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Resident Finds Backpack w/Arabic Notebook (short Title)
The Sierra Vista Herald | February 12, 2003 | Bill Hess

Posted on 02/12/2003 8:20:49 PM PST by HiJinx

On his property, resident finds backpack
containing diary with Arabic writing

By Bill Hess
Herald/Review

Hereford, AZ -- It is not unusual to find backpacks near their home, but a local man and his wife were surprised to find one that contained a diary written in Arabic.

Click to see a (much) larger scan of this photo.

Walter Kolbe said he was chasing some javelinas away from his home Thursday when he stumbled upon the backpack. He said he brought it home and didn't think much about the find.

He and his wife, May, went away for the weekend. When they returned Sunday, his wife's curiosity led her to look into the backpack. That's when she discovered the diary.

A path used by illegal immigrants is on their property, which is on the east side of the San Pedro River, Walter said.

"I found it (the backpack) about a hundred yards from the house, near a barbed-wire fence," he said. "I was just going to throw it in the trash."

After his wife went through the backpack, which included dirty clothing, they decided not to discard the material because of the diary.

Most of the writing was in Arabic, though there was some Spanish writing in it as well, May Kolbe said.

Looking through the small book, she noticed two names and telephone numbers -- one listing in Canada and the other Iran -- and confirmed the beginning numbers were the international codes for those two countries.

Walter Kolbe called the FBI on Monday morning and agreed to bring the diary by the local office the next time he was in Sierra Vista. The FBI representative also told him that if the agent with responsibility for terrorism investigation thought the diary was important they would make arrangements to pick it up.

Such turned out to be the case. An agent called Tuesday and said they would show up to pick up the material, which they did that morning.

The Kolbes said they wonder how many Middle Eastern people are coming into the United States illegally.

Rob Daniels, a spokesman for the U.S. Border Patrol's Tucson Sector, said he is not allowed to talk about the number of non-Mexicans his agency detains.

"We can't get into specifics about the number," Daniels said.

Mario Villarreal, (sic) a spokesman for the U.S. Border Patrol headquarters in Washington, D.C., said 99.4 percent of the 955,310 people apprehended by the agency from Oct. 1, 2001, through Sept. 30, 2002, were from the Americas, which includes Canada, Mexico and other Central and South American nations. The remainder comes from 140 countries, he said.

"Because of 9-11 (the terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001) there has ben restrictions and guidelines when talking about special interest countries," he said.

The decision not to be specific about how many people come from the Middle East is a directive of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, he said.

However, the Border Patrol continues to seek information about illegal immigrants and individuals are encouraged to call (877) 872-7435.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Mexico; US: Arizona; US: New Mexico; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: arabic; border; illegals; immigrantlist; jihadinamerica; middleeast
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This was transcribed by myself from tonight's newspaper.
1 posted on 02/12/2003 8:20:49 PM PST by HiJinx
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To: HiJinx; Stand Watch Listen; JeanS; JohnHuang2; snopercod
Bump.
2 posted on 02/12/2003 8:24:47 PM PST by First_Salute
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To: HiJinx
Thanks for taking the time to enter this. Great work!
3 posted on 02/12/2003 8:25:37 PM PST by A. Morgan
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To: HiJinx
Declare Islam and enemy ideology, deport every non-US citizen Muslim, and close every mosque and Islamic center.
4 posted on 02/12/2003 8:26:46 PM PST by Siobhan ( Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet )
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To: HiJinx
And why is it we haven't closed the borders and increased border patrols ???????
5 posted on 02/12/2003 8:27:26 PM PST by TheBattman
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To: HiJinx
Thanks! Your hard work was worthwhile.

I wonder whether they gave the entire backpack to authorities or just the diary. If you watch CSI, you know that all kinds of clues, fibngerprints, DNA hair samples, etc most likely dwell in that dingy backpack..perhaps even dust specks that would identify country of origin. Stuff that might not be specified in diary, though that could be a huge find.
6 posted on 02/12/2003 8:27:58 PM PST by PoisedWoman (Fed up with the liberal media)
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To: HiJinx
You would know this, but for those who don't live in Sierra Vista - in the desert about 70 miles out of Tucson -- here's what else is there:

US Army Intelligence Center at Fort Huachuca.

