SOOoooooo, if anything DOES happen, they can tell ya..."See, I told ya so" but you were still in NY anyway...stupid.
The New York Police Department deployed extra officers and stepped up security measures in the subways and other mass-transit stations on Wednesday after learning of al Qaeda discussions to coordinate a wave of explosions in the subway system over the holidays, the authorities announced.
These plans were undeveloped and had only reached “the aspirational stage,” Paul J. Browne, the chief spokesman for the police department, said in a statement.
The city has learned of other plots to attack the subways, including one uncovered in 2005 that resulted in one of the more pronounced terror-prevention efforts the city has mounted since 9/11. While that plan was far along enough to prompt the Homeland Security Department to raise the nation’s threat level, the latest plot is apparently so rudimentary that it has not prompted the federal government to make any changes.
Mr. Browne that the city was responding out of “an abundance of caution.”
“It is not uncommon for the department to receive threat information and to adjust our resources accordingly,” he said.
The intelligence that led to the warnings was included in an internal FBI memo obtained by the Associated Press. The memo said that the agency had received a “plausible but unsubstantiated” report that in late September, members of al Qaeda discussed the possibility of enlisting suicide bombers or detonating explosives in transit systems in the New York area.
“We have no specific details to confirm that this plot has developed beyond aspirational planning, but we are issuing this warning out of concern that such an attack could possibly be conducted during the forthcoming holiday season,” the report said, according to the Associated Press.
Jeremy Soffin, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said the agency was aware of the report and was working with the authorities to increase the police presence in the transit system.
The agency, he said, is “always on a heightened state of readiness during this season.”
Terrorists have frequently targeted mass transit systems. In March of 2004, 191 people were killed in Madrid when a Qaeda-inspired terror cell detonated ten bombs on four commuter trains. A year later, four suicide bombers with links to al Qaeda killed 52 people when they detonated bombs on a bus and three underground trains in London.
The plot against the New York subway system that was uncovered in September 2005 was hatched in Iraq, apparently by three men who had undergone terrorist training in explosives. Law enforcement officials said that the plan involved setting off 19 bombs on various trains. Federal and city officials took the threat seriously and responded quickly with extra security.