TSA: Unguarded Rail Cars 'Highest Risk' for Attack
There's more evidence about the potential terrorist threat highlighted in a recent NewsChannel 5 investigation.
USA Today reports, "The government for the first time will monitor rail shipments of potentially deadly cargo passing through cities to make sure cars vulnerable to attack don't sit unguarded for too long."
The newspaper notes that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) "will start a nationwide tracking system in about a month to determine how long rail cars filled with lethal materials are stopped on tracks or sit in unsecured storage yards in urban areas."
The reports are apparently based on testimony last week by TSA Administrator Kip Hawley. He told a Senate committee:
"We identified railcars loaded with toxic inhalation hazard materials (TIH) sitting unattended as the highest risk potential as a terrorist target. While these shipments represent less than one percent of all rail shipments, if attacked they could create an airborne hazard and potentially endanger the lives of people living and working in those communities."