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Checking in with Amtrak on terrorist threat

by Mark Schnyder

KMOV.com

Posted on May 6, 2011 at 8:58 AM

Updated Friday, May 6 at 9:00 AM

After the Department of Homeland Security's intelligence warning sent to law enforcement around the country suggesting trains and train tracks could be a target, I checked with Amtrak Friday morning to see if there were any changes in security at St. Louis area Amtrak stations.

Here is Amtrak's response to my question:

"Amtrak received the DHS advisory.  Furthermore, there are several members of the Amtrak Police Department assigned to the Joint Terrorism Task Forces around the country. As such, we are immediately privy to any intelligence with respect to threats against rail.  Amtrak employees remain at a heightened state of vigilance and we will employ appropriate countermeasures as and when necessary."

The spokesperson said they would have no further comment.

Mark Schnyder is a reporter at KMOV-TV.  He can be reached at MSchnyder@kmov.com.

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