Indeed, some law enforcement officials, including those in New York, have admitted for years to being stumped about why terrorists, clearly capable of the spectacular attack, have so far not tried to hit the vulnerable transportation systems of this country’s major cities.
There are, of course, some protections in place. But, said one high-ranking New York law enforcement official, “If you absolutely wanted to, you could do it. My feeling is, it’s a matter of time.”
Why such a time has not come may be a matter of good police work or good luck on the part of Americans. But many of the latter made it clear they would prefer something more solid to bank on.
“They should give us guidelines, offer some solutions,” said Catherine Crawford, a nursing student interviewed on the subway. “It’s unnerving.”