Bin Laden Plotted to Tip Trains

by Juli Weiner

trainsteam.jpgPhoto by Mike Crowe.

As we reported earlier this week, Navy SEALs scooped up Osama bin Laden’s hard drive, computer disks, computers, and various electronic sundries during their raid on the al-Qaeda leader’s Pakistani hideout last Sunday. Nothing good ever comes of digging around someone else’s hard drive, and the bin Laden files were no exception.

According to The New York Times:

A rushed examination of the trove of materials from the compound in Pakistan prompted Obama administration officials on Thursday to issue a warning that Al Qaeda last year had considered attacks on American railroads.

The documents include a handwritten notebook from February 2010 that discusses tampering with tracks to derail a train on a bridge, possibly on Christmas, New Year’s Day, the day of the State of the Union address or the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks, officials said. But they said there was no evidence of a specific plot.

According to a Department of Homeland Security Bulletin obtained by Agence France-Presse, the terrorist network “was looking into trying to tip a train by tampering with the rails so that the train would fall off the track at either a valley or a bridge.”

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