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Terrorists – coming to a school near you
Police ill-equipped to defend against an
Posted: April 4, 2007
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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