posted on Sep, 27 2006 @ 08:08 PM
From a previous posting:
"If the US is attacked again, on a par with the scale of 9/11, I'd expect a train-borne chemical attack on one or more major cities.
Given the hazardous, even deadly, materials transported through the heart of some of our largest cities by train, given the predictability of those
shipments and their accessabilty to tampering, I'm amazed nothing has happened yet.
As with the hijackers of 9/11, learning to run a train is made simple by the commercial availibilty of detailed computer simulation games. And there
are no Air Marshalls aboard freight trains!
Model train enthusiasts across the country have faithfully recreated routes and terrain, to scale, of virtually every mile of track laid across the
Nation; perfect for determining assault points. Take your digital camera to the next model train show and plot your strategies. Remember, it's all to
Butane, Propane, Chlorine, Flourene, Anhydrous Ammonia, liquid oxygen, Nitric, Sulfuric and Hydrochloric Acids all there on the hoof, clearly labeled
on the very cars themselves, if you can read the codes (just study up on haz-mat procedures).
Heck, you don't even need to be suicidal, Allah be Praised! Just slap an explosive package on the appropriate tank car and let a cheap GPS device
trigger the detonation. Who's going to check every square inch of a two mile long freight train?"
Update: I've spoken with an ardent train enthusiast to confirm the basic points in my "Next Attack" scenario above. As it turns out, such an attack
would be even easier to accomplish than I had first supposed. One concern I had was, in light of the risk posed by these rolling bombs, that some
sort of "on-board" video surveillence system may have been incorporated.
My fears were unfounded. It appears that the only monitoring system a rolling train utilizes is an "End-of-Train-Device"; it's only function is to
alert the train's engineer to problems with the train's wheels, brakes and couplers.
Imagine the economic "mass destruction" shutting down the nation's freight railways, it's primary means transporting its consumer goods, food,
produce and raw manufacturing materials, would cause!
P.S. : For what it is worth, as I set out to write this particular post, I experienced an extremely strong sense of "Deja Vu". I have these
"flashes" often enough to have come to accept them as a kind of "life-path checkpoint": a sort of message from Fate that I'm on a