Mass Transit put on alert, Grand Central Station NYC guarded
Due to the terror probe involving as many as 12 Denver, Colorado area men, and one New Yorker, the Office of Homeland Security has issued an alert for the entire US mass transit system, particularly in the New York City area. Search and seizure warrants were issued for both Denver, CO residences and Queens, New York, because of the alleged connection to members of al Quaeda.
The defense attorney of the young man central to this case claims it is all a mistake, and that his client was simply attempting to help the FBI by answering their questions and wound up being charged. However, the parallels to a recent United Kingdom transit terror plot were so strong as to make Federal officials take the case extremely seriously:
A 24-year-old Afghan man at the center of an unfolding FBI investigation into a possible U.S. terrorism cell was ordered held without bond in Colorado Monday as authorities raced to learn more about an alleged plot using hydrogen peroxide explosives and who else might have been helping to carry it out.
Meanwhile, authorities in Washington and elsewhere were stepping up safety patrols on mass transit systems in response to an advisory issued in connection with the probe.
Officials with the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Burean of Investigations sent a bulletin to transit agencies Friday repeating past warnings to be on guard for attacks on mass transit systems, and identifying hydrogen peroxide-based explosives as a specific risk. Federal officials called the notice "precautionary", and said it included possible countermeasures such as random checks of stations, trains and buses.
Local officials in Washington said the notice specifically mentioned Grand Central Station in New York City, but said they nevertheless increased the number of random patrols being conducted. Because there was no specific threat for this region, officials said, the patrols stopped short of passenger bag checks.
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