Skip to comments.Bexar County Courthouse (San Antonio) burglary investigated as possibly terror related
Posted on 10/19/2011 4:56:49 AM PDT by Racehorse
The following is summarized from San Antonio television news reports.
At two o'clock this morning at least three men entered the Bexar County Courthouse in downtown San Antonio, Tx. They were apprehended by San Antonio police as they left the building.
Three suspects were arrested. Two others are being questioned by police and FBI agents.
Terror related concerns were raised when cameras, unspecified documents, and a travel itinerary were found in the Winnebago in which the men were traveling.
KENS-TV reported the itinerary was extensive and included visits to a number of "sensitive" areas. The station reported the men are possibly foreign nationals, possibly Morroccan.
San Antonio military facilities increased their security alert posture. The National Security Agency has a large facility in San Antonio.
No information available on how or why the men entered the Courthouse. No web media reports available as yet.
Now this is interesting.
Bookmarking for follow-up when some reports or links surface. Thanks for the heads up. Seems alot of strange things are going on in the domestic terror fronts of late.
They are looking for bombs?:
Video at link:
Ping to my recent post #5. News video at link
Another link that may work. Loading a bit slow, but working.
Two men were already in the FBI database. ??? When asked when they entered the country..they said 9-11. They have been having a ‘Spy’ convention in SA this week. HMMMM....
Another link..sounds like they had some help from the inside to me:
“Police said two men allegedly climbed a fire escape to the downtown courthouse and entered an unlocked door on the fourth floor around 2 a.m. The men told police they were visiting from out of town, trying to get a tour of the city.”
An ‘unlocked door’ next to the fire escape? Perhaps they are just ACORN operatives looking to do some voter fraud at the ole courthouse...lol
FoxNews29 reports the courthouse has been cleared and will be open for business as usual.
All five men are now under arrest. Two of the five apprently entered the courthouse from the roof. They claimed they wanted to get a better scenic view of the city. (Like there’s a lot to see at 1:22 in the morning.)
Fox reports the men identified themselves as French Morroccan muslims. As penelopesire told us, two are on the FBI’s watch list.
Earlier, KENS-TV reported documents found in the RV especially focused on US water systems. No information on what kind of “systems.”
“Earlier, KENS-TV reported documents found in the RV especially focused on US water systems. No information on what kind of systems.
That would be the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation. Until this morning I had not heard the term, geospatial intelligence.
They do seem to have some interesting keynote speeches online at About GEOINT.
In particular: "Keith B. Alexander, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command, Director, National Security Agency/Central Security Service, took the stage yesterday morning and shined a light on something very serious: the need for enhanced cyber security for our nation."
Look to the right column on the page.
Any Drug Cartel Members on Trial?
Any Drug Cartel Members on Trial?
I wonder if they recaputured that terrorist who they accidently released after being nabbed crossing the border with Mexico.
I’m glad they caught these men. I hope Holder does not release them on us with new weapons.
The following was posted to a Houston Chronicle blog:
The FBI and Federal Homeland Security investigators are investigating an incident in downtown San Antonio this morning, after two men identified as "French Moroccans' were arrested inside the old Bexar County Courthouse, and a third man was found outside the building in a van, 1200 WOAI news reports. Police now tell 120 WOAI's Michael Board on the scene that photographs of 'infrastructure' including courthouses and water systems from around the country, have been found inside the men's van. One sergeant says the three men were apparently traveling the country photographing infrastructure. San Antonio is home to three major military bases, and officials have notified them of the incident, and have told them to be on the lookout for any suspicious activity and vehicles.
WOAI radio appears to have revised the story to now read, in part:
Inside the van, officials say they found "photographs of infrastructure" including photos of shopping malls, water systems, courthouses and other public buildings which they say were taken in cities nationwide. "They got travel documents, parking passes, they have been all over the country," one law enforcement officials who asked not to be identified told 1200 WOAI's Michael Board on the scene. "A lot of photographic equipment, a lot of documentation equipment inside their vehicle."
I get yelled at every time I bring dates up, but today is 10/19/11. Mix the digits around a little and you get 9/11/01.
Anything in the courthouse related to elections?
Events like this are why some malls get itchy about photography inside or outside the mall.
According to the Security Report for Texas, it is NOT accidental that the terrorists are released. It is proceedure from the Obama Administration.
But don’t dare profile anyone!
I thought about this a bit and came up with, maybe they are urbex explorers from abroad (urban exploration, it’s a pretty big hobby), but that would not explain an interest in malls. urbex people are not into malls, unless they are abandoned.
ping for later info
- "Photographs of infrastructure including photos of shopping malls, water systems, courthouses and other public buildings which they say were taken in cities nationwide"
- "They got travel documents, parking passes, they have been all over the country"
Jihadis aged 21-25 traveling all over the country in a Winnebago are obviously funded by others as probably/possibly are other surveilance groups
Tell me again why arguments against water-boarding - made by the 5th Column and their trained parrots - should even be heard.
