Over a dozen terrorists strike in Mumbai, India. Well planned urban terrorism. Four suspects killed and 9 arrested so far. Some still holed up inside the hotel. Setting fires, taking hostages. Westerners targeted.
Scary, huh? Does the world just seem like it has gone crazy? I think so. It seems like it is only getting worse all over the world. Countries around the globe besieged by fanatics, that are bent on terror and destruction.
Now I’m going to stick my neck out here…..I know that there are a lot of people out there that don’t like President Bush….but I don’t care. I think history will show us that President Bush was a good president–he has kept this country safe during his watch. We haven’t had any more terrorists attacks on our own soil since 9/11 and for that I am grateful. Honestly, I am scared for what our future holds as far as terrorism goes. Obama already knows that he will be “tested”. He knows that the eyes of the world are on him right now. I think there is a segment of people in this world that want to know just what he will do if they attack. Will he stand strong? Or will he cave? Will our country remain the “the land of the free and the home of the brave”? Or will we sadly become the land of the controlled and the home of the scared?
Look at this news story that I just now read…… Scary, indeed.
Nov 26, 2008 8:27 pm US/Eastern
Sources: Al Qaeda Targets Amtrak N’east Corridor
Heightened Security Presence In Place At Penn Station; Attack Could Cripple Transit Between Boston, Washington
Cops, Feds Armed With M16s On Patrol For Forseeable Future
NEW YORK (CBS) ― The world’s economic fears were violently pushed aside on Wednesday by another global threat — terrorism.
A massive coordinated attack was launched in Mumbai, India just hours after the FBI warned that Al Qaeda may be targeting New York’s subways and railroads.
If Al Qaeda terrorists have their way there will be chaos and mayhem here this holiday season, a mass transit bomb plot that would probably affect all the subway and train lines at Penn and Grand Central stations.
“The threat is serious, the threat is significant, and it is plausible,” said Congressman Peter King, R-Long Island, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee.
Uniformed officers, including this NYPD Counter Terrorism Squad members and Amtrak cops with M-16s, flooded Penn Station Wednesday after the FBI said it had received a “plausible but unsubstantiated” report that Al Qaeda operatives discussed a plan two months ago to bomb New York City’s mass transit system.
The report said: “These discussions reportedly involved the use of suicide bombers or explosives placed on subway/passenger rail systems.”
Sources told CBS 2 HD the plot involved the Long Island Rail Road. If the explosion went off in Penn Station, the source said, it would affect transportation of Amtrak’s northeast corridor between Boston and Washington, LIRR service and New York City subway service.
“This is definitely linked to Al Qaeda and they had very significant details about exactly how they would carry out the attack, where they would carry it out — that’s what makes it sound so plausible,” Rep. King said.
The NYPD and Metropolitan Transportation Authority said they were on high alert and adding extra manpower. Even before the threat became public Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said he was adding more cops.
“We always have to be concerned when we have large gatherings like on Thanksgiving,” Kelly said. “We always have to have sufficient deployment of police officers.”
New Yorkers had this reaction to the new threats.
“I’ve got to get on a train, but that’s horrible,” commuter Carolyn Tobin said. “I mean … the memory … but just like after 9/11, we just kept going on.”
Added Ryan Barreiro: “I’m not too worried about it. That’s exactly what they want. If they’re gonna get you, they’re gonna get you.”
“I’m not afraid,” Rick Hendrickson said. “I’ve lived here my whole life, in Manhattan, so has my wife and we just take life as it comes along.”
Riders can expect a heightened law enforcement presence — cops, federal agents, canine teams and inspectors.