Daniel Zwerdling Daniel Zwerdling is a correspondent in NPR's Investigations Unit.
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Good morning. The more we hear, the worse it sounds. Ten airplanes, at least. Days from doing it. A sophisticated, international conspiracy. Plotters perhaps at large, perhaps in Pakistan. Not many details yet, and no way to verify, but this is what officials are telling us. Meanwhile, remember all the worry about potential threats to trains? So answer a couple questions for me: How come nobody on Amtrak's busiest line, from Washington to New York, has ever -- ever -- asked me or my loved ones to show an ID during our dozens and dozens of trips? Amtrak's Web site says, "We regularly conduct random ticket verification checks" as part of their security policy. My Web dictionary defines "random" as "Having no specific pattern, purpose or objective." Hmm. And has anyone on Amtrak ever inspected even one piece of your luggage?