It’s not like we haven’t heard these warnings before but events in Mumbai, our economic situation, and this period of significant political transition may prove too tempting for Al Qaeda to pass up:
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.”
This warning is a bit unusual in that some information about the source has been released or leaked:
Police sources said the information came from a Pakistani citizen arrested overseas within the past week. Those sources said the target would have been trains arriving at Penn Station.
It’s going to be a long night, a long couple of days really, for our homeland security – public safety folks.