Not a lot there for tourists and not a lot of jobs outside the Fort. It's a funny place for Arab visitors to be playing house.

There have been other threads about Arab visitors playing house in Sierra Vista.

7 posted on 02/12/2003 8:28:17 PM PST by pttttt
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To: Siobhan
close every mosque and Islamic center.

bump
8 posted on 02/12/2003 8:28:57 PM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angels trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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To: pttttt; JackelopeBreeder
Now, don't be dissin' my home! There's lots to do here...shoot jackrabbits, take pictures of illegals, watch the mountains erode...

Why, just the other day...


LOL!!!!
9 posted on 02/12/2003 8:30:31 PM PST by HiJinx
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To: HiJinx; SAMWolf; madfly
Pinging you two to another installment in our border saga.

But now, it's off to bed for me. Not much sense waiting up for the database maintenance to happen!

See y'all in the AM.
10 posted on 02/12/2003 8:32:49 PM PST by HiJinx
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To: HiJinx
SO WHAT DID THE DIARIES SAY?!?!?

I understand the FBI might want to be mum about it, but hasn't someone bothered to translate the bit that you can see in the photo, at least?

11 posted on 02/12/2003 8:33:39 PM PST by Illbay
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To: Lion's Cub; Cindi
fyi
12 posted on 02/12/2003 8:34:18 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: Siobhan
...close every mosque and Islamic center.

And shred the Constitution.

13 posted on 02/12/2003 8:34:21 PM PST by Illbay
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To: Siobhan
Deporting our enemies and keeping out their friends would be insensitive. Better that we scurry around after duct tape and bottled water.

Tancredo for President.

14 posted on 02/12/2003 8:35:02 PM PST by dagnabbit
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To: HiJinx
The writing is Arabic but that doesn't mean the actual text is.

Other languages written in Arabic include Kashmiri, Kurdish, Pashto, Persian/Farsi, Sindhi, Turkish, Uyghur, and Urdu.
15 posted on 02/12/2003 8:48:24 PM PST by John H K
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To: Illbay
Bump to the top because it's an INTERESTING article and promises to be an even MORE interesting discussion.
16 posted on 02/12/2003 8:49:05 PM PST by ChemistCat (We should have had newer, safer, better, more efficient ships by now, damn it.)
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To: Illbay
I suspect it's Farsi(Persian), actually, given the phone # in Iran.

Not that I can read Farsi.
17 posted on 02/12/2003 8:53:27 PM PST by John H K
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To: HiJinx
This is great! They don't want us to know how many arabs are sneeking into the country but they tell us to go out and buy duct tape and plastic to cover the windows.

What a freaking joke!

18 posted on 02/12/2003 8:54:59 PM PST by slimer
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To: slimer
They don't want us to know how many arabs are sneeking into the country

There's a large possibility this wasn't an Arab as there are hundreds of millions of non-Arabs that use languages that use the Arabic alphabet.

19 posted on 02/12/2003 8:56:58 PM PST by John H K
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To: HiJinx

Now if only FreeRepublic could keep this hot and get it in front of every newspaper, FOXNews anchor, congressman and senator.

OBTW: Janet NapalitRENO SEAL THE BORDER!!!

21 posted on 02/12/2003 9:09:57 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: All
I skipped the photo to a buddy who is fluent in Farsi, and he will get back to me tomorrow. Stay tuned sports fans!!!
22 posted on 02/12/2003 9:11:10 PM PST by cavtrooper21 (Shoot 'em if they stand, cut 'em if they run!)
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To: HiJinx
Earth to USA . . .

Hello? Anyone awake?

Hello? Hello? Hello?

. . .

Maybe the word is just

H*ll!
23 posted on 02/12/2003 9:20:51 PM PST by Quix (21st FREEPCARD FINISHED--going to get back to it soonish)
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To: HiJinx
Walter Kolbe said he was chasing some javelinas away from his home Thursday when he stumbled upon the backpack. "I found it (the backpack) about a hundred yards from the house, near a barbed-wire fence," he said. "I was just going to throw it in the trash." After his wife went through the backpack, which included dirty clothing, they decided not to discard the material because of the diary. Most of the writing was in Arabic, . . .

