Next Step for Body Scanners Could Be Trains, Boats, Metro

From TheHill:

The next step in tightened security could be on U.S. public transportation, trains and boats.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says terrorists will continue to look for U.S. vulnerabilities, making tighter security standards necessary.

“[Terrorists] are going to continue to probe the system and try to find a way through,” Napolitano said in an interview that aired Monday night on “Charlie Rose.”

“I think the tighter we get on aviation, we have to also be thinking now about going on to mass transit or to trains or maritime. So, what do we need to be doing to strengthen our protections there?”


  1. So they really don’t want people to use public transport, do they? Why don’t they just stop offering bus service and trains? First they make flying a giant pain in the ass and now they want to make taking a bus difficult? What the hell is next – you have to put a thumb print into your dashboard and get scanned before you get to start your car?

  2. Let’s just make this simple. Every home in the United States is required to have a full body scanner and a TSA agent stationed right outside the front door at all times (back doors will be banned from use). If you want to leave your house to go shopping or do yard work, etc., you’ll have to submit to security. It’s for the good of the general public! Don’t you want to be safe?? Walking is a form of transportation, so it’s fair game.

  3. I think at least SOME security needs to be put into place for mass transit. I don’t know how we could monitor millions of people every day, so I’m really surprised more attacks haven’t happened yet, since some of these bombs can be made with legally attainable materials. As I mentioned in a different post, how hard would it be to carry a few briefcases worth of explosives onto a subway train and blow it up while it’s under a busy part of the city? That could take out a city block. Coordinate it with several trains and erase the town. Or just do the same thing with a bus. I don’t know if there’s a security check for private planes, put but a bomb in one of those and kamikaze it into a nuclear power plant and we’ve got another Chernobyl.

    Feeling secure within our own borders was great while it lasted, but times have changed. It’s just a matter of time before the next one hits.

    1. The TSA currently does random searches at train and subway stops.

      And it’s very effective. The other day, they were doing random stops at my train platform. I bypassed it because they only were doing checks on one entrance and there are three other entrances which were not being checked at all.

      But if I were a terrorist, I would have used the entrance they were checking. Cuz that’s how I roll.

  4. What about schools, theaters, malls, restaurants, stadiums, parks, athletic fields, roller rinks, ice rinks, grocery stores, concert halls, parades, demonstrations, Times Square, fair grounds, circuses, zoos, tunnels, bridges, traffic jams, festivals, farmers’ market? There are so many soft targets in America that if the Terrorists truly wanted to terrorize us they could do it with out breaking a sweat. Is it possible that the threat is not as great as certain individuals, parties, or government entities would like us to believe?

  5. It’s so ugly when a bloated empire becomes so very paranoid. And then nine years later is still getting more and more afraid of it’s own citizens.
    It’s doubtful these “improved” security measures could actually stop a dedicated, competent terrorist, so the TSA exists primarily to harrass travelers.

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