U.S. authorities plan a law enforcement surge this week along Amtrak routes, an exercise called ‘RailSafe,’ and the heads of the country’s biggest mass transit systems were briefed today on the possible terror threat. On Friday, uniformed officers will be visible on national transit routes. (Gee, I wonder if they will be armed?)
(All the photos below are from Europe. Has anybody in the U.S. seen this kind of stepped up security here yet?)
ABC NEWS Amtrak is holding a high-security exercise Friday in which uniformed officers will be a visible presence on national transit routes. RailSafe will include all the local police agencies along the Amtrak routes involved in the exercise.
“If al Qaeda is planning simultaneous attacks in Europe,” said Richard Clarke, former White House national security official and now an ABC News consultant, “there’s nothing to say they could not also include the US on that list of simultaneous attacks.”
The target hit Monday was one of the terror training camps in the Waziristan region where U.S. officials say a contingent of German citizens of Afghan and Turkish descent have been preparing for jihad against Europe.
U.S. authorities say they have tracked one of the suspected German terror cells to the German city of Hamburg.
To the amazement of US officials, it turns out the leader, the imam, of the mosque is the same man accused by the U.S. nine years ago of helping finance the 9/11 plot, Mamoun Darkazanli.
“The mosque went back to being a very radical place where people are recruited for attacks where attacks are discussed,” said former White House national security official Richard Clarke, now an ABC News consultant, “and German intelligence apparently stopped looking closely at the mosque where a lot of 9/11 was planned.”
In France, the Paris prosecutor’s office, which is in charge of terrorism cases, has confirmed that 12 people were arrested in two separate and unrelated operations.
Two men were arrested in Marseilles and a third in Bordeaux. The three are suspected of links to Al Qaeda, and of connections to a Frenchman of Algerian origin recently arrested in Italy with explosive material. The men are suspected of offering assistance to jihadists entering France after training in the Pakistani-Afghan area.
In a separate operation, eight men and a women arrested in Marseilles are reportedly suspected of involvement in arms and explosives trafficking. Some of those arrested had already served time for “association of criminals in relation with a terrorist organization.”