August 22, 2007, - 3:30 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Earlier this week, the FBI released photos of two men who appear to be Middle Eastern and were traveling Seattle ferries, behaving strangely, and asking very suspicious detailed questions about the ferries. It sounded like they were planning for some sort of terrorist attack. And the Bureau asked for tips on the two men. Some mainstream media outlets–The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, for instance–refused to cooperate and won’t post the photos. Yet, the release of the photos has led to lots of tips.
But, now, it appears that FBI suspicions were correct. This morning, a Seattle-area ferry was evacuated, after a suspicious package was found behind a toilet in the ferry’s bathroom stall for the disabled (where it would be less likely to have been found, since those stalls are used less than regular stalls):
A “suspicious package” was found at the height of the Wednesday morning commute on one of the largest ferries in the Washington state fleet, idling the vessel for about an hour.
The 460-foot Puyallup had just been emptied of cars and passengers after arriving at Colman Dock from Bainbridge Island about 8 a.m. when the package was found behind the toilet in the disabled passenger stall in the men’s restroom, said Marta Coursey, a spokeswoman for the ferry system. . . .
Patrol Sgt. Craig H. Johnson would not disclose any details on the object, describing it only as a “suspicious package,” but said investigators determined it did not pose any immediate threat and carried it off the vessel for further examination.
No arrests were made and no identified individuals were being sought, but “we’d like to find the person who left it there,” Johnson said.
But, hey, I’m sure the two men acting suspiciously and very likely Muslims from the Mid-East, had nothing to do with it. Right?
As the French would say, “Quelle Coincidence.” What a coincidence.
Too bad I don’t believe in coincidences. Do you?
Thanks to Reader Duane for the tip. He doesn’t believe in coincidences either.
Oh, and by the way, Muslims are angry with the release of the photos. They’re sure the men in the photos are Arab Muslims. Since they insist on it, I guess I’ll have to believe them. Now, why would they think that, when there’s no evidence from the photos that the men are Muslim? Well, maybe because most Muslims know that the only men planning terrorist attacks on American ferries are Muslims. Thanks, Muslim community, for confirming what you continue to deny, but that which everyone else (and you, too) knows for certain:
The release of the photo has angered many in the Muslim community.
“These men look like Arabs,” said Aziz Junejo. “What most people would personify as a so-called terrorist and the fear that our government is putting into people right now.”
The FBI insists that it’s not trying to scare anyone and that they just want to talk to the two men and move on, and Aziz and Bureau officials agree that federal agents have developed an excellent relationship with the Muslim community.
But, as far as we know, agents never took the photos directly to anyone in the Muslim community to ask for help.
Gee, I wonder why.
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