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karlrschneider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:00 AM
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U.S. raises terralert level on rail & subways, just on M$NBC
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amazona Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:01 AM
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1. I think they have to do this
Otherwise the copycats come out to play.
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PATRICK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:04 AM
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3. They might have to
or someone will ask why they are so certain we are NOT in danger while Britain just got sandbagged, with a timely belated warning from Israel.

It is hard to explain but every time I hear a terror warning I think it is entirely phony for some political end though anybody should guess it is time to take precautions.
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Walt Starr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:04 AM
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2. BE AFRAID!!! BE AFRAID!!!
It's crap. It means not a thing because there is no infrastructure in place to make a raise in the terror alert level on mass transit worth anything more than the words spoken!
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Coexist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:05 AM
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4. but I thought we were fighting them over there, so we didn't have to...
oh, never mind. Sigh.
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:06 AM
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5. Just another load of crap!
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Walt Starr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:08 AM
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7. If those damned terrorists won't terrorize Murkans,
why, damnit, the Gubmint will do it for them!
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:12 AM
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8. exactly... squeeze every last drop of benefit to the BEE....
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HockeyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:20 AM
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13. I really don't see how they could secure
the entire NYC subway system through 4 boroughs; miles and miles of tracks and tunnels, hundreds of entrances/exits, above ground graitings on city streets,etc.

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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:34 AM
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15. Or BART
through 3 or 4 counties, dozens of stations, 100+ miles of track, and thousands of commuters using the system at any given moment.

Like, what are they going to do, put cops in the stations? Someone could get on with a HUGE suitcase and it would be unremarkable, because BART goes to the airport.

Not to mention all the smaller bus services, CalTrain, MUNI, Amtrak, the ferries, all the other smaller light rail systems, the bridges....

Our infrastructure is totally wide open.
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TruthIsAll Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:29 AM
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14. Now you're talking, Walt!
For a while there, I thought we lost you. Whether you realize it or not, there has been a major change in your views.

Is it a coincidence that every time Bush needs a boost, the terror meter goes up?

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Tommymac Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:07 AM
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6. Close the barn door...
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kentuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:14 AM
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9. And my wife is on AMtrak right now....
I have no way to communicate with her...I suppose they might delay her trip also?
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TwilightZone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:15 AM
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10. Well, frankly, we should be concerned.
For once, there is actually a legitimate reason for a terror alert. There's a first time for everything.

I suspect, however, that terror alerts have reached a level on par with some alerts voiced in a story about a wolf.
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Tommymac Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:18 AM
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11. Yes, reasonable concern...
Edited on Thu Jul-07-05 10:39 AM by Tommymac
but why did it take so long to declare one?

I've seen reports that the British police had up to an hours warning that something was in the wind...that was hours ago here. Why are precautions only being made now?

The delay leads to reasonable doubts about our leaderships competancy...

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TwilightZone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:20 AM
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12. I'd say most of us already had doubts about their competency.
They've never been proactive, and it always seem to take them an inordinate amount of time to react to anything - terrorist activity, natural disaster, school shooting, etc.
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Tommymac Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:53 AM
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17. Remember "My Pet Goat" ?
Nero fiddled while Rome burned....
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:36 AM
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16. The delay leads to reasonable doubts about our leaderships competancy...
:spray:
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