DC Metro Map Found On Terrorist Web Site
Metro Security Is Prepared, Officials Say
NBC 4 | August 16, 2005
WASHINGTON -- A map of the Metro subway system has appeared on a terrorist Web site that encourages attacks against Americans, officials said Tuesday.
The Web site has been traced to an al-Qaida group, and the FBI was alerted by citizens last week that an Arabic language Web forum used by extremists were discussing Washington's Metro system as a possible terrorist target.
Officials said the site does not mention a specific Metro station as a target.
"We've been aware of it before the Department of Homeland Security lowered the threat level from orange back down to yellow," Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein told News4.
"We have chemical, biological and radiological detection capability in our Metro rail system."
Most Metro riders have taken threats in stride since Sept.11, 2001, but News4's Chris Gordon spoke with some passengers who are concerned.
"Well I mean I think Metro is really safe. I think Metro has done a lot of things to prepare for this, and I am confident that I am safe riding the Metro," said rider Adela Ramos.