Al-Qaeda Hatching Train Plot: Report
NSA allegedly tips off Germany
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 19, 2013 1:43 PM CDT
This Oct. 19, 2010 photo from files shows passengers walking by a German Intercity Express (ICE) high speed train, left, and a Eurostar high speed train at St. Pancras International Station in London.   (AP Photo/Lennart Preiss, File)

(Newser) – Al-Qaeda may be plotting to attack Europe's high-speed rail network, according to a report in Germany's Bild newspaper. According to the report, the NSA overheard the plan while listening in on an al-Qaeda conference call, the AFP reports—possibly the same conference call that reportedly led to the US briefly closing embassies around the world.

But German officials downplayed the report, telling Deutsche Welle that "the security situation has not changed" and that security would not, as the report suggested, be beefed up. "There are warnings from time to time, which are followed up," an interior ministry spokesman said. Angela Merkel's administration is no doubt eager to keep the letters "NSA" out of the news. Germany's opposition is hammering Merkel on her alleged complicity with the US spies, Der Spiegel reports, dubbing it "a scandal that just won't die."

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Aug 20, 2013 2:02 AM CDT
whew, good thing the USA has their shitty passenger rail lines. Blowing them up would be doing us a favor.
Aug 19, 2013 11:36 PM CDT
I hope Germans won't over do it with their "ordnung" and rely to much on it.
Aug 19, 2013 9:47 PM CDT
I can't believe this because those who fight "against the terrorism" say that they have greatly diminished the Al-Qaeda and Taliban threat and now I am hearing this. It appears that the "War against terrorism" has turned into "War Against Threat to Terrorism" as no one is safe and the Criminals reign supreme.