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The Terrorist Threat To Our Schools Pt. 1 by NTARC

(NTARC) Some time after 9/11, several pieces of an elaborate puzzle came together for the first time and created a stunning picture of the complex planning that went into the attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Unfortunately, those pieces came together much too late.

Over the past couple of years, National Terror Alert has featured several seemingly unrelated news events and stories, all with a common thread… A potential terrorist threat to our nations children and schools.

With each news story it appears that the planning of a new attack, one with potentially horrific consequences, could be in the works. We’ll let you decide for yourself.

Could all of these stories amount to nothing more than incredible coincidence? Certainly, but there are several elements of 9/11 that prior to the attack would have also been attributed to the same and we are all too familiar with the end result.

Later this week we will feature a follow-up post that will show you what steps you can take to keep yourself, your family and your school safe.

One word of caution… Don’t allow yourself to dismiss certain stories because of their age (3-4 years). al Qaeda is known for having operational planning windows varying up to 5 or 6 years. They are patient and methodical in their planning. Several reports related to Beslan indicate that terrorists may have actually been involved in the construction of the school, years earlier.

The Beslan Massacre

On September 1, 2004, Beslan’s Secondary School Number One was taken over by Islamist Chechen terrorists. 1200 adults and children were taken hostage on what was supposed to be an exciting first day of school. When the siege ended 3 days later, 344 were dead, including 186 children. Hundreds more were wounded.

Think it won’t happen here…

We cannot and should not underestimate the threat, or worse yet, falsely believe the danger doesn’t exist. In intelligence circles, many fear that the Beslan massacre may only have been a dress rehearsal for what al-Qaeda plans to do in America but on a much larger scale, launching multiple school attacks simultaneously across the country.

(WorldNetDaily) Authorities fear the school massacre that shook Russia a few years ago may be a dress rehearsal for what al-Qaida plans to do in America – only on a grander scale, launching multiple school attacks simultaneously across the country.

In 2004, Chechen terrorists associated with al-Qaida seized a school building in Beslan, Russia, and slaughtered 338, including 172 children.

Three years later, schools and local police in this country are still unprepared to deal with such an assault, experts warn. Most don’t have response plans for handling a single active shooter, let alone a cell of trained terrorists launching a large-scale attack.

Yet terror cells secreted inside America may be planning to use buses, as well as other vehicles and methods, as a Trojan horse to infiltrate school campuses and massacre students and teachers.

The FBI and Homeland Security Department last month distributed a bulletin to law enforcement across the country warning that Muslims with “ties to extremist groups” are signing up to be school bus drivers. They also noted “recent suspicious activity” by foreigners who either drive school buses or are licensed to drive them.

“The enemy is infiltrating us at all levels, and certainly school bus drivers are one area to look at,” warned retired Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, president of Killology Research Group, an anti-terror consultancy that trains the FBI and other law enforcement. “And how about high school, middle school and elementary school cafeteria workers? Janitors? Delivery people?”

Grossman says some school district security officials he works with have expressed concerns about some of the Muslim employees schools are hiring.

“But no one dares profile them,” he told WND.

“Islamic terrorists are already in place in the U.S. and, yes, that includes bus drivers, cafeteria workers and also airport workers,” added Grossman, a former Army Ranger and West Point professor.

Floor plans for schools in Virginia, Texas and New Jersey have been recovered from terrorist hands in Iraq, he notes. Videotapes confiscated in Afghanistan show al-Qaida terrorists practicing the takeover of a school.

Simultaneous attacks on schools in multiple states would follow Osama bin Laden’s goal of crippling the U.S. economy. If multiple schools were hit, Grossman says, parents would drop out of the work force en masse to protect their children. A prolonged labor disruption would cost businesses billions of dollars in lost revenue.

The 9/11 mastermind now in custody at Gitmo recently suggested al-Qaida may be targeting school children. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed said in his confession before a military tribunal that while he may not like killing kids, they’re fair game in jihad. He claims U.S. forces bombed and killed the children of bin Laden’s top deputy, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, and arrested and “abused” his own children.

According to the Middle East Media Research Institute, an al-Qaida spokesman has claimed Muslims have the right to kill up to 2 million American children in retaliation for Muslim children killed in Muslim lands.

