Friday, December 22, 2006

Department of Homeland In-Security

NY Times: Rail Tunnels Vulnerable - NEWS - US NATIONAL -

"NY Times: Rail Tunnels Vulnerable
By Associated Press
3 hours ago

NEW YORK - A carry-on bomb could flood portions of commuter train tunnels between New York and New Jersey in a matter of hours, The New York Times reported."

"Concerns have long been raised about potential terrorist attacks on tunnels connecting to New York City. In July, authorities said they had thwarted a suicide-bomb plot involving the PATH tunnels."

I used to live in Hoboken, New Jersey. Every morning and every afternoon I used the PATH system. Now that I live in Philly, I use either the Lincoln Tunnel, (pictured above) or the Holland Tunnel and often the Queens Mid-town Tunnel.

Mornings aren't bad. It's so early when I go through there isn't much traffic and I breeze through in few minutes.

Afternoons are brutal. It can take up to 30 minutes to get through. God forbid there is a fender bender or someone breaks down. After two years of this afternoon commute I now prefer to go "overland" through Brooklyn and Staten Island. It's longer, but far safer.

Right after 9/11, all of the tunnels were guarded by National Guardsmen and Army troops with locked and loaded M-16's. Every truck was inspected completely. It added time to the commute, but hey, who's complaining? Look at that picture and imagine it filled with busses and cars when a bomb goes off.

Now, there is no-one guarding the tunnels anymore. Except for the Mid-town, which has a few Uniformed Transit Officers randomly checking trucks.

People who live and/or work in New York City know that it is only a matter of time. We know they are coming again. We know more of us will die. We just wish our Government was as serious about protecting us as the enemy is about killing us. And the only thing we hear from Pres-idiot Bush is "keep shopping!"


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