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Rail Security and Safety comments from our CEO or staff

Rails and Domestic Terrorism

Guest Post - Sunday, August 03, 2014

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NSA Has It Right

Guest Post - Thursday, August 22, 2013

As a intelligence professional, I understand that NSA really doesn’t care what you do with your life as long as it does not deal with terrorism. Such is the case with the recent disclosure that, through monitoring of communications, NSA discovered that Al Qaeda is/was planning a terrorist attack on high speed trains in Europe.

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TSA Says “Active Again in the Near Future”

Guest Post - Tuesday, December 18, 2012

So, we just lost some more eyes and ears that could tell us about potential terrorist or criminal threats on one of our critical infrastructures. The “First Observer” program just lost funding by the TSA.

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Fox in the Hen House

Guest Post - Monday, May 14, 2012

Recently, Norfolk Southern announced that they will be joining the BNSF in a similar program to Citizen's for Rail Security (CRS). The NS program is called "Protect the Line (PTL)."

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As Plain as the Nose on Your Face

Guest Post - Saturday, February 25, 2012

We recently learned that Iranian intelligence agents were videotaping various infrastructures to include subway tunnels. So, now not only do we have to worry about third world terrorists, now we have to worry about professional intelligence officers.

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New TSA Chief on Transit Security

Guest Post - Tuesday, January 31, 2012

"Protecting riders on mass-transit systems from terrorist attacks will be as high a priority as ensuring safe air travel,"" the new TSA Chief told a reporter. Mr. John Pistole, the new TSA Chief and career FBI officer, also said "that some terrorists consider subway and rail cars an easier target than heavily secured planes."" He also noted that some terrorists groups see rail and subways as being more vulnerable because there’s not the type of screening that you find in aviation.

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Cyber Attack on the Rails

Guest Post - Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Recently it was announced that “hackers, possibly from abroad, executed an attack on a Northwest rail company’s computers that disrupted railway signals for two days.” The railroads and TSA are saying that this was not a “dedicated” attack.

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Rail Cyber Attacks?

Guest Post - Friday, January 27, 2012

Recently a report came out stating that the TSA disclosed that "Hackers, possibly from abroad, executed an attack on a Northwest rail company’s computers that disrupted railway signals for two days." The railroads and the AAR are saying that this never happened.

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Senator Gets It

Guest Post - Friday, December 09, 2011

Last month, as a result of an investigation by KOMO news out of Seattle, Senator Maria Cantwell, D-Wa, asked the head of TSA what was going on with locomotives left unlocked and in some cases having the "reverser" sitting on the locomotive counsel on rail sidings. Mr. Pistole, TSA, said his organization and the FRA would look into it.

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We Told You So

Guest Post - Friday, May 06, 2011

Well, seems as if what we at Hot Rail LLC have been saying for a while has come true. It has now been confirmed that the U.S. rails were/are going to be a target for terrorists. Intelligence from the recent raid at bin Laden’s residence revealed a planned attack on the U.S. rail system. Based on information from the news the plan, to derail a train on a bridge, was in the intial stages of planning.

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