An American Beslan?
By INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY
Posted: March 22, 2007
Homeland Security: As Democrats hold more silly
hearings to embarrass Republicans, the FBI is warning local police
to be alert for Muslim extremists hijacking school buses. Reality
wonder if any of the grandstanding politicians on Capitol Hill
are thinking in terms of one of these nuts driving a fertilizer-filled
yellow bus up to a government building — or, easier yet,
a school. Of course not. They're too busy swooning over Valerie
Plame to even notice we're still under threat from the Islamic
terrorists they say we shouldn't be spying on.
The FBI and Homeland Security Department last week sent out
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 drive school buses or are licensed to drive
Recent events come on top of several other school bus-related
incidents involving Mideast men that raise suspicion of terror
They include last year's surprise boarding of a school bus
in Florida 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 American children.
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
Authorities fear the school massacre that took place in Beslan,
Russia, in 2004 may be a dress rehearsal for what al-Qaida plans
to do here. Chechen terrorists tied to al-Qaida seized a building
in Beslan on the first day of school and slaughtered 338, including
Three years later, schools and local police in this country
are still unprepared to deal with such an assault. Most don't
have response plans for handling a single active shooter, let
alone a cell of trained terrorists.
Yet terror cells secreted inside America may be planning to
use buses as a Trojan horse to infiltrate school campuses and
murder students and teachers. Floor plans for schools in Virginia,
Texas and New Jersey have been recovered from terrorist hands
in Iraq. 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, 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.
It's a grim picture. But don't think for a moment that al-Qaida
is above targeting school children. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed said
in his Gitmo confession 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 Zawahiri,
and arrested and 'abused' his own children.
These people have nothing better to do than sit around and
think of ways to kill us and our most precious resource, our
children. They have many helpers placed inside U.S. cities who
canvass targets and perform other logistics for such attacks.
And these people will stop at nothing to pull them off. They're
just waiting for the right time, when our guard is down.
Are we witnessing with Muslim men trying to obtain bus licenses
what some alert (but ignored) agents witnessed before 9/11 when
they noticed a number of Muslim men training to obtain pilot's
licenses? Are schools and children the target of the next wave
of terror attacks?
Parents should be outraged that Washington would continue to
play politics with national security. Instead of using hearings
to score partisan points, Congress would best serve constituents
by using that power to investigate the terror threat to schools
and how best to protect our children from attack.
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