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U.S. Plans Law Enforcement 'Surge' On Trains

• Richard Esposito, Rhonda Schwartz and Schpoliansky
U.S. authorities plan a law enforcement surge this week along Amtrak routes, an exercise called RailSafe, and the heads of the country's biggest mass transit systems were briefed today on the possible terror threat, all part of what is being called an abundance of caution.

Amtrak is holding a high-security exercise Friday in which uniformed officers will be a visible presence on national transit routes. RailSafe will include all the local police agencies along the Amtrak routes involved in the exercise.

"If al Qaeda is planning simultaneous attacks in Europe," said Richard Clarke, former White House national security official and now an ABC News consultant, "there's nothing to say they could not also include the US on that list of simultaneous attacks."

A senior DHS official said the rail exercise is "long-planned" and "is not connected in any way" to the terror threat in Europe.

The stepped-up security comes as the French arrested 12 terror suspects in Bordeaux and Marseilles, and as the U.S. used CIA drones to attack a suspected center of the plot in Pakistan.

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Comment by Ross Wolf
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This corrects "the 2010 Date Typo" in my prior comment "Is Obama Moving Toward Lock-Down of America?" The last sentence should have read: "Nazi Germany’s Discriminatory Laws that Hitler signed on Feb. 28, 1933."

Comment by Brock
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"Our" trains?

How many trains do you own?

Comment by Ross Wolf
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Is Obama Moving Toward Lock-Down of America?

No one disagrees our trains have to be protected from terrorists. However, one must ask, does DHS intend to create similar to their N0-Fly-Lists that now bar ten of thousands Americans from flying, a No-Train-Ride-List that could prevent Americans traveling by train to work?

Nazi Germany used such lists to target German Citizens daily that opposed the Nazi Government or were deemed undesirable, force searching and interrogating trains passengers, demanding to see their papers; causing to intimidate, delay and thwart German Citizens taking a train to work, causing Citizens to their jobs. It was reported June 22, 2004 which you may access following, that the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) was stopping "T" rail passengers and demanding identification, under threat passengers would be detained, not just expelled from T property, if they were unable or unwilling to provide satisfactory identification; that caused controversy because the government wanted the information from passengers without probable cause and to search their baggage. That could become realty on trains in the near future, when you consider Obama government is seeking the power, (without a warrant) to wiretap in America all phones, electronic communications and Internet Activity and use the information to arrest Americans for any alleged crime or because they might do something.  Alarmingly law enforcement is now entering Citizens’ property to attach GPS tracking devices on Citizens’ cars. Just recently the Obama government purchased hundreds of X-ray Vans and without a warrant, is using X-raying, peering into private homes and Citizens’ vehicles when parked, driven and at check pointes. It is problematic as Government intimidates Citizens’ right to free speech and lawful dissent, that government will restrict Americans’ right to freely travel in the name of fighting terrorism. In Nazi Germany anyone who objected to increasing police state measures lost their job or was arrested, which enabled Hitler to increasingly get a chokehold on its Citizens Liberties. Americans may get a close look at that chokehold after Obama’s gets the Police State Powers to invade without warrants, the private lives of U.S. Citizens. To get an idea what that chokehold looks like, below see Nazi Germany’s Discriminatory Laws that Hitler signed on Feb. 28, 2010.

See Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) stopping "T" rail passengers:


Note: Based on translations by State Department, National Socialism, 1942 PP. 215-17, and Pollak, J.K., and Heneman, H.J., The Hitler Decrees, (1934), pp. 10-11.7

In virtue of Section 48 (2) of the German Constitution, the following is decreed as a defensive measure against Communist acts of Violence, endangering the state:

Section 1

Sections 114, 115, 117, 118, 123, 124, and 153 of the Constitution of the German Reich are suspended until further notice. Thus, restrictions on personal liberty, on the right of free expression of opinion, including freedom of the press, on the right of assembly and the right of association, and violations of the privacy of postal, telegraphic, and telephonic communications, and warrants for house-searches, orders for confiscations as well as restrictions on property, are also permissible beyond the legal limits otherwise prescribed.

Section 2

If in a state the measures necessary for the restoration of public security and order are not taken, the Reich Government may temporarily take over the powers of the highest state authority.

Section 4

Whoever provokes, or appeals for or incites to the disobedience of the orders given out by the supreme state authorities or the authorities subject to then for the execution of this decree, or the orders given by the Reich Government according to Section 2, is punishable—insofar as the deed, is not covered by the decree with more severe punishment and with imprisonment of not less that one month, or with a fine from 150 up to 15,000 Reichsmarks.

Who ever endangers human life by violating Section 1, is to be punished by sentence to a penitentiary, under mitigating circumstances with imprisonment of not less than six months and, when violation causes the death of a person, with death, under mitigating circumstances with a penitentiary sentence of not less that two years. In addition the sentence my include confiscation of property.

Whoever provokes an inciter to or act contrary to public welfare is to be punished with a penitentiary sentence, under mitigating circumstances, with imprisonment of not less than three months.

Section 5

The crimes which under the Criminal Code are punishable with penitentiary for life are to be punished with death: i.e., in Sections 81 (high treason), 229 (poisoning), 306 (arson), 311 (explosion), 312 (floods), 315, paragraph 2 (damage to railroad properties, 324 (general poisoning).

Insofar as a more severe punishment has not been previously provided for, the following are punishable with death or with life imprisonment or with imprisonment not to exceed 15 years:

1. Anyone who undertakes to kill the Reich President or a member or a commissioner of the Reich Government or of a state government, or provokes to such a killing, or agrees to commit it, or accepts such an offer, or conspires with another for such a murder;

2. Anyone who under Section 115 (2) of the Criminal Code (serious rioting) or of Section 125 (2) of the Criminal Code (serious disturbance of the peace) commits the act with arms or cooperates consciously and intentionally with an armed person;

3. Anyone who commits a kidnapping under Section 239 of the Criminal with the intention of making use of the kidnapped person as a hostage in the political struggle.

Section 6

This decree enters in force on the day of its promulgation.

Reich President

Reich Chancellor

Reich Minister of the Interior

Reich Minister of Justice