Iowans boarding Amtrak trains on Friday should be prepared to see law officers with guns drawn as part of a nationwide “surge” in passenger train security.Training is always a good idea, but I'm not keen on law enforcement training with ordinary citizens. People just wanting to get from point A to point B do not deserve to be involved in an exercise.
The high-security “RailSafe” exercise - which will include local, state, federal and railroad law enforcement agencies - is coincidental to a security alert in Europe in response to fears of a terrorist attack, said Steve Kulm, an Amtrak spokesman in Washington, D.C.
“We don’t want to give out too many details. We want to maintain some bubble of operational surprise for the bad guys, “ Kulm said.What "bad guys"? This is an exercise so the bad guys would be fake too, right?
Another bit of news: Lt Gov Patty Judge is homeland security officer for the state. How a former farmer's wife and state secretary of agriculture qualifies for that job would be a good question for her to answer.
She gets to wear cool hats, though: