Info from Osama raid shows interest in US trains

WASHINGTON (AP) - Al-Qaida considered attacking U.S. trains on the upcoming anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, but counterterrorism officials say they believe the planning never got beyond the initial phase.

The officials say they have no recent intelligence pointing to an active plot for such an attack.

Information on the train plot appears to be the first widely circulated intelligence pulled from the raid this week on bin Laden's secret compound in Pakistan. A U.S official says other intelligence information gathered at the compound represented a terrorist wish list, but has revealed no specific plan so far.

He said documents indicated a desire to hit the U.S. with large-scale attacks in major cities and on key dates such as anniversaries and holidays. But there was no sign those plans were anything more than ambitions. The U.S. official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters.

Regarding the train plot, the FBI and Homeland Security told local officials to be on the lookout for clips or spikes missing from train tracks, packages left on or near the tracks and other indications that a train could be vulnerable.