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Feds ride rails to stop bombers in their tracks

(The following story by Murray Weiss appeared on the New York Post website on November 16, 2009.)

NEW YORK — Federal officers equipped with nuclear- and biological-weapons detectors have begun to ride the nation's rail system, including Amtrak, to prevent terrorists from hauling dirty bombs and other explosives to big-city targets, The Post has learned.

The Department of Homeland Security, working with the FBI, has been quietly rolling out handheld radiological devices to specially trained Transportation Security Administration agents who are randomly fanning out aboard trains and buses and at transit hubs.

"The nuclear, biological, chemical issue is now the most concerning and feared because of its mass-casualty possibilities," said a top federal official familiar with the initiative.

"This expands our capabilities to detect weapons of mass destruction, and it shows the direction we are heading nationally."

The small portable instruments detect radiological and biological particles emitted from materials that may be transported in baggage or personal belongings.

Rail systems in Spain, India and England have recently been targets of wildly bloody terror bombings that killed hundreds of people and wounded thousands of others.

Rail systems in Spain, India and England have recently been targets of wildly bloody terror bombings that killed hundreds of people and wounded thousands of others.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

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