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Monday, May 2, 2011

Osama Bin Laden Is Dead, Bay Area on "High Alert"

Posted By on Mon, May 2, 2011 at 7:46 AM

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  • Aaaaand Scene!

Yes, we finally achieved the seemingly impossible -- we killed Osama bin Laden!

But what does that really mean for us?

While Bay Area leaders issue statement after statement celebrating the death of the No. 1 terrorist, it also seems during this time of triumph that we have to worry about our own safety.

As President Barack Obama astutely noted last night, there could be some anti-American violence in response to this joyous moment.  Which is why local police departments have stepped up patrols in all parts of San Francisco today just to be on alert. In particular, they have been instructed to pay close attention to transit areas, places of worship, and any public places where people might be celebrating his death.

Meanwhile, inside the station, SFPD's counterterrorism cops will "keep a close ear" on the intelligence buzz -- and they are ready to respond.

"We are always in contact with Homeland Security that will keep us abreast with the latest information that we need to be aware of," SFPD said in a statement.

If you are planning to ride BART this morning, officials told reporters that the transit agency is on high alert, meaning it's okay to be a little paranoid when you get on the train. But don't worry too much: BART is fully prepared for any retaliation attacks for the death of bin Laden. All available BART officers have been called up and are ready to go.

"The increase will be in effect for as long as it takes to feel comfortable," spokesman Linton Johnson told media outlets.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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