Emerging Threats to Rail Security, Hearing Before the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, June 14, 2011   [open pdf - 400KB]

From the opening statement of Frank R. Lautenberg: "Six weeks after the American military's courageous and daring raid on Osama bin Laden's compound, one thing is clear: the ruthless killer is dead and gone, but al Qaeda, as we know, remains determined to strike the U.S. again. According to reports, documents recovered from bin Laden's compound show that he wanted to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11 by attacking trains, surface transportation, in our country. This discovery sends tremors down our spines, but it shouldn't surprise us. The choices they make for targets are those that have lots of people in the area and where they can inflict damage that will be felt throughout the area, throughout the country, even though it's in a relatively small bit of geography. Terrorists have been focused on trains for years, and we've seen attacks overseas, including bombings in London, Mumbai, Madrid, and Moscow. Terrorists have attacked trains and buses 1,700 times--hard to imagine--worldwide since 9/11, and the attacks unfortunately took 3,700 lives. And trains have been targeted here in our country. Since 9/11, we've foiled several planned attacks on our public transportation network, including one last fall when the FBI arrested a man who was plotting to blow up four stations in Washington, D.C.'s own Metro system. We've got to recognize that our surface transportation network is enormous, heavily traveled, and is therefore an attractive target." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Frank R. Lautenberg, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Tom Udall, Roger F. Wicker, John Boozman, Amy Klobuchar, John S. Pistole, Stephen M. Lord, John O'Connor, and Brian Michael Jenkins.

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S. Hrg. 112-145; Senate Hearing 112-145
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