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Rail security sweeps underway

Law enforcement across the country are conducting security sweeps at rail stations today as part of Operation RAILSAFE (Regional Alliance Including Local, State and Federal Efforts). The exercise includes more patrols at stations, more security aboard trains, canine sweeps and random bag inspections during the morning and evening commutes. Rail agencies, local authorities and the Transportation Security Administration are coordinating the effort.

"Joint security exercises like Operation RAILSAFE are designed to make it harder and harder for terrorists to use their preferred strategies to attack our stations, trains, and passengers," Amtrak Police Chief John O'Connor said. "Operation RAILSAFE will further enhance the readiness and communication capabilities of hundreds of police and security officials stationed in some of the busiest rail passenger areas in the U.S."

Have you seen officers conducting extra sweeps? Post a comment below about your experiences.

By Michael Bolden  | October 8, 2010; 10:02 AM ET
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Exercise your rights. Refuse the random bag checks. They will not let you board the train, but its a small price to pay.

Send them a message. Also say the following words at airport screening stations "I wish to opt-out" and nothing else if they ask you to proceed through one of their imaging machines.

Posted by: yell53 | October 8, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

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