Thanks for the update. We should follow this closely to be sure that Holder doesn’t release them. The man can’t be trusted.
Important snippet found(disturbing):
“Surveillance video showed the men walking into the building with an item in their hands, but they did not have the item when they walked out of the courthouse, sheriff’s officials said. Investigators have not said whether that item was recovered or what it may be.”
Obviously it was an nicely wrapped fruit basket and a "COEXIST" bumper sticker.
Probably al-Qaeda out of European cells, admitted to USA as students or tourists by one of our Embassies abroad (consular section), most likely application and travel approval issued under the Obama Administration.
I would have the GOP Presidential candidates out there quickly before Obama and Holder spin this the way they want it.
“Probably al-Qaeda out of European cells, admitted to USA as students or tourists by one of our Embassies abroad (consular section), most likely application and travel approval issued under the Obama Administration.”
I’d like to know who in the Obama Adminstration let them in, as 2 of the men were already on the FBI watch list according to reports. They could also be Libyan(Gaddafi boys) or Iranian(Hezbollah).
My guess is they left some kind of tool(weapon) to be used later by the cell that might follow the initial foray. Just speculating.
My suspicion is they well have been with “Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group”, originating perhaps their travel from France, and came into the USA from Heathrow, after getting visas at either the US Embassies/consulates in the UK or in France. Just a hunch. They also were apparently highly trained, motivated, supported by cash, and were either an advance team OR an active cell waiting to plant explosives or some other such kind of WMD, or take hostages at public soft targets. Somebody at State Department and ICE is going to be in deep doo-doo (or they better be). If part of this organization I have mentioned above which is an al-Qaeda affiliate, the captured Islamic terrorists are in a group whose specialty is major scale, high profile bombings.
BUMP TO KEEP PLACE ON CAPTURED TERRORISTS.
Looks like the government is now saying they suspect no terror link:
Updated link here:
Damn Holder.....WTH......please don’t tell me that they will be letting these people go now?!!!
Pic of 1 Islamo perp:
Go figure....We have enemies inside the gates at 1600 Penn.Ave. now I guess.
It’s the sheriff who says they’re only burglars, not terrorists. Can this report be accurate? If it is, WHO is the sheriff taking orders from in Washington?
ON another note..I couldn’t sleep last night and so watched a Senate hearing on our bio-defense on CSPAN. Bottom line...Obama and the democrats have gutted bio-defense spending and they are begging for more funding. One expert testifying that we are better off than we were on 911, but worse off than we were three years ago.
Obama at work destroying this country!
I dunno but he sounds like an idiot.
What courthouse is open at two in the morning?
Waterboard all five, and call up Hitchens and waterboard him again for good measure...
“What courthouse is open at two in the morning? “
The police say the “burglars?” got in through a fourth floor window.
I agree with waterboarding all five. Considering the information found in their vehicle, It’s a matter of national security.
Google News now lists 172 online articles relating to this incident.
This first thread, posted as a summary from local news stories when online media was not available, has been removed from Frontpage News and Breaking News. A later thread remains in Breaking News. (Not anymore.)
For Noon in San Antonio I've set DVR to record all local news and will post a summary . . . with links, if available. I'll do the same for the local evening news broadcasts.
Typical of stories now online is this one from the Wall Street Journal: San Antonio Break-In Spurs Probe.
Five foreign nationals were arrested Wednesday after a break-in at a county courthouse in San Antonio and investigators found 90-day visas, maps, cellphones and computers inside a rented RV parked outside, authorities said. The men, all in their 20s, were unarmed when they were arrested about 1:30 a.m. at the old Bexar County Courthouse, said sheriff's department spokesman Louis Antu.
Three of the men were caught inside. The others were outside near the RV, which had California plates but may have been rented in New York, Mr. Antu said.
Mr. Antu said he had no information to indicate the break-in was related to terrorism and that the incident was being investigated as a burglary. He said Federal Bureau of Investigation and federal immigration agents were called in because the men aren't from the U.S. and authorities are working to determine their nationalities.
"We're in the process of finding out what was going on or why they were in the building," Mr. Antu said. "We got ICE and the FBI involved because we're dotting I's and crossing T's to make sure we don't have anything more serious."
They're down playing any connection with surveillance relating to Jihadist terror. Can't really blame them, for several reasons, including the panic reaction I, for one, felt in the aftermath of Timothy McVey's Oklahoma City bombing. Still . . .
There's much more of this type of info gathering muslims are doing nationwide. These guys got caught but one sure does wonder about all those not caught! Close the dang borders!
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