Thursday, November 8, 2007

What can and must be done

When are we going to perk up and pay attention? When our children die? Did noone pay attention to Beslan?

On August 25, 2006, three unidentified males described as Middle Eastern entered the offices of a school bus sales and service company in Bergen, NY. The men were attempting to purchase school buses and requested access to buses the company had in inventory. They left the building after the request was refused and they then observed the bus service lot from a parked maroon sedan type vehicle with unidentified Ontario license plates for approximately 10 minutes.
On July 27 and 28, 2006, an identified student transport contract company based in New Hampshire received two telephone calls from subjects in New Jersey who were attempting to purchase used school buses from the company. The callers, a male and female, identified themselves as representatives of a company that solicits import and export business that uses port facilities in the Sudan and the United Arab Emirates.
On May 19, 2006, two Saudi Arabian men boarded a bus full of students in Tampa, Florida speaking Arabic and remained on the bus for at least 30 minutes before officials removed them for questioning. They then gave conflicting reasons about why they had entered the bus... ("Two Saudi men - one wearing a black trench coat despite the Florida heat -- [terrified] a busload of Tampa schoolchildren by boarding a school bus and remaining for the entire ride to school, all the while laughing and speaking Arabic...")
Four men described as Middle Eastern tried to buy a surplus ambulance, two former police cruisers and an old truck from St. Petersburg College this summer, prompting college employees to alert authorities, SPC administrators said Thursday... In response, the FBI interviewed college employees, expressed an interest in the men and installed surveillance devices in the vehicles in advance of a scheduled pickup, ...But the buyers, who made at least two previous trips to the campus, never showed up for the third and final meeting... College officials could not provide a description of the men other than they were about 40 and appeared to be Middle Eastern.
Federal law enforcement authorities notified school districts in six states that a computer disc found in Iraq contained photos, floor plans and other information about their schools, two U.S. officials said Thursday... The officials said last month FBI agents in charge of those areas alerted local education and law enforcement officials about the finding.

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