By GARY BAUMGARTEN
Paltalk News Network
NEW YORK - New details are emerging about the attempt in September to attack the subway system in New York City.
The plan was to blow up several trains on or near the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
According to the New York Daily News, suicide bombers were going to position themselves on packed trains and blow themselves up. The were going to target the Grand Central and Times Square stations - the busiest in the city.
I remember being shocked as a young man when I traveled to Mexico and saw armed guards carrying semi-automatic weapons outside banks. And saddened that, when I traveled to Israel, it was so necessary to subject myself to intense security measures each time I entered sensitive buildings.
Now, we see similar images throughout New York - especially at transportation hubs. Police officers and national guardsmen patrolling - some carrying semiautomatic weapons - others with explosives sniffing dogs at their sides.
There are those who would minimize the threat terrorists pose to the homeland. They feel the government and law enforcement are overreacting. After all, they argue, there's been no attack since 2001!
But the reason there's been no attack is that the intelligence community and law enforcement are working hard to prevent them.
This alleged planned September subway attack is not the only one that has been thwarted. Some have resulted in charges and have been reported in the news media. Others, I have been told, remain under the public radar.
People are quick to criticize the security measures. I too, value my civil liberties, and bemoan the post-9/11 enhanced security procedures that are in place. But I promise you - if one of these planned attacks had been successful - there would have been far more criticism over the failure of the security measures to protect us than there are now of their successes.
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