“Osama bin Laden has promised that what has happened in (Beslan) Russia will happen to us many times over,” Grossman said. “And Osama tries very hard never to lie to us.”

Experts say terrorist cells are aided by many facilitators inside American cities who canvass targets and perform other logistics for such attacks.

“They are in the U.S., in all aspects of life, including the schools – and not just as bus drivers,” Grossman said. “And American school children may pay the price,” if schools and local law enforcement fail to implement counterterror plans.

Recent events come on top of several other school bus-related incidents involving Mideast men that raise suspicion of terror activity.

They include last year’s surprise boarding of a school bus in Tampa, Fla., by two Saudi men dressed in trench coats. Authorities suspect they were making a dry run to see how easy it would be to hijack or blow up a school bus filled with innocent American students.

Previously, an Arab man from Detroit was caught trying to obtain a job as a school bus driver in New York using fake Social Security documents.

Experts also worry about terrorists operating independently of al-Qaida. “There are many lone wolves and self-starters out there who could attack at any time,” Grossman warned.

Muslim gunman Sulejman Talovic was loaded for bear in February when he opened fire on shoppers in a Salt Lake City mall. He was armed with a shotgun, a .38 pistol and a backpack full of ammunition. He killed five and would have kept killing if an alert off-duty police officer hadn’t returned fire and helped stop him.

If the 18-year-old Bosnian immigrant had targeted his old high school in a similar rampage, the number of body bags would have been horrific, experts say. Such a scenario is local law enforcement’s worst nightmare, because school resource officers, or SROs, are ill-equipped to handle such assaults.

Homeland security consultants recommend arming all SROs and training them in SWAT tactics to repel such attackers.

“The time may come when that one cop will have to keep several adults at bay, preventing them from prosecuting their assault plan on our kids until support arrives,” said John Giduck, president of Archangel Group, an antiterror training service.

Recent attacks on children in schools in Athens, Ga., Bailey, Co., Red Lake, Minn., and Nickel Mines, Penn., occurred in the absence of armed SROs.

“We can’t think that Columbine will be the worst tactical circumstances our SROs will face,” warned Giduck, author of “Terror at Beslan: A Russian Tragedy with Lessons for America’s Schools.”

Several of you have emailed to say that you don’t believe terrorists would consider targeting our children and/or schools. Response: The facts simply don’t support that position.

Cleric Supports Taking Children Hostage

In 2004, one extremist Islamic cleric based in Britain said that he would support hostage-taking at British schools if carried out by terrorists with a just cause. Omar Bakri Mohammed, the spiritual leader of the extremist sect al-Muhajiroun, said that holding women and children hostage would be a reasonable course of action for a Muslim who has suffered under British rule.

(Telegraph.CO.UK) An extremist Islamic cleric based in Britain said yesterday that he would support hostage-taking at British schools if carried out by terrorists with a just cause.

Omar Bakri Mohammed, the spiritual leader of the extremist sect al-Muhajiroun, said that holding women and children hostage would be a reasonable course of action for a Muslim who has suffered under British rule.

In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Mr Mohammed said: “If an Iraqi Muslim carried out an attack like that in Britain, it would be justified because Britain has carried out acts of terrorism in Iraq.

“As long as the Iraqi did not deliberately kill women and children, and they were killed in the crossfire, that would be okay.”

Mr Mohammed, 44, who lives in Edmonton, north London, but is originally from Syria, also claimed that the Chechen rebels were not responsible for the deaths of more than 350 people – at least half of them children – who are so far known to have died in Beslan.

“The Mujahideen [Chechen rebels] would not have wanted to kill those people, because it is strictly forbidden as a Muslim to deliberately kill women and children. It is the fault of the Russians,” he said.

The father of seven came to Britain in 1985 after being deported from Saudi Arabia because of his membership of a banned group. He has since been given leave by the Home Office to remain in Britain for five years but the Government is reviewing his status.

He gave an interview yesterday to promote a “celebratory” conference in London next Saturday to commemorate the third anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

Andrew Dismore, the Labour MP for Hendon, was infuriated by Mr Mohammed’s comments. “That sounds to me like incitement and I will report him to Scotland Yard,” he said. “It is an insult to most moderate Muslims, who are sick of people like this claiming to represent them.”

