Cops On Alert At Tri-State Rail Stations After Al Qaeda Vows Revenge For Bin Laden Killing

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The world’s most wanted man is dead, but concerns over retaliation have commuters and police on guard at Penn Station and rail stations across the country.

Al-Qaeda confirmed its leader is dead. In a statement posted online Friday, the group threatened to avenge Osama bin Laden’s death.

“His blood will be turned into a curse that will haunt Americans and their allies,” the jihadist group said. They also urged Pakistanis to “continue on the path of jihad until we either see victory or die trying.”

Former FBI counter terrorism agent Manny Gomez  chased bin Laden after 9/11.  He said the terror organization would still “continue to plan and track ways of killing us.”

Gomez said while the killing may be a blow to al-Qaeda’s morale, he added “they have an operating system just like any other major corporation.”

Just Thursday, the United States unsuccessfully tried to kill Anwar al Awlaki, the man believed to have inspired the Fort Hood shootings and the would-be underwear bomber, with drone strikes.

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Intelligence seized during Sunday’s raid on bin Laden’s compound revealed a plan in the works to target the nation’s rail system, possibly on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

SEALs took away 2.7 terabytes of information – enough to fill 5,000 hours of audio tape, or 800 hours of video, or 600 million pages of computer text.

Federal officials said there was no evidence the plot ever fully got off the ground but the FBI and Department of Homeland Security issued a bulletin, putting security teams and commuters on alert.

“I think we’re going to hear more and more about attempted attacks on transit, because it’s so difficult to secure, but we are making progress here in New York. The MTA, NYPD, etc. are doing a very good job,” Rep. Peter King said.

The Department of Homeland Security said al-Qaeda never reached the planning stage for a rail attack.  However, they are advising local officials to reexamine their rail tracks.

The new information came as no surprise to Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

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“We have assumed all along the rails are a possible target,” Kelly said. That’s been our assumption for 10 years; this is not new news.”

“You got to keep your eye open and keep your eye on your bag and everyone else’s bag,” said Gary Gittler of Jericho, L.I.

“At the Long Island Rail Road station there was two officers — normally you don’t see that,” Nelda Canada told CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey.

Documents also reference potential attacks on other major cities, Chicago and Los Angeles, and other dates: Independence Day and New Year’s.

“I’m always a little leery of who’s on the train so I’m always keeping my eyes open. It just makes me more aware,” said Stacey Lipscomb of Somerset.

“It’s a big concern that it could happen in the future sometime,” said Sayan Sarkar of Garden City, L.I.

Intelligence sources said bin Laden was strapped for cash in his last days and had turned over greater control of the terror organization to his second-in-command.

Federal agents were hoping the trove of documents seized from the compound will help them locate him and other key al-Qaeda figures before they can launch a terror attack.

Apart from extra security at rail stations, transportation officials were also on the lookout for any spikes or clips that may be missing from rail tracks.

What do you think of the increased security? Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below…

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  1. dixondockgreen says:

    Now you know what its been like here in the UK as a result of the US of A’s funding of the IRA’s murder campaign against british citizens.. Not nice having to check theres nothing “left” in the carriage, rail station, bus etc that might give you a nasty surprise. How do you think we feel about sections of the New York public , fund collecting for arms,explosives for terrorists in Northern Ireland. Some allies you are !!!

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  3. HooDatIS? says:

    GOD BLESS AMERICA
    WE AINT SCARED OF THESE LOSERS
    WE UNITED WE STAND AND DIVIDED WE FALL
    WE GOT TO GET ON ONE ACCORD AND LOOK AFTER ONE ANOTHER
    http://ethicalfutures.wordpress.com/2011/04/08/blastmode-deadbeat-dads-the-wheres-my-check-check-in/

  4. Concerned Citizen says:

    911 was an inside job

    1. Jacob Field says:

      Stop spreading disinformation. If 911 was an inside job, how come bin Laden was in hiding for the last 10 years? Stop spending your entire adult life being an idiot.

      1. unsureofanything says:

        The government also told us about weapons of mass destruction, but that turned out to be false. The government agency NIST also told us that Building 7 fell approximately 40% slower than free fall, and said that was consistent with physical principles because of the resistance supplied by the intact structure. Then a high school physics teacher’s investigation forced the admission that free fall did occur, and NIST withdrew the claim that what happened was consistent with physical principles. NIST also told us they knew of no evidence that pointed to demolition. When asked how this was known, Michael Newman, a NIST spokesman, following all cannons implicit in the scientific method, replied “If you’re looking for something that isn’t there, you’re wasting your time.” And so on…

        So, of course we know bin Laden has been in hiding for 10 years, because the government told us so.

  5. Brian Manwaring says:

    Young people need to make changes.Old people suck!

    1. Last Man Standing says:

      Does your mother support abortion? If so, she missed one.

  6. Lisa says:

    Retaliation is exactly what this was about. They don’t have to worry about us coming THERE and plotting attacks to kill civilians.Their hatred is so black we couldn’t even walk down their streets. In their demented minds, they can slaughter thousands of people in our home country, and we aren’t supposed to be able to do a Damn thing about it. I’m sick to death of these lunatics! They are leaving us no choice but a bloody battle.

  7. Bsar says:

    Yo, nothing to do with the gist of the story… It’s pedantic I know, but your a major news organization, so you kinda should get your facts straight. You show a picture of Grand Central Terminal but call it Grand Central Station. Grand Central Station is the Post Office next-door or the Subway Station. The picture you are showing is Grand Central Terminal.

