Saturday, March 17, 2007

FBI Reassures

Nothing to see here, don't be alarmed, keep moving along.

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," although law enforcement agencies around the country were asked to watch out for kids' safety.

No history? Doesn't the word Beslan right a bell you ignoramus? And the FBI, of course, would know of any plot beforehand wouldn't they?

The bulletin, parts of which were read to The Associated Press, did not say how often foreign extremists have sought to acquire licenses to drive school buses, or where. It was sent Friday as part of what officials said was a routine FBI and Homeland Security Department advisory to local law enforcement.

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.

The memo also notes: "Most attempts by foreign nationals in the United States to acquire school bus licenses to drive them are legitimate."

One question- why the hell are foreign nationals with ties to extremist organisations still in the USA where they might actually be able to carry out terrorist attacks? If the FBI or Homeland Security or any other government agency knows who these people are- and they evidently do if they can tell that they're trying to get licences to drive school buses- why don't they do something about it now before something terrible happens? Is there any special reason why such people should be in the USA in the first place? For example, if you have a drug conviction you may be refused entry to the USA- so why not refuse entry to anyone with "extremist ties" or simply deport any such person. If they aren't American citizens there's no reason to allow them to stay surely? Surely if there's any risk to American citizens- the people the law of the land should be aimed at protecting- then there's no question that foreigners be removed.

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