Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Police Mobilize at Northeast Rail Stations

Story in the NY Times about a significant police presence/drill along the NEC on September 23, 2008. Some points from the article:
  • Local police departments in 13 states and security agents from Amtrak and the federal Transportation Security Administration planned to carry out a show of force at 150 railroad stations from Virginia to Vermont on Tuesday morning. The drill will include random searches of passengers and their belongings, as well as other, unspecified security measures, the authorities announced.
  • Amtrak has put police on trains coming in and out of Pennsylvania Station in New York to check passengers' identities and to inspect their luggage.
  • The surge will last through the morning rush hour, especially between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m., but it may be repeated at some time in the future, officials said.
I don't have problems with the police being high profile along the NEC, it just has to be done now, but I hope the impact to commuters is kept to a minimum.


  • What I have read is that this sort of thing is actually more effective at determining terrorists (and other criminals) than a consistent approach like at airports. Because you never know if you'll get caught.

    I also hope it's not too disruptive. I think it's really easy to spend more energy on security than the threat we are trying to neutralize.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 10:17 AM, September 23, 2008  

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