Sen. Schumer wants Amtrak train "no-ride" list

NEW YORK — Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for better rail security now that the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound has turned up plans to attack trains in the U.S.

Schumer said Sunday that he will push for the creation of a "do not ride" list for Amtrak. The list would be similar to the no-fly list that keeps those suspected of terrorism from flying into or out of the United States.

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Notes and computer materials seized from bin Laden's compound in Pakistan last Sunday showed bin Laden wanted to strike American cities again and discussed ways to attack trains.

Schumer is calling for increased funding for rail security in light of the new intelligence.

The New York Democrat says the U.S. must remain vigilant in protecting itself from future attacks.

Schumer said in his statement that $50 million for rail and port security was cut from the federal budget under last month's budget compromise, and that the revelations from the bin Laden raid means that cut needs a second look, Reuters reports.

The September 11 Commission recommended increased rail security similar to what Schumer is proposing back in 2004, Reuters reports, but that never materialized.

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