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NEW YORK (CBS/AP) ― In what officials describe as a first for a U.S. mass transit system, teams of police officers armed with submachine guns and bomb-sniffing dogs will soon begin daily patrols of the busiest sections of New York City subways.
Originally posted by TruthWithinMy problem will arise when I am being - or see someone being harassed unjustly.
Among the threats cited by the NYPD: A reported plot by al-Qaida terrorists to kill thousands of New Yorkers by spreading cyanide gas in the subway; a thwarted scheme to blow up the Herald Square station in 2004; and the discovery by investigators in the 2004 Madrid train bombing of a crude diagram of Grand Central Terminal on a computer disk seized from one of the suspect's homes.
However, Kelly said, the New York subway system "is the safest it's been in memory."
Originally posted by marg6043
This a fight no against terrorism but against the citizens of this nation.
Originally posted by Howie47
reply to post by CX
Sub machine guns, are used for assaulting enemy positions, protection against such assaults and intimidation of crowds of people.
Would it be advisable to open up on a crowed subway with a machine gun, to kill a suicide bomber? No. a pistol would do.
Originally posted by Maxmars
Can you imagine the next incident where cops kill an unarmed person by 'mistake'? Hundred's of rounds instead of dozens.
8 months ago: Milwaukee Police range master Sgt. James MacGillis fires an M4 rifle at the range Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007, in Milwaukee. MacGillis said his department is ordering bullets now that won't be used until next spring and has repeatedly dipped into its ammunition reserve. Troops training for and fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are firing more than 1 billion bullets a year, contributing to ammunition shortages hitting police departments nationwide and preventing some officers from training with the weapons they carry on patrol.
The Army, the carbine's heaviest user, is outfitting all its front-line combat units with M4s. The Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and special operations forces also carry M4s. So do U.S. law enforcement agencies and militaries in many NATO countries.