It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
CBS 2′s photojournalist Lana Hinshaw-Klann happened to be at the scene and used a cell-phone camera to record agents in action. Reporter Dave Savini looks into what agents were looking for and what they found.
Sources say the agents were members of the elite TSA VIPR team on the 5:04pm Union Pacific West line. They were carrying hand-held nuclear-detection devices that picked up a reading.
Once the agent said the word “isotope,” Jones says he realized he was the one they were looking for. He raised his hand to say he had a nuclear stress test.
The tests can leave patients emitting radiation for some time. After showing identification and proof of the nuclear test, Jones and the other passengers were allowed to go on their way.
Originally posted by Daughter2
Interesting article for me because I have taken this exact same train many times. I have never seen anything like this before or any detectors.
I don't know how they really expect to scan everyone. There are no controlled entrances and tickets are checked on the train. It's always packed with about a THOUSAND people. There has to be about 20 ways into the station and people usually board in packed groups.
I'd look around the platform itself (since they knew which train). The ceiling structures and pipes or wiring in particular. See any panels or tubes like what I pictured? I'll bet there is one somewhere...... I'd also look at the entry/exit thresholds where the train passes to enter and leave the stations. See any rectangular panels pointed generally toward the sides of the train?
Originally posted by intrptr
reply to post by Wrabbit2000
So, where are the detectors that picked up on the trace radioactivity and alerted the "Team"? Do all cities have these "Teams" waiting around for nothing? Or wait... what is the perceived threat that requires all this hair trigger rapid response?
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
I am curious on something though. You mention a box of Plutonium base material as a Dirty Bomb type weapon to disperse from above. Now I agree this is one of DHS's greatest nightmares and there are whole scenarios you can find to read about how they see that happening someday too. What confuses me tho....how do you see Plutonium in an unshielded state (Like in a box someone is hand carrying) not setting off the basic detector arrays? I've never heard Plutonium to be an Alpha emitter as it's primary issue. Polonium, yes...but that's literally impossible for anyone but a nation state to produce and have for technical reasons.