• The Big Threat

  • Discussion related to DC area passenger rail services from Northern Virginia to Baltimore, MD. Includes Light Rail and Baltimore Subway.
Discussion related to DC area passenger rail services from Northern Virginia to Baltimore, MD. Includes Light Rail and Baltimore Subway.

Moderators: mtuandrew, therock, Robert Paniagua

  by Robert Paniagua
 
Interesting CNN article detailing al Qaeda's one goal - "to have another 9/11". Documentation shows that railway mass transit is high priority: http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/07/30/rob ... topstories

On Thanksgiving weekend last year, shortly after his arrest, much of the New York mass transit system including Penn Station was put on high alert. According to the Belgian prosecutor's document, Vinas had told al Qaeda's command everything he knew about the system.
The accounts suggest al Qaeda has shown remarkable adaptability and remains as committed as ever to launching attacks in the West, with mass transit a top target.
  by Jersey_Mike
 
They already tried this in the UK and it wasn't even close to the scale of 9/11. Also, thanks to the recent Metro crash, the effect of such an attack in DC would be blunted as the public is more acclimated to the risk of fatal accidents and might even confuse an attack for another system failure (This is the same reason super villains should never demonstrate their superweapon on the 59th St bridge in New York City. People will assume it fell down on its own.)
  by justalurker66
 
Jersey_Mike wrote:They already tried this in the UK and it wasn't even close to the scale of 9/11.
How many years did the IRA bomb London? Usually with a warning to lessen the loss of life but still a lot of bombs going off. Not quite ho hum, but just another bombing.

Israel has also been a constant target of bombings, although the suicide/homicide kind with an aim toward great loss of life seems to be the goal there. But the people in the country just take it in stride.

Nobody wants to see terrorists acts other than terrorists, but they don't seem to be as effective as the terrorists would wish. We still need to be vigilant, just not afraid.