Some time after 9/11, several pieces of an elaborate puzzle came together for the first time and created a stunning picture of the complex planning that went into the attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Unfortunately, those pieces came together much too late.
Over the past couple of years, National Terror Alert has featured several seemingly unrelated news events and stories, all with a common thread… A potential terrorist threat to our nations children and schools.
With each news story it appears that the planning of a new attack, one with potentially horrific consequences, could be in the works. We’ll let you decide for yourself.
Could all of these stories amount to nothing more than incredible coincidence? Certainly, but there are several elements of 9/11 that prior to the attack would have also been attributed to the same and we are all too familiar with the end result.
Later this week we will feature a follow-up post that will show you what steps you can take to keep yourself, your family and your school safe.
One word of caution… Don’t allow yourself to dismiss certain stories because of their age (3-4 years). al Qaeda is known for having operational planning windows varying up to 5 or 6 years. They are patient and methodical in their planning. Several reports related to Beslan indicate that terrorists may have actually been involved in the construction of the school, years earlier.
The Beslan Massacre
On September 1, 2004, Beslan’s Secondary School Number One was taken over by Islamist Chechen terrorists. 1200 adults and children were taken hostage on what was supposed to be an exciting first day of school. When the siege ended 3 days later, 344 were dead, including 186 children. Hundreds more were wounded.
Details and video from Beslan
Think it won’t happen here…
We cannot and should not underestimate the threat, or worse yet, falsely believe the danger doesn’t exist. In intelligence circles, many fear that the Beslan massacre may only have been a dress rehearsal for what al-Qaeda plans to do in America but on a much larger scale, launching multiple school attacks simultaneously across the country.
Several of you have emailed to say that you don’t believe terrorists would consider targeting our children and/or schools. Response: The facts simply don’t support that position.
Cleric Supports Taking Children Hostage
In 2004, one extremist Islamic cleric based in Britain said that he would support hostage-taking at British schools if carried out by terrorists with a just cause. Omar Bakri Mohammed, the spiritual leader of the extremist sect al-Muhajiroun, said that holding women and children hostage would be a reasonable course of action for a Muslim who has suffered under British rule.
Permission To Take The Lives of 2 Million American Children
Al-Qaeda spokesman Suleiman Abu Gheith, originally from Kuwait, posted a three-part article titled “In the Shadow of the Lances” on the website of the Center for Islamic Research and Studies, in 2004. He said, “We have not reached parity with them. We have the right to kill 4 million Americans – 2 million of them children – and to exile twice as many and wound and cripple hundreds of thousands”.
This story was covered in several newspapers across the country, including The Boston Globe.
And it’s more than just words.
al Qaeda Video Shows Mock Siege of An American School
In 2001 videos were seized in Afghanistan, depicting a mock al-Qaeda siege of schools. The New York Post said at the time, that the al-Qaida tapes include the rehearsed shooting of schoolchildren and the taking of hostages.
The location was an abandoned school in Mir Bach Kot, Afghanistan, north of Kabul, a hotbed of al-Qaeda activity before the U.S. and allied forces ousted the Taliban.
This video clip was reportedly part of eight hours of footage obtained from a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan. The source that provided it to explained that it shows terrorists training for a school takeover operation.
It was featured as part of Glenn Beck’s “The Perfect Day”
Iraqi Insurgent In Possession of Computer Disk With Detailed Information On The Emergency Plans For 6 U.S. Schools
Jump ahead to October 2004. Schools in six states were notified that information had been uncovered by the U.S. military in Baghdad that a man described as an Iraqi insurgent involved in anti-coalition activities had been captured and was in possession of computer discs with downloaded school floor plans and safety and security information about elementary and high schools in the six states, according to officials.
School officials in Fort Myers, Fla.; Salem, Ore.; Gray, Ga.; Birch Run, Mich.; two towns in New Jersey; and two towns in California have been told to increase security in light of the discovery.
We covered the story here. National Terror Alert
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FBI Issues Warning To Schools
The information found on the insurgent was considered serious enough for the FBI to issue this warning.
The warning asked schools and administrators to be on the lookout for the following:
– Interest in obtaining site plans for schools, bus routes and attendance lists.
