Prepper alert: U.S. authorities warning of new terrorism threat to RAIL system after Al Qaeda provides “how-to” instructions on train derailment

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
By Paul Martin

by: JD Heyes
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Railroad and mass transit authorities are being warned by an agency belonging to the Department of Homeland Security to be on the lookout for homegrown terrorist threats involving attempts to derail trains.

In recent days the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) sent out a security notice to all law enforcement around the country, according to ABC News, after the terrorist organization al Qaeda published “how-to” instructions on train derailment.

The group’s English-language magazine provided step-by-step guidance for making a “homemade derailment tool” after claiming that U.S. rail service is among the country’s “easiest targets.”

“It is time we instill fear and make them impose strict security measures to trains as they did with their air transportation,” said the publication (indeed, the TSA and DHS were formed after the 9/11 attacks, with both agencies growing in size and cost each year).

John Cohen, a former counterterrorism coordinator for DHS and a contributor to ABC News said, “Al Qaeda and ISIS are very interested and are urging their followers to conduct attacks against our nation’s rail infrastructure.”

“Securing the rail infrastructure is an incredible challenge,” he added. “There are literally thousands of miles of tracks. There are rail stations that are open to the public. It’s a very difficult job.”

Some law enforcement agencies have already responded to the warning. The chief of police for the Philadelphia region’s mass-transit authority, Thomas Nestel, said he has been aware for quite awhile that the country’s roughly 140,000 miles of rail lines crisscrossing the country are “porous” and as such, he had been considering using drones to monitor tracks within his jurisdiction.

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