Thursday, April 24, 2008
NEW YORK (CBS) ― " More protection against terrorists is coming to a subway station near you. Starting Thursday, special bomb teams, known as "Torch Teams," will be toting submachine guns and bringing bomb-sniffing dogs onto the platforms and into the trains. CBS 2 HD was out first thing Thursday morning on the lookout for these significant security measure improvements.
It's a first for mass transit in the United States. NYPD officers, armed with rifles, submachine guns, body armor and bomb-sniffing dogs will begin patrolling the city's subway system thanks to a 50 percent increase in a homeland security grant.
The city's massive subway system has long been considered a potential terror target. Six officers and a dog will constitute a team, patrolling all platforms and trains in 12-hour shifts. The "Torch Teams" will be toting MP5 submachine guns and M4 Carbine rifles that are used by Navy seals and FBI hostage-rescue teams. The teams are being paid for by $151 million from the Feds.
Similarly equipped NYPD units, known as "Hercules Teams," have patrolled Wall Street, the Empire State Building and other aboveground city landmarks for years as a response to the World Trade Center attacks.
A police official likened the "Torch Teams" to "Hercules Teams" with MetroCards."
Probably because calling such a total waste of resources the Monument For A Dead-Dick Team, would make these posers downright unhappy. Terrorists want maximum bang for the buck, which is why you DON'T see subway or bus bombings in the Big Apple, and most likely WON'T.
Knowing that enraging us will result in many, many deaths to their side, and total condemnation of dirty-old-Mo lovers living in the City, terror jerkwads like islam's finest have to get a massive return for their splodey-dopes for it to be worthwhile.
The Federal government knows that NYC loves turning loose the gestapo...and letting them accumulate those 25 hours of overtime per day apiece...which is why they tried cutting back to begin with. But what the hell; if Bloomberg's finest want to strut around with weapon systems forbidden to the general public then let 'em. By mistake they might very well run across some actual criminals that need decriminilizing.
Hey, could happen.