Permission To Take The Lives of 2 Million American Children

Al-Qaeda spokesman Suleiman Abu Gheith, originally from Kuwait, posted a three-part article titled “In the Shadow of the Lances” on the website of the Center for Islamic Research and Studies, in 2004. He said, “We have not reached parity with them. We have the right to kill 4 million Americans – 2 million of them children – and to exile twice as many and wound and cripple hundreds of thousands”.

(Boston Globe) AS THE World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks become a more distant memory, many Americans comfort themselves with the thought that 9/11 was a freak accident or a 100-year flood. Yesterday’s arrest of 21 suspected terrorists, who were in the operational stage of preparation to blow up airplanes en route from Britain to the United States, serves as another stark wake-up call to the brute fact that so many find so hard to believe: There are a large number of people in the world who seriously want to kill us.

As we applaud the diligence of British security services that unraveled this plot, there are deeper questions Americans should reflect on. Why are so many people prepared to give up their own lives to kill Americans? Why are there so many people in the world who support them? Why do so many people believe that their methods are justifiable?

A year into the war in Iraq, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld posed a similar question to his four closest colleagues in the Pentagon in a memo that was subsequently leaked. About US strategy in the global war on terrorism, he asked: “Are we capturing, killing, or deterring and dissuading more terrorists every day than the madrassas and the radical clerics are recruiting, training, and deploying against us?”

Assessing our adversaries’ numbers dynamically and seeking to understand their motivation clinically is not to sympathize with them, but to attempt to design better strategies to defeat them. That requires understanding how our actions increase sympathy, support, and incentives for would-be killers. As commanders of US forces in Iraq have observed, if by calling down airstrikes on a house containing one terrorist and 10 innocents we subtract one terrorist but recruit 10 replacements, we move backward in our mission.

Nine months after 9/11, Al Qaeda announced its goal to kill four million Americans. As an affiliated website stated: “We have the right to kill four million Americans — two million of them children — and to exile twice as many and wound and cripple hundreds of thousands” to compensate for the Muslims killed by what Osama bin Laden called the “Jewish-Christian crusaders.”

One can only imagine how bin Laden’s target number is growing as the war in Iraq continues, and now as Israel pursues its campaigns in Gaza and Lebanon.

The capture of the would-be plane bombers in London should cause us to reflect on our longer-run strategy for what the president has rightly called the “long war” on terrorism. In that war, there are today more people who see the United States as the major threat to themselves than there were on 9/11. In that war, the war in Iraq has caused more people around the world to support terrorists who want to kill us. Clearly, we must continue efforts at monitoring, disrupting, capturing, incarcerating, or eliminating determined killers. But a strategic reassessment of our longer-term strategy for the war on terrorism would highlight at least three areas that require substantial change on our part.

First, we must acknowledge that the surest way to generate terrorists is to occupy their territory. The French learned this in Algeria; the Israelis, in the occupation of Lebanon from 1978 to 2000. To the extent that US troops are seen as occupiers in Iraq or Israeli troops occupiers in Lebanon, history would predict we motivate terrorists. The quiet, unadvertised withdrawal of US forces from bases in Saudi Arabia removed one of bin Laden’s raison d’etre: to force American and other “crusaders” to remove their troops from Arab lands.

Second, we must recognize that most of the actions required to discover and capture terrorist plotters like the “London 21″ will be taken by other governments — or not at all. However great our effort, it cannot approach the extent and effectiveness of the British government in Britain, the Saudi government in Saudi Arabia, the Pakistani government in its country. But gaining their assistance will require greater sensitivity to these governments’ and their citizens’ concerns on issues at the top of their agendas. To Americans who ask why we care that majorities even in allied countries disapprove of the United States and especially the Bush administration and believe that America is the greatest threat to international security, the answer is that their cooperation in outing a jihadist in their midst may be essential to our security.

Finally, we must delegitimize terrorism — making it as internationally unacceptable as slavery or piracy.

As President Bush has rightly said, we live in a “dangerous world.” Effectively combating this threat will, however, require more imagination and harder choices in the long run.

al Qaeda Video Shows Mock Siege of An American School

In 2001 videos were seized in Afghanistan, depicting a mock al-Qaeda siege of schools. The New York Post said at the time, that the al-Qaida tapes include the rehearsed shooting of schoolchildren and the taking of hostages.