– Prolonged “static surveillance” by people disguised as panhandlers, shoe shiners, newspaper or flower vendors or street sweepers not previously seen in the area.
– Observations of security drills.
– People staring at or quickly looking away from employees or vehicles as they enter or leave parking areas.
– Foot surveillance of campuses involving individuals working together.
School Bus Terrorism
To understand the very real threat of a school bus terror attack, please read our 2 previous posts.
The threat to school buses however is not new, the first warning of a possible terror attack on a school bus came in October of 2004, shortly after the discovery of the discs in Iraq.
We covered the story here:
Department of Public Safety authorities have put school bus drivers from around the state on a heightened state of alert regarding the possibility of terrorist activity, including those in Payson, Pine and Tonto Basin.
So how difficult would it be for a terrorist to get their hands on a school bus?
We found this one for sale yesterday on a popular online auction site. Looking at the number of completed auctions, it’s fairly easy to purchase one and there’s a number of them available at any given time.
Extremists Sign Up to Become School Bus Drivers
Fast forward to March of this year and reports of extremists attempting obtain jobs as school bus drivers and to also purchase school buses.
In a bulletin issued by the FBI and read to the Associated Press, the public was informed that members of extremist groups were signing up to become bus drivers.
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 noted “recent suspicious activity” by foreigners who either drive school buses or are licensed to drive them, according to a counter-terror official.
Foreigners under recent investigation include “some with ties to extremist groups” who have been able to “purchase buses and acquire licenses,” the bulletin says.
Atlas Shrugs added more details to the story.
There is a very important fact that is not getting the attention it needs in the Extremists Driving School Buses in the USA story, the general impression all the news commentators have is that the ‘extremists” are just getting school bus drivers licenses to work for a school, no they are buying the school buses for as little as $1,205.00 see repo bus sales in the last 48 hours at the bottom of this report.!
Read her article on Extremists Buying School Buses
School Bus Terrorism Dry Run?
In June of 2006, we caught our first glimpse of just how soft our public school buses are as targets. Two men from Saudi Arabia were arrested after they boarded a public school bus taking students to Wharton High School. Mana Saleh Almanajam, 23, and Shaker Mohsen Alsidran, 20, both of Tampa, were charged with trespassing on school grounds as unlawful riders on a school bus.
Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch asked several important questions.
I think it’s plausible that someone who doesn’t know America very well might mistake a school bus for a public bus. But why was one of them wearing a trench coat, in May, in Tampa, Florida? Why did they keep changing their story about why they wanted to go to the school? And why did they originally say they were from Morocco instead of admitting they were Saudis? And why has their bail been revoked if this were just a case of boarding the wrong bus?
Gov’t: Terrorists Could Target School Food
2000 Missing School Bus Radios
In a Superintendent’s Bulletin dated March 23, 2005, district superintendents were informed of a series of school bus two-way radio thefts that were currently being perpetrated throughout California. More than 2,000 school bus digital two-way radios have been stolen.
and then there is this…
17 School Buses Missing In Houston
The Houston Police Department’s Criminal Intelligence Division, the FBI and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office are all concerned about a large number of school buses that have been stolen in the Houston area over the last several months.
Seventeen large, yellow school buses were stolen recently from various charter schools, business schools and private bus companies.
How It All Ties Together
Last week Glenn Beck ran a series called “The Perfect Day”
According to terrorists, The Perfect Day is the day that Americans are killed on an unprecedented scale. It’s the day that no one, not even our children sitting in their classrooms at school, are safe. It’s the day that seemingly isolated incidents all converge into the greatest threat this country has ever experienced or imagined. It’s the day that the Islamist jihad against the West begins in earnest. It’s “The Perfect Day” – but it’s only perfect if you’re a terrorist.
If you missed this series you can still see it online and it’s a must.
Glenn Beck Perfect Day
And one final story that broke just this morning.
“Jihad Boom” Postcards With Threatening Cartoon Sent To Nine Schools
Investigators in Marion County, Fla., are searching for the author of nine postcards sent to different schools on the same day, with the words ‘Jihad-Boom” and cartoons drawn by hand, of a building being blown up with people inside.
Part 2 – Later This Week
– What you steps you can take to keep yourself, your family and your school safe.
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