ALAMEDA (CBS SF) – Revelations that Osama bin Laden considered hijacking and blowing up U.S. oil tankers in order to provoke an “extreme economic crisis” came as no surprise to the Coast Guard in the Bay Area.
“This is something that security planners have obviously thought of and planned for since 9/11 and frankly before 9/11,” said Dan Dewell, spokesman for the 11th Coast Guard District based in Alameda.READ MORE: UPDATE: All Lanes of Westbound I-580 In Oakland Reopen Following Police Activity
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Dewell said that since the attack on the USS Cole in Yemen in 2000, security includes more armed boarding teams, armed vessels and stronger coordination between federal, state and local agencies.READ MORE: Oakland School Board Discusses Reinstating Popular Police Mentoring Program
The Department of Homeland Security said Friday documents seized from Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan show no imminent or specific threat from Al-Qaeda.
Nevertheless the FBI and Department of Homeland Security issued a confidential warning to police and the energy industry the same day. Dewell said the Coast Guard would make no changes in the San Francisco Bay because of the newly disclosed intelligence.
Oil tankers regularly pass through the Golden Gate because of the ConocoPhillips, Shell and Tesoro refineries in Contra Costa County. Dewell said the Coast Guard regularly educates industry about improvements to protect ships.MORE NEWS: Supply Chain Crisis: Shipping Industry Leaders Meet In San Francisco, Warn Backlog To Stretch Long Past Holidays
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