15.3.04

THE DIFFICULTIES OF PROTECTING THE TRAINS. Intel Dump (via One Hand Clapping) evaluates the benefits and costs of providing more security for the trains.
On the other hand, we probably ought to scrutinize the parts of our rail system that look most attractive to terrorists: densely populated stations (e.g. Penn Station in NYC, Union Station in DC), rail movements of hazardous materials, and critical rail junctures that would have a major disruptive effect if targeted.
Problem: it's possible to disrupt the service without going after the critical junctions. Amtrak vows never again: the as yet unsolved sabotage of the Sunset Limited in 1995 recalls the still unsolved sabotage of the City of San Francisco in 1939.

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