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Schumer Wants ‘No-Ride List’ For Amtrak

From an unquestioning Reuters:

Sen. Schumer proposes "no-ride list" for Amtrak trains

Sun May 8, 2011

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A senator on Sunday called for a "no-ride list" for Amtrak trains after intelligence gleaned from the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound pointed to potential attacks on the nation’s train system.

Sen. Charles Schumer said he would push as well for added funding for rail security and commuter and passenger train track inspections and more monitoring of stations nationwide.

"Circumstances demand we make adjustments by increasing funding to enhance rail safety and monitoring on commuter rail transit and screening who gets on Amtrak passenger trains, so that we can provide a greater level of security to the public," the New York Democrat said at a news conference.

Democrats have been pushing for more ‘monitoring’ of buses and trains for years. And why not? It will give the government more control over its citizenry, where they can and can’t go. It will also expand the number of government employees.

And even more importantly, it will eventually give them more public sector union employees, since the TSA is already on the fast track to unionization. So it will directly increase the funding for the Democrat Party.

U.S. officials last week said evidence found after the raid on bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan indicated the al Qaeda leader or his associates had engaged in discussions or planning for a possible attack on a train inside the United States on September 11, 2011.

Schumer, citing U.S. intelligence analysts, said attacks were also considered on Christmas and New Year’s Day and following the president’s State of the Union address.

Naturally, Mr. Schumer was cleared to release this information.

He called on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to expand the Secure Flight monitoring program, which cross-checks air travelers with the terror watch list in an attempt to prevent anyone on the "no-fly list" from boarding, for use on Amtrak.

Such a procedure would create an Amtrak "no-ride list" to keep suspected terrorists off the U.S. rail system, he said

And what about the dangers of ‘profiling’? — Just kidding. Democrats don’t mind a little ‘profiling,’ as long as they are getting their kickbacks from the unions.

Schumer noted that rail and port security grant funding was cut by $50 million under last month’s federal budget compromise, but he said developments warrant reconsideration and increased rail safety funding.

In other words, Mr. Schumer is trying to claw back the $50 million for the public sector unions that was just cut out of the budget in last month’s historic compromise. This is always what Democrats do. And why most budget cuts end up being completely meaningless.

After all, those Democrat votes don’t buy themselves.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, May 9th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Schumer Wants ‘No-Ride List’ For Amtrak”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    I vote for Charles Shumer to be on a List. Beyond that I say not.

  2. Right of the People says:

    That’s just freakin’ marvelous. Chucky wants to screw up my favorite mode of travel.

    What’s next? When do we all get our national ID card? Soon they’ll be stopping everyone to look at their papers. Of course they won’t stop anybody Middle-Eastern looking, can’t be racially insensitive but I’m sure plenty of grandmas and blue eyed, blonds will be getting the third degree from Barry’s Brownshirts.

    I can hear them now, “Your papers are not in order, honky.”

    • jobeth says:

      “What’s next? When do we all get our national ID card? ”

      Obalmy is in a hurray…so we’ll just skip to the next level…’The Mark” on our forehead or hand.

  3. Chase says:

    What is the ratio of riders to union positions on a train these days? 1:3? Considering the union has such thorough vetting procedures, I am sure their cardholders are all worry-free when it comes to Islamofascist sentiments, and too well paid and behaved to worry about any appeal of bribery or subjection to extortion.

    So that leaves how many passengers to be checked? If profiling were allowed, we could probably do with, what, 2-3 rail marshals per time zone? Well, that and their supporting bureaucracy of 1,000s…

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