Subway Terrorist Attack Hoax
Email claims that a terrorist attack may occur in a US City on Friday, 1lth June, 2004 (Full commentary below
(Submitted via email, June 2004)
I don't know how true this is but I don't put anything pass our
government. This was forwarded to me and I don't know what to
think of it....so i figured i might as well pass it on. Ya never
know in today's world, its very scary.
This mass email to everyone is because of something that was
brought to my attention the other day that I feel I need to tell
as many people as possible incase it turns out to be true.. One
of my colleagues has a good family friend who works in city hall.
This friend called my coworker on Friday to tell him about some
intelligence the city has gotten regarding a possible terror
attack in the city (most likely the subways) planned for this
Friday and urged him to avoid the subways if possible. He also
told him something about the city placing an order for 2 to 3
thousand extra body bags. Now you have to take these things with
a grain of salt because I am sure they get tons of this
intelligence that turns out to be nothing. However there are some
things that coinside with this Friday that seem to give it a
higher probability than usual. The terrorists attacked the WTC on
9/11. They attacked Spain's subways on 3/11. This Friday just
happens to be 6/11. Whether that means anything or not who knows.
The thing that really has me concerned however is that all of a
sudden a lot of things are now closed on Friday due to Reagan's
death. The stock market, banks, Mail and all federal buildings
are closed. Obviously Reagan's death wasn't planned but the fact
they chose Friday as the day to do this big honoring of him
strikes me as a little to coincidental (less people going to work
= less people on the subway). The question that I get most when I
tell people about this is why wouldn't they go on TV and warn
people. Well I think the answer to that is simple....they can't.
They would cause mass hysteria and the city would be out of
control. Take this information and do withit what you want. I
just felt the need to tell as many people as I could. God forbid
something does happen this Friday and some people get hurt or die
that I know and could have warned about it and didn't, wellthat
would be a tough pill for me to swallow. I hope all this is bull
and nothing happens this Friday or any day for that matter.
Onething is for certain though if I have to work on Friday I am
taking a cab.
This hoax email began spreading in early June, 2004. The message claims that a terrorist
attack on the subway system of a US city may occur on Friday, 11th
June. The message does not specify a particular city, but the
assumption is that it refers to New York. Deputy Commissioner Paul
Browne of the New York police has dismissed the email as a baseless
A Reuters news article published at the time noted:
The police department has received no credible threat information
concerning a widely circulated e-mail message that discusses a
purported subway attack allegedly planned for Friday, June 11th"
Since the World Trade Centre attack, a number of similar, and
equally bogus, email rumours have circulated. Many of these earlier
hoaxes also claim that extra body bags have been ordered and make
contrived connections between certain dates. If there had been
credible intelligence about a possible terrorist attack, the US
Government would have alerted its citizens in the proper manner.
The email claims that the government chose Friday as the day to
honour former President Reagan in a clandestine attempt to minimize
casualties, but this strikes me as ridiculous paranoia.
There are enough real terrorist threats in our modern world without
muddying the waters with pointless rumours like this one. It is important to check the validity of all warnings of this nature before you forward them to others.
Write-up by Brett M.Christensen