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. dan smith

    Not to mention several other terrorist attacks that were thwarted do to information we gained by water boarding. Like it or not radicals like bin Laden and Zawahiri are not people who can be reasoned with, the only thing they do understand is pain.

    May 5, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lucy Marie

    Who care's if its inappropiate if Osama's picture's are shown of his death this past week-he sure didn't care of what live's he ruined or what damaged he created in his sick twisted mind.

    May 5, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dan smith

    If torture stopped one of your relatives from being murdered and you had the choice before hand of telling the government not to torture a terrorist you wouldn't stop the torture from happening.

    May 5, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joey

    One life: life
    Two of them: lives

    May 5, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joey

    Even though I think a troll posted it, I liked the hydrogen bomb alert for Mecca.
    The day after 9/11, I was advocating massive retaliation.
    I asked friends, "what would Israel do?"
    Bully for Obama!

    May 5, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. sandyk

    @run obama run do you mean he should run for president or head for the hills : )

    May 5, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sandyk

    @nur amabo nur do you mean he should run for president or head for the hills

    May 5, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sandyk

    oops sorry for the duplicate posting everyone!

    May 5, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. nur amabo nur

    Reverse- meaning don't run. Reference not to the election at all actually. I noticed when obama started bombing Libya he left the country, as in running away. When he came back a few days later NATO had taken over the operation and the heat was off him. I get very scared in the days leading up to obama leaving the country.

    May 5, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rubberband drive

    well thats just scary! everyone knows Al Qaedas Air force is the best... .

    May 6, 2011 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  11. Joey

    If Americans are afraid to fight a war because some of us will be killed, either on battlefields or in our cities, any other country will be able to conquer us.
    Death is part of war.
    War is part of national security.

    May 6, 2011 at 4:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. drive thru Justice

    If you skip the parts about evidence presented to a judge who issues an indictment, and the part about a trial and a conviction...and skip right to the execution, well that's NOT "Justice" being served. That's something else entirely.

    May 6, 2011 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  13. feds did seek arrest warrant for OBL...

    ...but they could not find even one US Federal Judge who believed that it was even possible that the flight's black boxes/flight recorders were all destroyed in the fire, and some plastic coated paper passports that belonged to the "terrorists" were found intact. Who would?

    May 6, 2011 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. sandyk

    @nur amabo nur thank you for the response.

    May 6, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  15. Terror Alert!!!

    10's of thousands of illegal immigrants enter our country each month. Terror Alert! It's possible that thousands of "terrorists" have disguised themselves as illegal immigrants and are headed this way to seek revenge for our seeking revenge. It could happen. But it hasn't. Odd.

    May 6, 2011 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
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