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Al Qaeda Draws A New Bullseye: Subway Trains

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While Donald Trump plays 11th dimensional chess with Kim Jong Un, Al Qaeda has been busy planning for America.

 Al Qeada is about to take on a new target — America’s trains — in an upcoming edition of its terror magazine, Inspire.

Issue No. 17 is headlined, “Train Derail Operations,” and will spell out ways to create rail disasters in a transportation system that lacks the stiff security procedures of airline travel.

It’s competing Sunni extremists group, the Islamic State, for more than a year has advocated using vehicles to mow down innocents. Its murderous followers have weaponized vehicles in Nice, Berlin and London, creating hundred of deaths and injuries.

 

Adding trains to the terrorist’s priority list would put at risk virtually every mode of transportation and placed added pressure on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) put out a report on Friday saying al Qaeda has teased the Inspirearticles with a trailer appearing on Telegram app channels operated by its fans.

“The trailer highlights that derailments are simple to design using easily available materials, that such a planned attack can be hard to detect, and that the outcome can substantially damage a country’s transportation sector and the Western economy in general,” MEMRI said.

 

 The U.S. maintains over 100,000 miles of rail. But the trailer features scenes of just one system, the subway. Its shows cars flashing through urban tunnels. It quotes from U.S. Government Accountability Office reports on the vulnerability of rail lines to sabotage. It then shows what appear to be rudimentary devices that can be clamped onto a line to cause a derailment.

“Simple to design,” the promo says in English script, mentioning “America” several times. “Made from readily available materials. Hard to be detached. Cause great destruction to the Western economy and transportation sector.”

Al Qaeda in recent months has depicted itself as making a comeback from its headquarters in  Yemen. It has created new alliances in North Africa, is using social media to attract adherence and has not given up the idea of another mass-casualty attack such as its commandeered airliner strike on New York and the Pentagon in 2001.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/aug/11/al-qaeda-targets-us-trains/

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Not the most reliable source! I'll wait until FOXNEWS picks it up!

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As expected, right wing America is thanking Liberals for ramming mass transit down their throats.

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1 minute ago, Scratchanot said:

7/7 2005

Homeland Security has come a long way baby!

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 If the USA would elect a Muslim president we wouldn't have these problems 

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1 hour ago, Gouvernail said:

 If the USA would elect a Muslim president we wouldn't have these problems 

Hell, we can't even elect a woman!

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in nyc, the mta and amtrak have already unleashed these measures

who needs aq

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8 minutes ago, hermetic said:

in nyc, the mta and amtrak have already unleashed these measures

who needs aq

Yeah. I though Metro North already gave preferential hiring the AQ drivers. 

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Let's hope the Radical Republican Terrorists don't start copy cat subway attacks  like they did with vehicle into crowd terrorism. 

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meh..seriously..if one wanted to, anyone could come up with any number of ways to kill or instill fear in large numbers.

The fact that people generally don't, proves that they who have such a deire are either stupid, totally unimaginative or have no burning desire to actually do so.

Europe's been dealing with this shit on trains for years, granted..using cars and trucks is new and problematic..but there is a finite number of murderous psychopaths in this world.

don't panic

:hairfire:

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Currently I am quite safe. I am a straight white male businessman. Radical Republican Terrorists don't seem to be threatened by me. 

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Regurgitating 20 year old ideas. This isn't new.

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One of the big differences between the "Bin Laden" al Queda and the current incarnation is that he actually understood the weakness of American Society.  The current incarnation isn't nearly so insightful which is good for us.

Honestly?  

If they had any understanding they'd go after things like:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-12/mysterious-antennas-outside-cme-reveal-traders-furious-land-war

It's not 'scary' but it's a hell of a lot more effective in terms of 'damage' if you really want to escalate the cost of occupation.  That's what Bin Laden knew.  Want the US out of the middle east?  Just keep making it more and more expensive.  Unfortunately for him, he under estimated the power of the fed to print money and grossly overestimated the passion of the American populous to actually give a shit about debt.  That was so "early 90's".

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12 minutes ago, cmilliken said:

One of the big differences between the "Bin Laden" al Queda and the current incarnation is that he actually understood the weakness of American Society.  The current incarnation isn't nearly so insightful which is good for us.

Honestly?  

If they had any understanding they'd go after things like:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-12/mysterious-antennas-outside-cme-reveal-traders-furious-land-war

It's not 'scary' but it's a hell of a lot more effective in terms of 'damage' if you really want to escalate the cost of occupation.  That's what Bin Laden knew.  Want the US out of the middle east?  Just keep making it more and more expensive.  Unfortunately for him, he under estimated the power of the fed to print money and grossly overestimated the passion of the American populous populace to actually give a shit about debt.  That was so "early 90's".

Hah! I never knew about this:

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Traders have long fought ferociously to gain an edge, even to the point of wearing ultra-high platform shoes to stand out in the era when they shouted and waved their hands to execute an order. The dubious fashion was mercifully ended in 2000 by CME’s predecessor, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, which cited a rash of injuries in banning shoes with soles higher than 2 inches.

 

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3 minutes ago, Uncooperative Tom said:

Hah! I never knew about this:

 

 

That was funny wasn't it :)

 

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1 hour ago, cmilliken said:

 

That was funny wasn't it :)

 

I'm picturing enterprising traders stacking half a dozen Dr Scholl's pads in oversized shoes to boost that 2" just a bit. And gaining some appreciation for how hard a runway model's job can really be.

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21 minutes ago, Uncooperative Tom said:

I'm picturing enterprising traders stacking half a dozen Dr Scholl's pads in oversized shoes to boost that 2" just a bit. And gaining some appreciation for how hard a runway model's job can really be.

Hmmm my ex used to wear his cuban heeled block, toed RM Williams boots on the floor at the old london stock exchange (with a suite)..attracted a few odd looks ..till he opened his mouth..Oh, an Aussie. :) 

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About the OP, if there are rumours of wolves about, the sheep want a shepherd to protect them, even if he eats one every now and then.

Americans are so fucking scared.

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Fucking?? Really?? I love fucking!!

is scared cute?? 

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21 minutes ago, Gouvernail said:

Fucking?? Really?? I love fucking!!

is scared cute?? 

Maybe?  At least famous.  Or infamous?

 

61EQCIELzoL.jpg

 

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45 minutes ago, cmilliken said:

Maybe?  At least famous.  Or infamous?

 

61EQCIELzoL.jpg

 

Seems they were a head of their time

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