The location was an abandoned school in Mir Bach Kot, Afghanistan, north of Kabul, a hotbed of al-Qaeda activity before the U.S. and allied forces ousted the Taliban.

This video clip was reportedly part of eight hours of footage obtained from a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan. The source that provided it to explained that it shows terrorists training for a school takeover operation.

It was featured as part of Glenn Beck’s “The Perfect Day”

Iraqi Insurgent In Possession of Computer Disk With Detailed Information On The Emergency Plans For 6 U.S. Schools

Jump ahead to October 2004. Schools in six states were notified that information had been uncovered by the U.S. military in Baghdad that a man described as an Iraqi insurgent involved in anti-coalition activities had been captured and was in possession of computer discs with downloaded school floor plans and safety and security information about elementary and high schools in the six states, according to officials.

School officials in Fort Myers, Fla.; Salem, Ore.; Gray, Ga.; Birch Run, Mich.; two towns in New Jersey; and two towns in California have been told to increase security in light of the discovery.

FBI Issues Warning To Schools

The information found on the insurgent was considered serious enough for the FBI to issue this warning.

The warning asked schools and administrators to be on the lookout for the following:

– Interest in obtaining site plans for schools, bus routes and attendance lists.

– Prolonged “static surveillance” by people disguised as panhandlers, shoe shiners, newspaper or flower vendors or street sweepers not previously seen in the area.

– Observations of security drills.

– People staring at or quickly looking away from employees or vehicles as they enter or leave parking areas.

– Foot surveillance of campuses involving individuals working together.

Terror alert issued to Arizona school bus drivers

Department of Public Safety authorities have put school bus drivers from around the state on a heightened state of alert regarding the possibility of terrorist activity, including those in Payson, Pine and Tonto Basin.

So how difficult would it be for a terrorist to get their hands on a school bus?

We found this one for sale yesterday on a popular online auction site. Looking at the number of completed auctions, it’s fairly easy to purchase one and there’s a number of them available at any given time.

Extremists Sign Up to Become School Bus Drivers

Fast forward to March of this year and reports of extremists attempting obtain jobs as school bus drivers and to also purchase school buses.

In a bulletin issued by the FBI and read to the Associated Press, the public was informed that members of extremist groups were signing up to become bus drivers.

The bulletin, parts of which were read to The Associated Press, did not say how often foreign extremists have sought to acquire licenses to drive school buses, or where.

It noted “recent suspicious activity” by foreigners who either drive school buses or are licensed to drive them, according to a counter-terror official.

Foreigners under recent investigation include “some with ties to extremist groups” who have been able to “purchase buses and acquire licenses,” the bulletin says.

Atlas Shrugs added more details to the story.

There is a very important fact that is not getting the attention it needs in the Extremists Driving School Buses in the USA story, the general impression all the news commentators have is that the ‘extremists” are just getting school bus drivers licenses to work for a school, no they are buying the school buses for as little as $1,205.00 see repo bus sales in the last 48 hours at the bottom of this report.!

“Foreigners under recent investigation include “some with ties to extremist groups” who have been able to “purchase buses and acquire licenses,” the FBI bulletin says.

There is a very important fact that is not getting the attention it needs in the Extremists Driving School Buses in the USA story, the general impression all the news commentators have is that the ‘extremists” are just getting school bus drivers licenses to work for a school, no they are buying the school buses for as little as $1,205.00 see repo bus sales in the last 48 hours at the bottom of this report.!

This fact leads me back to the Muslim used car/truck dealers involved in buying such vehicles at the auto auctions around the USA, you must have a vehicle dealer license to purchase such vehicles at auction and the auction is the main source for such sales.

See Abdalla Deiab’s story in the St. Pete Times Story below from 10/23/2004, this guy is still around and he appears to be in Fort Lauderdale now.

TAMPA/CLEARWATER USED CAR DEALER, ABDALLA DEIAB, LINKED TO TERROR GROUP. “Upon running the used car dealer, Abdalla, for wants and drivers license information from Police Dept communications center, it was revealed that Abdalla Deiab was a know(n) affiliate of a terrorist organization and should be approached with caution,”.

Abdalla Deiab was buying used cars, vans, buses and ambulances at Auto Auctions all over the State of Florida, he used at least 4 Social Security Numbers with the last four numbers almost in sequence.

