May 09, 2011

Chuck Schumer Proposes "No Ride" List for Amtrak

I'm pretty sure he didn't think this one all the way through:

A senator on Sunday called for a "no-ride list" for Amtrak trains after intelligence gleaned from the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound pointed to potential attacks on the nation's train system.

Sen. Charles Schumer said he would push as well for added funding for rail security and commuter and passenger train track inspections and more monitoring of stations nationwide.

"Circumstances demand we make adjustments by increasing funding to enhance rail safety and monitoring on commuter rail transit and screening who gets on Amtrak passenger trains, so that we can provide a greater level of security to the public," the New York Democrat said at a news conference.

As you would expect from a New york progressive, Schumer's "solution" is to throw hundreds of millions of dollars at a problem without solving it.

Any student of history has to be aware that while stations and the trains themselves are prime targets, the rail lines themselves are the weak link. During every major conflict from the mid 19th century onward, rail lines have been major targets for saboteurs, and those lines are nearly impossible to continuously monitor.

Terrorists do not need to enter a train station or get on a train to destroy the train; all they need to do is target an unguarded or just checked section of track with minimal explosives or even robust hand tools to cause a catastrophic derailment. Spending money we don't have to focus additional security resources on the part of the system that already has the most robust security measures is a fool's errand.

Further, Shumer assumes that passenger trains are the best target for catastrophic casualties, but the derailment of a chemical-laden freight train resulting in the rupture of caustic chemicals could lead to an incident on par with Bhopal.

If Schumer wants to provide the illusion of doing something worthwhile at great expense, he's certainly on the right path. But his farcical "no-ride" list will do nothing to save Americans lives.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at May 9, 2011 10:49 AM

Little Chuckie Schumer should volunteer to compile a "no ride" list the the NYC subways and the LIRR. He should do this is lieu of creating havoc in the Senate. After he spends the next 4 years or so com piing the list, he can spend the next 6 double checking it. Then he can get TSA to man the checkpoints. That would have the effect of closing off all travel in NYC turning it into an historical monument to which Chuckie could charge admission.

Posted by: Rick Caird at May 9, 2011 11:03 AM

I have no problem with a no-ride list, as long as it includes:

* Every member and past member of the US House of Representatives and the US Congress;

* Lobbyists

* Assholes who don't know how to act in public.

Posted by: Gunpowder Chronicle at May 9, 2011 12:32 PM

I'd be looking for tax rebates for anyone put on Amtrak's No Ride list.

Of course, who rides it anyway? Since they reportedly lose money on every ticket, the best policy would be to put everyone on that list and, thus, save the taxpayers all that money.

Posted by: Solus at May 9, 2011 12:43 PM

"Shumer assumes that passenger trains are the best target for catastrophic casualties"

"no ride list"

So now please explain the need for an expansion of "light rail" as proposed by Barack Obama and Joe "The Sheriff" Biden.

Posted by: Neo at May 9, 2011 01:45 PM

Why bother? No one rides Amtrak anyway. I'd go for a "no-elect" list with Schumer's name at the top.

Posted by: Joe Hooker at May 9, 2011 02:06 PM

@Gunpowder Chronicles, right on!

"Shumer assumes that passenger trains are the best target for catastrophic casualties." I disagree, the American people are the best target for anything done by Congress.

Welcome Back CY!

Tarheel Repub Out!

Posted by: Tarheel Repub at May 10, 2011 12:18 PM

I think his proposal should pass. Having to search 7/10 million passengers a day in NY subways, and another 2 or so million on the LIRR, causing enormous delays daily. This will most assuredly get him voted out.

Posted by: Robert R at May 10, 2011 02:09 PM

"Take this train to Cuba, running dog lackey of imperialist fascists!"

I wish Schumer were conspicuous for his stupidity, but given his line of work he probably doesn't even make the Top Ten Most Idiotic List.

Posted by: Steve Skubinna at May 11, 2011 12:55 AM