Washington — Trans- Atlantic terror fears extended Sunday to the world's newest and largest luxury liner — the Queen Mary 2.
Just two weeks before its Jan. 12 maiden voyage from England to Florida, two U.S. officials have confirmed that the $800 million ship is mentioned as a possible target in intercepted al-Qaida communications.
"It's being taken seriously," a federal law enforcement source told the New York Daily News.
But Queen Mary 2 owner Cunard denied that the company, which is a subsidiary of Carnival Cruise Lines, has had any threat to the QM2.
Homeland Security Department officials "are clearly worried about somebody taking a pop at a cruise ship," said John Pike of Global Security.org.
The threats against the QM2 were first reported by British newspapers Sunday, quoting unnamed Cunard officials.
Re: National briefs: Officials: QM2 may be new target
This is sad.
But one has to think about the logistics of such a target. If in dock that's one thing but out in open waters ... you gotta find her (which would take an inside job?) ... and I'd have thought that it'd take a heck of a lot of something or other to do any real damage and a large vessel to get the nasty stuff to her in the first place. Based on what we've all read in the media in the past fortnight I'd say anything's a target, except maybe the local supermarket on a Sunday morning.
"They" "did" the Andrea Dorea in the 70's. But that wasn't today's MO, was it?
Speaking of this subject, when we left port New York, 9/25/2003, there were Coast Guard officials on the bridge. Does anyone know if that was routine, post 9/11, etc?