CTA steps up security after Moscow subway bombing

If you notice a greater police presence at CTA rail stations Tuesday, you can thank (?) two Russian female suicide bombers, who killed almost 40 people on a Moscow subway train Monday, and injured and injured more than 60 in the rush hour attack.

As a result of the incident, which was cheered by al-Qaida Web sites, "the CTA and the public transportation section of Chicago's police department were watching closely for any suspicious activity or behavior," according to an AP report.
Seriously people, if you see something, say something.


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  • Well, seriously speaking, what would people in the Moscow subways have seen before that happened to prevent it?

  • In reply to BobS:

    Who knows. I wasn't there. Maybe the women were acting suspiciously, and you could see they were all bulked up with explosives under their coats.

    There was an abandoned suitcase reported to police on a train recently. Cops stopped the train, called out a bomb squad and did a controlled explosion. I would say that's something to call about it.

  • In reply to KevinO’Neil:

    In previous attacks in Russia, the women suicide bombers were veiled & wearing robes, not normal clothing.
    I am assuming the same here.
    Nothing offends me as much as these women in Chicago that dress in full veils & robes.
    I've even seen them driving while looking through a slit.
    Thoroughly absurd!

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    Kudos for being honest and also for picking such an accurate screen name.

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    I doubt the Chechen or Ossetian suicide bombers were in burkhas.

    However, your profound dislike of their garb borders on hate speech.

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    This reminds me of when Puerto Rican Nationalists attacked the US House of Representatives in 1954.

    I think the Chechens aren't done with the Russians yet.

  • In reply to KevinO’Neil:

    Was that the episode a couple of weeks ago in which the cops shut down a square half-mile of Edgewater around Granville to blow up some homeless guy's only possessions? That was a ludicrous overreaction and the biggest reason we need to question paranoia like "if you see something, say something."

    (But if you're talking about some other incident, I haven't heard about it, and maybe it *was* terrorism.)

  • In reply to BobS:

    Would it have been an "overreaction" if had not been so innocuous? Police get paid to make such decisions, and I'm ok with it.

  • In reply to KevinO’Neil:

    I'm not. It's air travel-oriented, but here's a little dose of reality that answers the question "is anyone around you a terrorist?":


    And here's a piece about a couple of alleged terrorists who were confined at Guantanamo Bay as terrorists for two years for no reason:


    The bottom line: It's always an overreaction and "I don't know" isn't a valid attitude.

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