ISOLATED INCIDENTS — AMBULANCE / POLICE CRUISER THEFTS, BUYS, ETC :
MAY 2002 : (PAKI EMAILER SEEKS INFO ON BUYING AN AMBULANCE FROM NJ COMPANY) An anonymous Pakistani e-mailer asked a New Jersey ambulance corps how to buy an ambulance and run a rescue squad just a month before two Middle Eastern-looking men tried to buy a replica ambulance from a movie-prop shop, The Post has learned.(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...-——— E-MAIL SETS OFF SIRENS, New York Post ^ | JUNE/21/02 | MURRAY WEISS and MARIA ALVAREZ
JUNE 2002 EARLY : (NEWARK, N.J. : SUSPICIOUS ATTEMPT TO BUY FAKE AMBULANCE FROM MOVIE PROP SUPPLIER) — An attempt by two Middle Eastern men to buy a fake ambulance spurred authorities to issue warnings that terrorists may seek to use bogus emergency vehicles as weapons, authorities said. About two weeks ago, two men walked into Movie Time Cars Inc., a Lyndhurst company that rents replicas of ambulances and police cars to TV and film producers. The men offered to pay cash to buy a replica ambulance, said Joe Sargo, the company’s owner. Sargo, suspicious, told the men he does not sell vehicles to anyone. The men quickly left, but an employee jotted down the license plate number of the car and called police, Sargo said. That triggered a series of alerts to police and rescue agencies in northern New Jersey and New York that terrorists might seek to use emergency vehicles or look-alikes to carry out attacks, said Sandra Carroll, a spokeswoman for the Newark FBI office. She said the FBI knows who the two men are and are seeking them for questioning, but has not connected them to any terrorist organizations. She would not identify the men but said they were confirmed to be Middle Eastern.
Carroll said the information from Lyndhurst police about the incident “was combined with some intelligence that ambulances or police cars may be a target.” Alerts were sent to Bergen County and New York City police and rescue agencies to be on the lookout for anyone trying to obtain an emergency vehicle or look-alike. Movie Time does not have actual ambulances or police cars, but the replicas are authentic enough that they can pass for the real thing, Sargo said. “For all intents and purposes, what they wanted looked like an ambulance,” he said.
——— “Attempt to Buy Ambulance Spurs Fear,” (AP) ^ Thursday, June 20, 2002
JULY 22, 2003 : (BULLETIN WARNS OF TERRORIST USE OF ID & OFFICIAL OR EMERGENCY VEHICLES) NIPC.gov - NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE POLICY CENTER (U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY) - Information Bulletin: “POTENTIAL TERRORIST USE OF OFFICIAL IDENTIFICATION, UNIFORMS, OR VEHICLES” (July 22, 2003) (Read More...)
[http://www.nipc.gov/warnings/infobulletins/2003/Potential Terrorist Use.htm]
JULY 2003 : (BULLETIN WARNS OF TERRORIST USE OF ID & OFFICIAL OR EMERGENCY VEHICLES ) Hundreds of badges, uniforms, identification cards and decals have been stolen from police agencies in five states, prompting the Department of Homeland Security to warn law enforcement authorities to guard against the theft of equipment that may be used by terrorists.(Excerpt) Read more at dynamic.washtimes.com ...————Bulletin warns authorities of uniform, ID thefts
Washington Times ^ | Friday, July 25, 2003 | By Jerry Seper
Posted on 07/24/2003 10:41:40 PM PDT by JohnHuang2
AUGUST 2004 : (FL : MAN, ABDALLA DEIAB, TRIES TO BUY OLD AMBULANCE & TWO POLICE CRUISERS IS AN AFFILIATE OF A TERRORIST ORG——See AMBULANCES, POLICE CARS, DETROIT CELL, TAMPA CELL) -———(Excerpt) Read more at sptimes.com ...”SPC suspect jailed in Michigan,”By NORA KOCH, Times Staff Writer Published October 28, 2004 St. Petersburg Times
SEPTEMBER 30, 2004 : (FL : LARGO POLICE OFFICER WRITES REPORT ON ABDALLA DEIAB, LEARNS DEIAB IS AFFILIATED WITH A TERRORIST ORG——See AMBULANCES, POLICE CARS, DETROIT CELL, TAMPA CELL) In a Sept. 30 police report, Largo police Officer Michael Bruno wrote that when he checked law enforcement databases on Deiab, he learned Deiab was affiliated with a terrorist organization and “should be approached with caution.” Bruno gave no other information about Deiab’s alleged terrorist affiliation. Largo police gave the information on Deiab and the missing rental car to the FBI, according to police records.-———(Excerpt) Read more at sptimes.com ...”SPC suspect jailed in Michigan,”By NORA KOCH, Times Staff Writer Published October 28, 2004 St. Petersburg Times
OCTOBER 14, 2004 : (PINELLAS CO FL ISSUES ARREST WARRANT FOR ABDALLA DEIAB——See AMBULANCES, POLICE CARS, DETROIT CELL, TAMPA CELL) a warrant charging him with failing to return a hired vehicle, a Largo rental car, Pinellas County sheriff’s and Largo police officials said.... Pinellas County warrant issued Oct. 14. Failing to return a hired vehicle is a third-degree felony. -———(Excerpt) Read more at sptimes.com ...”SPC suspect jailed in Michigan,”By NORA KOCH, Times Staff Writer Published October 28, 2004 St. Petersburg Times
OCTOBER 28?, 2004 WED : (HAMTRAMCK, NEAR DETROIT, MI : ABDALLA DEIAB IS ARRESTED —see AUGUST 2004 EFFORT TO BUY AMBULANCE, POLICE CRUISERS IN ST PETERSBERG FL——See AMBULANCES, POLICE CARS, DETROIT CELL, TAMPA CELL) The man, who tried to buy St. Petersburg College vehicles, has terrorist ties, police say. A former Clearwater man who tried to buy an old ambulance and two surplus police cruisers from St. Petersburg College in August is an “affiliate of a terrorist organization,” according to police documents obtained Wednesday.
