND TELL US HIS FRIENDS WANT SOME PAYBACK IN OTHER WORDS WAR ON AMERICAN SOIL IS COMING THANKS TO AMERICA AND OUR PRESIDENTS FOR WANTING US DEAD ITS ALL APART OF THE PLAN

    May 7, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Lucky

    Yep

    May 7, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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