9-11 on the rails?

It could happen; al Qaeda loves to attack mass-transit systems. Remember the Madrid train bombings and the London Tube attacks? It is as certain as he sun rising in the East that al Qaeda or some like-minded band of psychopaths will try to attack America’s rail system in order to inflict massive casualties.

Which makes news of the Obama Administration’s gutting of Amtrak’s Office of Security Strategy and Special Operations to please an allied union so comforting to learn:

Biden, in turn, is tight with the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the powerful union that represents the Amtrak Police Department. According to OSSSO sources, the APD brass have been aggrieved over the non-unionized counterterrorism unit’s existence from its inception. A West Coast OSSSO team member told me that union leaders blocked police credentialing efforts by his office for more than a year. An East Coast OSSSO team member told me that the FOP recently filed a grievance against one of its counterterrorism officers for assisting a train conductor who asked for help in ejecting a ticketless passenger.

Unlike the highly-specialized officers at OSSSO, APD officers possess minimal counterterrorism training. Past studies show alarmingly low pass rates among APD patrolmen who have attended undergone basic special operations classes, according to government sources. The Amtrak FOP continues to squabble over turf with the rival Teamsters Union; its leaders can’t even agree on minimal physical fitness standards for its members that have yet to be implemented. Nevertheless, OSSSO is now under the command and control of the APD — and federal stimulus funding specifically earmarked for the counterterrorism unit has now been absorbed by the police department.

Be sure to read the whole thing. Makes you want to hop on board, doesn’t it?  Doh Nailbiting

2 Responses to 9-11 on the rails?

  1. rwisher says:

    This I know about. In-fighting between agencies is legend in law enforcement. We had it at the local level because of politics. Our bosses didn’t want their agencies not to get credit because that translated into cash at budget time.

    At the line level, we tired quickly of the politics and made many backdoor contacts between the agencies. One thing I don’t get is the union issue. The FOP should be involved in that way, and if they are, there is more to this than meets the eye.

    Too bad, bad guys love a vacuum.

    • Phineas Fahrquar says:

      “Too bad, bad guys love a vacuum.”

      And it’s too much to hope they won’t notice, either.

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