From the St. Pete Times story;

The two men who walked into Scott Weaver’s office trying to buy surplus vehicles wore T-shirts and jeans and were very polite. One was 45 to 50, balding, spoke with a slight accent and introduced himself as a car dealer. He said his name was Abdalla, Weaver said. His companion seemed to be in his late 30s, had glasses, a full head of dark hair and said little or nothing.

The two men appeared to be Middle Eastern.

“They said they were interested in vehicles,” said Weaver, St. Petersburg College’s supervisor of institutional services. They didn’t say why.

While Abdalla Deiab didn’t buy the college’s surplus ambulance or three other vehicles, public records suggest he may have acquired a similar vehicle elsewhere.

A 1997 Navistar 4700 – commonly used as an ambulance or utility truck – was registered in April to Deiab’s former address on Shelley Street in Clearwater, according to state records. It is the same address he wrote on the bids he submitted to SPC for a used ambulance, two former police training cruisers and a large truck.

The Navistar was registered under Mintulla Inc., a defunct corporation. Deiab was not an officer in the company, but he did apply for a fictitious business name similar to Mintulla Inc. It was Mintulla International.

Deiab bid on SPC’s ambulance and other vehicles in a surplus equipment auction on Aug. 6. It was earlier that week that Weaver recalls the pair of Middle Eastern men coming to his office.

That same week, four men described by college officials as Middle Eastern went to the college’s warehouse in Tarpon Springs and took photos of surplus vehicles for sale, Weaver said. It was unclear whether Deiab was one of the four men.

SPC auction buyers aroused suspicion St. Petersburg Times

Now look at the AP school bus story, below, and make note of the fact that these people are “buying the buses”.

FBI: Extremists Driving School Buses in the USA

WASHINGTON (AP) – Suspected members of extremist groups (al-Muhajiroun, islamic jihad, hamas, etc.) have signed up as school bus drivers in the United States, counterterror officials said Friday, in a cautionary bulletin to police. An FBI spokesman said, “Parents and children have nothing to fear.” (let the FBI ride the bus’s)

Asked about the alert notice, the FBI’s Rich Kolko said, “There are no threats, no plots and no history leading us to believe there is any reason for concern,” although law enforcement agencies around the country were asked to watch out for kids’ safety.
The bulletin, parts of which were read to The Associated Press, did not say how often foreign extremists have sought to acquire licenses to drive school buses, or where. It was sent Friday as part of what officials said was a routine FBI and Homeland Security Department advisory to local law enforcement.

It noted “recent suspicious activity” by foreigners who either drive school buses or are licensed to drive them, according to a counterterror official.

Foreigners under recent investigation include “some with ties to extremist groups” who have been able to “purchase buses and acquire licenses,” the bulletin says. (In Iraq, al-Qaeda is now using dump trucks filled with explosives and chlorine).

But Homeland Security and the FBI “have no information indicating these individuals are involved in a terrorist plot against the homeland,” it says. The memo also notes: “Most attempts by foreign nationals in the United States to acquire school bus licenses to drive them are legitimate.”

Kolko said the bulletin was sent merely as an educational tool to help local police identify and respond to any suspicious activity.

One counterterror official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, said the government felt it was likely that the foreigners investigated were merely employed as bus drivers, and did not intend to use them as part of any terror plot.

A second official said the government felt it prudent that the backgrounds of all those who come in contact with school children be checked.

Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke said the government has no credible information to suggest terrorists are “involved in buying school buses or seeking licenses to drive them.” He said there was no indication of any immediate threat to the country.

Associated Press reporters Katherine Shrader and Beverley Lumpkin contributed to this report.

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Two Saudi men board school bus in Tampa, are arrested: a case of the wrong bus, or something more serious?

UPDATE: Greetings, Kos readers! I have a message for you here.

I think it’s plausible that someone who doesn’t know America very well might mistake a school bus for a public bus. But why was one of them wearing a trench coat, in May, in Tampa, Florida? Why did they keep changing their story about why they wanted to go to the school? And why did they originally say they were from Morocco instead of admitting they were Saudis? And why has their bail been revoked (which detail comes from the Rottweiler, not the Trib story) if this were just a case of boarding the wrong bus?

