Which is precisely why
Darth Chertoff was right to cut DHS spending to NYC by 40%*:
U.S. officials received intelligence that al-Qaida operatives had been 45 days away from releasing a deadly gas into the city's subways when the plan was called off by Osama bin Laden's deputy in 2003 . . .
New York City. Not much of a target.
rest of the depressing story here.