A 20-year-old male who is a student at Pace, was found by an MTA worker deep into the tunnels under the East River at 5:20 a.m. this morning. He was wearing an outfit to make him look like an MTA worker including yellow boots, a construction hard hat, and a vest with reflective areas.
He was carrying cyanide pellets, a lighter, flares, and bottled water. Cyanide is one of the substances terrorism experts fear might someday be used to attack NYC.
The man was noticed by MTA employees south of the station at Bowling Green. When they found out he was not an employee they notified authorities.
The New York Times reports that Joint Terrorism Task Force Detectives spoke with the man and a search for explosives was initiated in the area in the tunnels where the man was found. “Police said they were certain the tools in the man’s backpack were not designed for any kind of detonation.”
The man claims he was in the subway tunnels because he was suicidal. He wanted to kill himself in an area where his body would not be found. Was he planning a “traditional” suicide or one that might involve a terrorist attack that would kill himself and other people too?
The subway tunnels under the East River are places where a terrorist attack could wreak horrific havoc. Officials have long feared an attack in this location.
Open Access to Subway Tunnels?
With all the security measures taken since the 9/11 attacks in New York City, it is mind boggling to realize that the subway tunnels are still wide open and unmonitored. How did this man manage to get deep into the subway tunnels without someone stopping and questioning him?
The man gained access to the subway tunnels at the Fulton Street Station. Is that station unmonitored? Why didn’t someone notice that this supposed MTA worker did not have an identification badge before he was moving deep into the tunnels?
Al Qaeda Planned Cyanide Attack on NYC Subway Tunnels in 2003
The BBC reports that in 2003, al Qaeda was within 45 days of a cyanide attack on NYC subways when it was called off. And obviously al Qaeda is persistent in their plans to attack NYC. They attempted to take down the WTC once and it didn’t work. When they struck again in 2001 they were successful in demolishing the WTC.
Could they now be at work developing a cyanide poisoning attack on the subways? Young, college age men who are suicidal are a typical candidate for recruitment into al Qaeda. They are isolated and looking for a sense of community. They may find it in terrorism.
Ron Suskind, a winner of the Pulitzer Prize when he was at the Wall Street Journal, discusses possible al Qaeda attacks on NYC subways in his book “The One Percent Doctine.” Time magazine quoted his book and provided in depth analysis of the possible attacks.
Time magazine reports that in Saudi Arabia a “mubtakkar” was found. This device is used to deliver hydrogen cyanide, a gas that is deadly when inhaled. For example, during the Holocaust Nazis used hydrogen cyanide in the concentration camp gas chambers.
A mubtakkar device was to be used in the 2003 attacks on NYC subways. Time states that “There would be several placed in subway cars and other strategic locations and activated remotely.”
Time reports that an informant said Yusef al-Ayeri of Saudi Arabia was linked to this upcoming attack on NYC. He was later killed in Saudia Arabia; at the time of his death he had a letter from Osama bin Laden in his clothing.
Is today’s unusual incident a warning sign that al Qaeda is in the planning stages of an attack on the subways? Or was a young man just attempting to end his life?
Al Qaeda certainly is trying to reach out to young men in America. There have been many signs lately that al Qaeda is in touch with Americans and actively involved in utilizing them in attacks against this country.
Will this young man’s computer or phone records show any links to terrorism? The Feds are surely busy investigating that today. Since the “undie bomber’s” attempt to blow up a plane over Detroit, terrorism seems to be heating up again.