“Saudi Men Who Rode School Bus Arrested,” from the Tampa Tribune, with thanks to The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler, who suspects this was a test run for Beslan-in-America:

TAMPA – Two Saudi men were arrested Friday after they boarded a school bus and rode to Wharton High School in New Tampa.

Students on the bus became alarmed, as did the bus driver, who called ahead. Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputies met the bus at the school and detained the men. No one was injured and nothing out of line occurred on the bus, deputies said.

Mana Saleh Almanajam, 23, who lives in Apt. 302 in The Point apartments, and Shaker Mohsen Alsidran, 20 Monticello Gardens, Apt. 304-A, each were charged with trespassing on school property. Both remained in Orient Road Jail on Friday evening. Bail for each was set at $250.

“Both defendants gave several versions of the reason they took a school bus to a high school,” said Hillsborough County sheriff’s spokesman J.D. Callaway.

“They said they wanted to go to Wharton to look around, and then they said they wanted to go there to have some fun, and then they said they wanted to enroll in the English classes there,” Callaway said.

“We’re not sure if this was a situation of them just being new to this country, or if they were confused or what it was,” Callaway said. “We were unsure as to exactly what the final reason was, but it did cause great concern for the students on the bus and for us. One of the guys was wearing shorts with a black trench coat.”

While on the bus, the men laughed and spoke in Arabic, Callaway said.

Ahmed Bedier, Tampa director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said the men likely meant no harm and that because “they were from Saudi Arabia, that escalated the situation.”

He blamed the incident on cultural differences.

“They didn’t differentiate between a school bus and public transportation,” he said.

The bus picked up the students and the men at about 7 a.m. Friday at the corner of Fletcher Avenue and 42nd Street, deputies said.

The bus driver, a substitute, reached her supervisors by telephone. They relayed the information to Wharton High resource Deputy Mike Eastman, who met the bus when it arrived at school at about 7:30 a.m., and detained the men.

The sheriff’s Homeland Security Division, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Regional Domestic Security Task Force, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the FBI all were notified.

Almanajam and Alsidran at first told deputies they were from Morocco, but later admitted being from Saudi Arabia, deputies said. They said they were enrolled at the English Language Institute at the University of South Florida.

Both arrived in the United States about six months ago and have student visas that require them to be enrolled at the English Language Institute, Callaway said.

Authorities searched the apartments of the two men and found nothing of concern, he said.

Do they know what to look for?

Gov’t: Terrorists Could Target School Food

As if this weren’t enough, remember back in 2005 when the government warned that they were looking at the possibility of terrorists targeting food destined for school cafeterias.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The government has been looking at the possibility of terrorists targeting food destined for school cafeterias, a federal food safety official said Monday.

“The school lunch program is particularly vulnerable,” said Carol Maczka, an administrator within the Agriculture Department’s Food Safety Inspection Service.

Maczka, speaking to the annual conference of the Association of Food and Drug Officials offered no evidence of specific threats to school lunches.

She said her office has studied the vulnerability of three products: milk, spaghetti sauce and egg substitutes. Currently, officials are looking at how a popular lunchroom staple, chicken nuggets, may be susceptible to tampering.

Federal officials have distributed a food safety checklist to school lunch providers, who must show evidence of a food safety plan, Maczka said.

She said vulnerabilities noted in the supply chain were classified, but that changes had been made to improve safety.

The Association of Food and Drug Officials conference, in its 109th year, focuses primarily on food safety and security. Aside from bioterrorism, speakers touched on other threats, from risks from imported foods to nuclear attacks and animal diseases such as avian flu.

2000 Missing School Bus Radios

In a Superintendent’s Bulletin dated March 23, 2005, district superintendents were informed of a series of school bus two-way radio thefts that were currently being perpetrated throughout California. More than 2,000 school bus digital two-way radios have been stolen.

And then there is this

17 School Buses Missing In Houston

The Houston Police Department’s Criminal Intelligence Division, the FBI and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office are all concerned about a large number of school buses that have been stolen in the Houston area over the last several months.

Seventeen large, yellow school buses were stolen recently from various charter schools, business schools and private bus companies. Not one has disappeared from HISD.

Most, if not all, were taken from locations on Houston’s north side. One off west Tidwell, another from the Lopez bus company off Melrose and Berry streets.

Timothy Williams is the superintendent at the High School for Business.

