June 28, 2007, - 3:51 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force recently alerted dive shops to report divers making “odd inquiries that are inconsistent with recreational diving,” such as using underwater vehicles or diving in murky water or sewer pipes.
That begs the question: What terror plot did the FBI uncover in which terrorists are trying to get here underwater in areas where they will be undetected?
The FBI’s most famous deny-deny-deny man, Richard Kolko (“no terrorist threat, really, believe me, there isn’t any”) claimed it was a routine advisory and not prompted by any specific threat. Uh-huh.
That’s why on May 23, 2002, the FBI also warned that terrorists might use scuba divers to conduct an attack and asked dive shops about suspicious activity. Apparently, something’s happened recently, in the five years since, to put this back on the FBI’s radar.
Palestinian terrorists have engaged in scuba diving to sneak onto Israeli shores and have then conducted successful terrorist attacks. America is no less vulnerable, with much more shoreline unmanned and unmonitored.
Yet another bad FBI way of conducting business, though: With the FBI to announce this so prominently, it’s a sure bet that terrorist divers will adjust their inquiries and purchases at dive shops, in order to remain under the radar.
Thanks, FBI, for driving them underground, yet again.
Tags: America, Federal Bureau of Investigation