January 22, 2007, - 3:03 pm

Well, It’s About Time/What Took So Long?: TSA Now Guards Toxins on Trains . . . Some of the Time

By Debbie Schlussel
Hmmm . . . 5.5 years after 9/11, and the TSA has just now decided to finally start monitoring rail shipments of potentially deadly cargo passing through cities.
Mazel Tov (“Congrats” in Yiddish). Glad the folks at the falsely name Transportation Security Administration have finally discovered America.
The TSA says that unguarded rail cars filled with toxic chemicals in cities are the single biggest terrorist threat related to the nation’s railroads.
Really? Then, why did it take 5 1/2 years to do something about it?
Just curious. More:

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The U.S. Naval Research Lab has said an attack on such a rail car could kill 100,000 people. Railroads carry 105,000 carloads of toxic chemicals a year, and 1.6 million carloads of other hazardous materials such as explosives and radioactive items, the government says.
The new tracking system lets the TSA enforce an agreement it reached with railroads to cut the amount of time hazardous rail shipments spend unguarded in cities. The agreement, signed by the 257 railroads that transport toxic chemicals, aims to reduce by 25% this year the number of hours hazardous rail shipments sit unguarded in each of 46 major urban areas.

Uh, why do these rail shipments spend ANY time unguarded? Again, just curious.
The THSA (Transportation Hardly Secure Administration) at work.

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3 Responses

It’s really sad. Doesn’t surprise me :( .
It took decades for us to realize that handing out our ss number everywhere we went (ie. dentist, doctors, and whatever form asked for it) ended up making many people victims of identity theft.

Highrise on January 22, 2007 at 5:49 pm

They need pilot engines before exery hazardous train, and an emergency team in a caboose on the train.

Walter E. Wallis on January 22, 2007 at 11:05 pm

So, Debbie, by now you have surely seen CNN’s story demolishing the “Obama went to an anti-American madrassa” story, right?
I assume you will be apologizing and retracting your story on it?
Did you ever apologize to those two “cell phone terrorists” from Dearborn who were cleared by the FBI?
NOT SURE WHAT THIS HAS TO DO WITH THE TSA AND TOXINS ON TRAINS. SO YOU ALREADY LOST POINTS ON INTELLIGENCE FOR NOT KNOWING THE BASIC RULE OF POSTING A COMMENT ON THE ENTRY YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT. AS FOR CNN, THE CORAN NEWS NETWORK DIDN’T “DEMOLISH” ANYTHING (AND INSIGHT SMACKS CNN DOWN IN RESPONSE), JUST AS THE CELLPHONE SUSPECTS WERE NEVER “CLEARED OF ANYTHING.” IN FACT, THE TWO CAUGHT IN OHIO PLED GUILTY TO LYING TO THE POLICE. I’M SURE THEY LIED WHEN THEY WERE CAUGHT B/C THEY ARE SUCH INNOCENT AND HONEST PEOPLE. AND THAT’S WHY THE GUY THEY BOUGHT THE PHONES FOR IS UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE FBI JT. TERRORISM TASK FORCE. APOLOGIZE FOR WHAT? (HINT: DON’T WANT YOUR ANSWER. THAT WAS A RHETORICAL QUESTION.)
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

Blisters on January 23, 2007 at 2:50 am

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