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Terror alert issued for school bus drivers
The Payson Roundup ^ | Friday Oct. 15 | Max Foster

Posted on 10/16/2004 12:38:29 PM PDT by winodog

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.

State authorities have asked all school bus drivers to be alert for any possible terrorist activity in the next six weeks.

A Sept. 28 information bulletin from DPS Student Transportation Supervisor Vicki Barnett to PUSD Director of Support Operations Joe Martin, directed bus drivers to "pay particular attention to any unusual activity around school buses; to unusual vehicles; to vehicles repeatedly seen in the vicinity; and, to any vehicles or individuals in unauthorized locations."

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TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; US: Arizona; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: arizona; education; napalminthemorning; schools; targets; terror; wot
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I searched for this and did not get a hit but I am suprised it has not made more noise.
1 posted on 10/16/2004 12:38:29 PM PDT by winodog
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winodog, could you tell us please which state this is.


2 posted on 10/16/2004 12:42:09 PM PDT by kitkat
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"He did say, however, that FBI and Homeland Security officers have served search warrants around the country on suspected terrorists and found school bus route schedules and information on public school systems."


That's unsettling. This needs to get out.


3 posted on 10/16/2004 12:42:37 PM PDT by conservativepoet
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To: kitkat

Arizona. Its in the keywords and the link gives you the complete article.


4 posted on 10/16/2004 12:43:41 PM PDT by winodog (We need to water the liberty tree)
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To: kitkat

i think the article said Arizona. this article is well worth reading. if the information near the end is correct, it is very ominous.
does anyone know if the part about homeland security agents finding school bus routes in the possession of terror suspects in the US is true or not?
(and i am not referring the info found in iraq.)


5 posted on 10/16/2004 12:47:13 PM PDT by drhogan
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To: winodog

Someone crippled a lot of school buses in Charlotte NC a few weeks ago, presumeably a school prank. It was right after the Beslan massacre, but I never heard anyone discussing how vulnerable the buses would be to bombs if a kid can get in and disable a large number of these things.


6 posted on 10/16/2004 12:47:34 PM PDT by gitmo (Thanks, Mel. I needed that.)
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To: winodog

About a month ago, I was in a local shopping center in Ohio where our school district parks their buses during the daytime hours until PM pickup. There were about twenty-five buses. I got to thinking about that and thought it very reckless and irresponsible so I called the school district and complained. The receptionist on the phone said she would relay it to the superintendent. This past week I checked it out again and sure enough, the buses were sitting there with the bus doors still open and unattended.


7 posted on 10/16/2004 12:48:53 PM PDT by Toespi
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State authorities have asked all school bus drivers to be alert for any possible terrorist activity in the next six weeks.

It's just a matter of time...

8 posted on 10/16/2004 12:49:20 PM PDT by 2Jedismom (All I want is a pair of red Chuck Taylors, a classic air-cooled Beetle and a poodle. ASG)
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Won't make much noise in the media because it would remind people that we are at war with terrorists. Because Bush is aggressive against terrorism, it would push people towards supporting Bush. That would be counter to the media's agenda-President Kerry.


9 posted on 10/16/2004 12:53:26 PM PDT by hansel
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More than a year ago I contacted the DHS and warned them about this very possibility. I believe that there is a very real possibility that terrorists could target school buses in various cities and towns around the nation.

This would not only cause harm to a large number of children, it would also deal a serious blow to our economy by keeping working parents of school age children at home because of the fear of more strikes.


10 posted on 10/16/2004 1:00:25 PM PDT by jpw01 (Freep the world!)
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To: 2Jedismom

Sadly, you're so right, 2J.


11 posted on 10/16/2004 1:00:34 PM PDT by 7.62 x 51mm ( veni vidi vino visa "I came, I saw, I drank wine, I shopped")
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Not to take away anything from the seriousness of this, but, I don't know, I mean, how hard is it to figure out a school bus route?

A little before 8 am, they all start heading towards the school, right? And they probably follow about the same path back at 2, or 245.

I mean if the terrorists can't figure it out without a map, maybe we're ok on this one.


12 posted on 10/16/2004 1:02:58 PM PDT by B0wman
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To: winodog
Warning! Graphic Image

I regret posting this, I hate this picture.

But this is the reality of the world we live in now.

If it happens here there will be no "40 days of mourning" before justice is returned.



13 posted on 10/16/2004 1:04:58 PM PDT by No Blue States
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These monsters start going after our children and they will have called down the thunder -- it will be open season, no bag limit.


14 posted on 10/16/2004 1:05:47 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Time to let slip the dogs...)
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To: winodog

This alert should probably be going out to every state and school district in the union.


15 posted on 10/16/2004 1:08:28 PM PDT by mewzilla
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To: Toespi

Send your super a copy of this news report. I am sending one to mine.


16 posted on 10/16/2004 1:12:54 PM PDT by Samwise (It must be scary to be trapped in John Kerry's mind. No wonder he's nuts.)
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To: Toespi

This has been a concern of mine since 9-11. In my community I've noticed at heightened times of alert, if there is a bus convoy (maybe three to five busses), you will see a sheriff's escort. Have seen that a couple times.

Had a conversation with a bus driver recently. They say they're aware of security, but since most are ladies, ages 50-60, usually (in my area) I'm not sure there'd be any way to defend against a problem. Face it. Soft targets are the reason we have to take the war on terror to THEM.

Bush knows that. Kerry...well, it's all a nuisance for him.

Hopefully security moms will come through Nov. 2.


17 posted on 10/16/2004 1:13:32 PM PDT by campfollower (9 out of ten terrorists endorse John Kerry for Prez.)
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To: B0wman
I mean if the terrorists can't figure it out without a map, maybe we're ok on this one.

Actually, the maps make me more concerned. Simultaneous attacks? How close to what buildings? It's hard to look into the mind of evil.

18 posted on 10/16/2004 1:15:25 PM PDT by Samwise (It must be scary to be trapped in John Kerry's mind. No wonder he's nuts.)
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To: winodog
Oct. 13 Report: Chechens entered U.S. via Mexico

A report that 25 Chechen rebels linked to Islamic terrorists entered the United States illegally via Mexico is under investigation, the Washington Times said.

Security officials told the newspaper an intelligence report had been forwarded to the government saying the group, said to be wearing backpacks, secretly traveled to northern Mexico and crossed into a mountainous part of Arizona that is difficult for U.S. border security agents to monitor.

19 posted on 10/16/2004 1:19:57 PM PDT by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve to keep us free.)
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To: Samwise

Simultaneous attacks, with explosive laden busses driven into the school yards. How hard is it to buy a used school bus? Or even to steal one? We can't provide police escorts for every bus in each school district, can we?


20 posted on 10/16/2004 1:22:02 PM PDT by jpw01 (Freep the world!)
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