  8. Densha Otoko says:

    I work on the NYC subways. My train goes across one bridge and thru one river tube. If there are cops around they must be wearing The Cloak of Invisibility.

  9. ProFromDover says:

    F@#! al-Qaeda and the camel they rode in on!

  10. liz says:

    Freedom is worth fighting for. I will do everything in my power to stand up for America in every way. I will not be bullied or run scared because of any anti American group. I love this country and ALL that it stands for! GOD BLESS THE USA. All of the evil doers will ROT IN HELL!!! And throwing Osama into the bottom of the ocean was way too good a send off. Those who wish us harm and who do harm will pay a BIG price for their evil deeds. If anyone is going to run scared, it should be them!!! WE ARE WATCHING YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Lisa says:

      I’m with you!

  11. kendra says:

    i don,t know what it is but i could see this coming very very soon without trying to scare any 1 off the trains or anything cause we just killed some1 and we make it sound so grand taking a life for a life .maybe i,ll just take the bus or fly through space.

  12. Captain Obvious says:

    Our government loves to play the “fear card”. They’ve been trying to keep us on the edge of our seats for the past 10 years saying that another attack is imminent.

    The cold war was a great example of this – they were able to play this card for decades. When the cold war ended, they needed a new enemy. Terrorists … perfect!

    It is a political ploy – when people are in fear, they will agree to almost anything in exchange for feeling safer.

    Bottom line – government wants complete control of the people – they want everything that Elmer (sarcastically, I think) laid out in his rant.

    The problem here is that the people never learn and we keep allowing them to play this card and continually erode our freedom. THIS NEEDS TO STOP!!!

    1. GOD SAVE THE REPUBLIC says:

      WELL SAID CAPT.

      Vote for Ron Paul 2012

    2. MK says:

      IDIOT!!!!

      1. LOOK IN THE MIRROR WHEN YOU SAY THAT says:

        Who does best against Obama? Paul. The congressman from Texas, who also ran as a libertarian candidate for president in 1988 and who is well liked by many in the tea party movement, trails the president by only seven points (52 to 45 percent) in a hypothetical general election showdown. Huckabee trails by eight points, with Romney down 11 points to Obama.

  13. HARLEM GOING HAM says:

    I HAVE TOTAL FAITH AND TRUST IN OUR BOYS AND GILRS IN THE ARM SVCS. I’M NOT HAPPY ABOUT THIS SITUATION, BUT I RATHER BE SUBJECTED TO A CHECK POINT, THAN NOT HAVING ANY CHECK POINTS. LASTLY, THE HELL WITH BIN LADEN. TO ALL OF OUR HATERS, HOW YOU LIKE OUR AMERICAN SWAGGER NOW? IN THE WORDS OF THE GODFATHER,” BIN LADEN SLEEPS WITH THE FISH”

  14. infowars.com says:

    We have Former Deputy Secretary of State on the Alex Jones Show today, Steve Pieczenik… OSAMA DIED 10 Years ago!

    They are setting up a Police State with FEMA Camps. Save the Republic.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/TheAlexJonesChannel

    1. muggsy bogues says:

      alex jones is the man! he is trying to wake people up and save this country! he is one of the few people who have the cajones to get out there & speak the truth!!!

    2. Concerned Citizen says:

      WELL SAID

      Vote for Ron Paul 2012

  15. Elmer Fudd Gantry says:

    We MUST give up all our liberties in order to be safe. I want to see a military presence on every street corner. If you want to travel from state to state, you should have to show your papers and be searched. Police should be able to search any person or vehicle they wish – no probable cause needed. We need to start spying on each other and reporting everything to the authorities (maybe even get a reward for snitching). We need to eliminate the 2nd amendment and get ALL guns away from ALL citizens in the US. Police and military should be able to detain any citizen they wish for any period of time without any due process. Random house-to-house searches by police and military are needed to make sure no person is in violation of any law. Or even CCTV cameras in EVERY American household so the govt can just check in on us whenever they need to. Mandatory drug testing for EVERY American citizen will also help us win the War on Drugs, which in turn will help keep America safe.

    These are dangerous times we live in. Freedom is a luxury we can no longer afford.

    1. teresa says:

      Yes, let’s give up all our rights. And when do you suppose the government will give them back? It’s time for each American to stand up and hold our ground, not run in fear. Certain measures will have to be taken, for sure. I don’t know about the rest of this country, but I for one do not think Communism is the answer, though.

      1. HARLEM GOING HAM says:

        NO COMMUNISM FOR ME. I LOVE AMERICA. YOU MUST BE SIPPING THAT LACED RUSSIA TEA COMRADE

    2. muggsy bogues says:

      i believe elmer’s comment is 100% sarcasm … that’s how i read it … it’s too over the top …

  16. Valerie says:

    We should just nuke them all and wipe them off the face of the Earth.

    1. SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT says:

      I AGREE WUITH THAT, BUT I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH KILLING INNOCENT PEOPLE

  17. BILLY GARLAND says:

    HEY MAN, RATHER BE SAFE THAN SORRY, I THINK WE LOST ENOUGH LIVES, WE DON,T NEED TO LOSE ANY MORE, THESE PEOPLE ARE NUTS FOR POWER, WE NEED TO BE EXTRA VIGILANT IN OUR EVERY DAY LIVES, IF YOU SEE ANY THING THAT DOESN,T LOOK RIGHT, IT PROBABLY ISN,T,REPORT IT TO THE NEAREST LOCAL AUTHORITY,EVEN IF IT TURNS OUT TO BE NOTHING,RATHER BE SAFE THAN SORRY…

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