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Bin Laden considered 9/11 anniversary attack on US rail system

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The New York Times reports that a handwritten note dated February 2010 pondered the possibility of derailing a train traveling across a bridge on Christmas, New Year's Day, the day of the State of the Union address, or on Sept. 11, 2011. The note was vague, and officials have described the plot as mostly "aspirational," with few concrete details.

The Associated Press reports that DHS and TSA told local officials to keep an eye out for train tracks missing crucial pieces, as well as packages left on or near the tracks.

"Counterterrorism officials said this new threat information was more remarkable for its source – bin Laden – than for its content. The notes showed his personal interest in a railway attack," the Wall Street Journal notes.

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