Could Walter Kolbe be related to our Congressman Kolbe???

Oh that would be just too good!!

24 posted on 02/12/2003 9:26:08 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: HiJinx
Bump
25 posted on 02/12/2003 9:26:41 PM PST by Irish Eyes
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To: cavtrooper21
Bump for later read. Funny how the government is so busy trying to hide things. One would think if they realy believed in a "homeland defense" they would be going out of their way to keep us informed, rather than in the dark.
26 posted on 02/12/2003 9:27:36 PM PST by American in Israel (Hey, I may be a "rightist" but it beats being wrongest...)
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To: Illbay
And shred the Constitution.

Now, now. You know the Constitution doesn't protect whatever group Freepers set their eyes on. And you know there's no legitimate reason anyone in the United States would ever use a non-Latin alphabet. Must be terrorists. Gotta be.

28 posted on 02/12/2003 9:41:39 PM PST by Caesar Soze
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31 posted on 02/12/2003 9:49:09 PM PST by TexRef
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To: HiJinx
Perhaps it was something innocent, like Mom's recipe for Couscous con carne.
32 posted on 02/12/2003 9:51:26 PM PST by Redcloak (Jn th lton t Prvnt the bs of nnssrl Lngth, Vrbs nd Nnsnsl Tg Lns)
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To: TexRef
It looks like some has been erased and rewritten.
36 posted on 02/12/2003 9:57:29 PM PST by abner (Cruise the Caribe with FReepers! FRN Network Cruise)
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To: HiJinx
So what if 1000's of illegals cross the border every night. So what if many of them are OTM. So what if Iraqi agents and Al Queda can cross the border too. So what if it is a terrorist's diary they found.

We all have duct tape and plastic sheets, right? We'll be fine.
37 posted on 02/12/2003 10:06:26 PM PST by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: HiJinx
The Kolbes said they wonder how many Middle Eastern people are coming into the United States illegally.

They, and many more Arizonans and Americans who have been screaming since 9/11 for our gov't to seal our borders, not just because of the Mexican invasion, but the "other" countries that are infiltraiting us.

Thanks for the post, will be looking out for updates.

Lock and load.

38 posted on 02/12/2003 10:08:33 PM PST by kstewskis ("Aim small, miss small"......Benjamin Martin to Nathan and Samuel)
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To: ganeshpuri89
I can give you a (very partial) answer. In FY 2002, there wer 156,950 aliens apprehended in Cochise County. Of those, 2811 were non-Mexican and I'm hunting for the break down by other nationality.
41 posted on 02/12/2003 10:33:16 PM PST by JackelopeBreeder (I didn't do it. Nobody saw me. You can't prove it. The sheep are lying.)
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To: JackelopeBreeder
This is sucking big time. I'm a Korean linguist and if I remember right, HiJinx is a Russian linguist.
45 posted on 02/12/2003 10:44:34 PM PST by JackelopeBreeder (I didn't do it. Nobody saw me. You can't prove it. The sheep are lying.)
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To: ganeshpuri89
Actually I do have the figures somewhere on this mess I call a desk -- bootlegged from the INS database. Don't ask.
46 posted on 02/12/2003 10:46:41 PM PST by JackelopeBreeder (I didn't do it. Nobody saw me. You can't prove it. The sheep are lying.)
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To: ganeshpuri89
Can't find it. It may be in a folder at the office. If my memory isn't totally hosed, the official figure was about 130 from Middle Eastern/Southwest Asian countries.

My real worry is that most Middle Eastern types can pass for Hispanic if they speak enough Spanish. There have been too many reports of unfriendly Middle East types gathering in an area where the borders of Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina meet. This is not good at all.
47 posted on 02/12/2003 10:59:29 PM PST by JackelopeBreeder (I didn't do it. Nobody saw me. You can't prove it. The sheep are lying.)
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To: seamole
nineteen (19) individuals who have been identified
as hijackers aboard the four airliners that crashed on September 11, 2001
50 posted on 02/12/2003 11:10:54 PM PST by kcvl
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