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Al-Qaeda Plots Attack On U.S. Trains

Tonight, the first bit of intelligence recovered in the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound has been released.

It shows that al-Qaeda was considering an attack on U.S. trains.

Homeland security officials say the plot was only in the very beginning stages, and there's no active plans for such an attack right now.

Security officials at the state's train stations are being vigilant as always.

The MTA released a statement to News 8 that read "This is another reminder that our transit system remains a top target and we must always remain vigilant. While there is no specific threat, we remain at high alert in coordination with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners. As always, we remind our customers to inform a police officer or MTA employee if they see anything unusual."

"I think he had a plan to attack trains and he wasn't finished with America," says Yael Polanco of Trumbull.

The CIA says that data recovered from the hard drives in bin Laden's compound show ideas and ways to attack America's rail system on the tenth anniversary of Sept.11. Expert, Richard Clark says the rail system is an easy target.

Homeland security has sent out word across the country ,and people have noticed the heightened security on the trains and in the stations.

"I do see it in New Haven where they have police officers patrolling around the station, the dogs are very friendly not vicious at all, they are sniffing and they are there," says Rev. Cleaven Johnson of New Haven.

"He came in with a bomb sniffing dog and went from car to car and everyone started talking and you hear the whispers, and I guess it struck fear into everyone once we saw that," says Polanco.

Right now the government says the patrols are just a precaution, and just one of the many signs to security, homeland security goes well beyond the train stations. Most passengers tell News 8 they feel safe.

"I have confidence in our people here. You can't stop life, and sit at home twiddling our thumbs, wondering what is going to happen," says Graham.

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Added: May-6-2011 
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