“We were going to park them over there inside the gate. Until we could get a gate around the facility, but we really didn’t think that was going to be a problem,” said the charter school’s superintendent.

While it is important to point out that there is no known threat, HPD’s Criminal Intelligence Division mentioned in a recent e-mail that these school bus thefts are a homeland security concern.

One detective said the buses may have been stolen and taken across the border to Mexico and that terrorism is unlikely.

Nevertheless, since the Sept. 11 attacks the thought of terrorists targeting children has certainly been discussed by the Department of Homeland Security. And that is why finding out what happened to these buses is very important.

Published reports in 2004 said that the U.S. military found information in Iraq pertaining to U.S. schools.

Reportedly, there have been hundreds of thefts of school bus radios in the United States.

With all that being said, 11 News was reminded Monday by law enforcement officials that school buses remain one of the safest ways to get to and from school. In fact, nationwide, school buses transport nearly 24 million kids to school daily.

Bus drivers all around the country are being trained regularly to look out for suspicious people and activities.

And then there is this

How It All Ties Together

Last week Glenn Beck ran a series called “The Perfect Day”

According to terrorists, The Perfect Day is the day that Americans are killed on an unprecedented scale. It’s the day that no one, not even our children sitting in their classrooms at school, are safe. It’s the day that seemingly isolated incidents all converge into the greatest threat this country has ever experienced or imagined. It’s the day that the Islamist jihad against the West begins in earnest. It’s “The Perfect Day” – but it’s only perfect if you’re a terrorist.

“Jihad Boom” Postcards With Threatening Cartoon Sent To Nine Schools

Investigators in Marion County, Fla., are searching for the author of nine postcards sent to different schools on the same day, with the words ‘Jihad-Boom” and cartoons drawn by hand, of a building being blown up with people inside.


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  1. Islam in all forms is the enemy along with Political Correctness.

    Comment by jason | September 19, 2007 | Reply

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    Your fear mongering is ignorant. This is nothing but an opinionated character assassination of the brown-skinned people. It’s people like you and that attitude that is destroying this Constitutional Republic.

    Comment by dianarn | September 19, 2007 | Reply

  3. Dont let her get to you jason, nobody takes her seriously anyway.

    P.S. what happened to you Dian on the “Perfect day” posting I was looking forward to reading what you had to say after I weighed in. I will check it later.

    God bless and take care, or Allah whichever you prefer. 😉

    Comment by Derrick | September 20, 2007 | Reply

  4. Don’t mind him, Jason, he’s still as dumb as a box of rocks, lol.

    Derrick, you have to understand something. Calling you “dumb as a box of rocks” is not the same as calling you a “character degrading description.” There is a definite difference between ignorance and stupidity.

    Ignorance is when you lack the knowledge or you have yet to have been shown a way to see something, that you have the inability to conceive at that moment.

    Stupidity is when you do have the knowledge of truthful facts and you choose to ignore them. What makes a person “dumb as a box of rocks” is a descriptive way of looking at behavioral mindsets. When a person is being stupid and they willfully bring others down to their level, that degradation of others is also a further degradation of oneself.

    So when you go around seeking the support, approval, and/or verification from others, when the lot of you get together, to put it in a metaphorical way, you are dumb as a box of rocks, and at any time you can choose to be any other way, because in the end the truth needs no defense. It only needs one to listen to it.

    Comment by dianarn | September 21, 2007 | Reply

  5. WOW… Everything you just wrote sounds almost exactly the way I would describe your comments, Ignoring the facts, Seeking support and approval of your ridiculus aqcusations. trying to convince people terrorism is not a threat its our government that is out to get us? Now your saying that me considering you may be muslim is a “Character Degrading Discription” after making the comment that this post is “Nothing but an oppinionated character assassination of the brown skinned people” come on make up your mind. I rest my case for now, that is accept for the fact you called me “Dumb as a box of rocks” I havnt heard anything like that since the 5th grade. So I got one for you, You are as bout as dumb as brick with a turd tied to it. LOL… 😉

    Comment by Derrick | September 21, 2007 | Reply

  6. Well since you seem to remember all those and you refuse to check out the facts then I guess you are at a 5th grade mentality.

    Explain to me what happened to WTC 7.

    Comment by dianarn | September 21, 2007 | Reply

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