Abdalla Deiab, 51, was arrested in Michigan on Wednesday on a warrant charging him with failing to return a hired vehicle, a Largo rental car, Pinellas County sheriff’s and Largo police officials said. ... Pinellas County sheriff’s officials say they were told that Deiab had been arrested Wednesday in Hamtramck, a town near Detroit, on the Pinellas County warrant issued Oct. 14. Failing to return a hired vehicle is a third-degree felony. Chief Assistant State Attorney Bruce Bartlett said Michigan authorities contacted him about Deiab’s arrest and asked if Pinellas County officials would extradite Deiab. Bartlett told them they would. -———(Excerpt) Read more at sptimes.com ...”SPC suspect jailed in Michigan,”By NORA KOCH, Times Staff Writer Published October 28, 2004 St. Petersburg Times
JUNE 29, 2008 : (UK : TERRORISTS LINKED TO AQ MAY BE PLANNING TO BUY OLD AMBULANCES & POLICE CARS TO MOUNT SUICIDE ATTACKS) Terrorists linked to Al-Qaeda may be planning to buy former NHS ambulances and police cars to mount suicide bomb attacks in Britain, MI5 has warned. They may import a tactic already used in Iraq and Israel, according to a report by MI5s Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre to chief constables. In a statement to The Sunday Times, the Association of Chief Police Officers also warned of the risk of such an attack. It said ministers must legislate to stop the sale of such vehicles. Its move has been backed by Lord Carlile of Berriew, the governments terrorism watchdog. He said he... -——— “MI5 Warns Of Suicide Bombers Using Ambulances,”David Leppard, timesonline.co.uk ^ | sun June 29, 2008, posted Saturday, June 28, 2008 10:02:45 PM · by Free ThinkerNY
SEPTEMBER 1-4, 2008 : (MN : RNC CONVENTION PROTESTERS HAD AMBULANCE LOADED WITH WEAPONS, CRAP...) Numerous Minneapolis-Saint Paul area EMS agencies, headed by the U.S. Secret Service, undertook special preparations to handle EMS operations during the Republican National Convention held Sept 1-4, 2008. Following is an inside account of the experience along with some lessons to take away for future events.
Fake Ambulance Spotted
On Tuesday, the second day of the RNC, a Twin Cities Paramedic spotted an “ambulance” with unusual generic markings in the city of St. Paul. The medic had attended RNC briefings on the need for heightened awareness, and as an Iraq War Veteran, he was well-educated and possessed a keen eye for things that are out of place. The medic reported the location of the vehicle he had seen to a supervisor, who then forwarded this information on to the USSS MACC. St. Paul Police were dispatched to investigate.
Police found the vehicle unlocked, and inside found a large cache of weapons, bags of urine and feces, and related items to cause criminal damage to property. St. Paul Police turned the “fake ambulance” over to USSS. This find was invaluable to authorities and went a long way toward keeping people safe. And furthermore an intelligence report detailing the incident was shared between all the three letter federal agencies including the CIA, FBI, NSA, and the Department of Justice. The paramedic did exactly what his RNC training said he was supposed to do, and we couldn’t be more proud of him for spotting the “fake ambulance,” according to a USSS representative.————Fake Ambulance Spotted at RNC
EMS Responder ^ | 31 OCT 2008 | DAVE LONG
Posted on Thursday, November 13, 2008 6:46:15 PM by BCW
Whats next, fake Hummer H2’s with CSI on them?
A fake fire truck loaded with napalm and thermite?
A concrete mixer full of chain, rebar, ball bearings and of course 40,000 lbs of ammonium phosphate and diesel fuel?
Sewage pump out trucks full of ammonia and bleach?
Thank you piasa for the additional info.
Now THAT’S an OUTSTANDING TIME LINE -
I have stopped watching all MSM broadcast - they give out nothing...
This time line says it all. Intel analysts in Iraq do this all the time — it’s not hard - one just has to mark the first incident and keep building as info comes in...
but this good - I’m e-mailing this out -
THANKS FOR POSTING IT!!!