March 16, 2007, - 3:21 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
You know the drill. Nothing is ever connected to terrorism, in the FBI’s public statements. And no-one is ever at risk.
That’s why it’s laughable to hear the same refrain, today, as FBI officials acknowledge that the FBI and Department of Homeland Security sent out a bulletin to law enforcement all over the country, warning that Islamic terrorists are signing up to be school bus drivers. AP reports:
Members of extremist groups 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.”
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.” . . .
It noted “recent suspicious activity” by foreigners who either drive school buses or are licensed to drive them, according to a counterterror official who read parts of the document to The Associated Press.
Foreigners under recent investigation include “some with ties to extremist groups” who have been able to “purchase buses and acquire licenses,” the bulletin says.
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.”
Sure, they are. Last year, I detailed, extensively, the story of Mana Saleh Almanajam and Shaker Mohsen Alsidran–the two Saudi students who did a dry run on a Tampa, Florida school bus. They got away with it, because they weren’t a threat either. Right?
“Move along. Nothing to see here.”
Thanks to reader Sonia for the tip.
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