Public School Bus Routes, School Plans Found on Suspected US Terrorist Computers

“…we have the right to kill 4 million Americans, 2 million of them children…”
–al-Qaeda spokesman Suleiman Abu Gheith (al Quds, 2002).

“…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.”

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

18 March 2007: Yesterday’s headline from AP News read: “Some extremists driving school buses, officials warn.” The article continued: Suspected members of extremist groups have signed up as school bus drivers in the United States, counterterror officials said yesterday, in a cautionary bulletin to police. An FBI spokesman said, “Parents and children have nothing to fear.” (Emphasis added for that comforting snippet from the FBI).

The major media is just now reporting on what we have been reporting for years. The following article was published on this web site two and a half years ago on the October 14, 2004:

Bus drivers in several school districts in the US have been advised 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.” If any of those situations are observed, bus drivers are advised to “follow your school bus security plan, advising the appropriate authorities.”

As written in the Payson Roundup, school bus drivers in Payson, Arizona received a letter from DPS Student Transportation supervisor Vicki Barnett outlining unusual things to look for and how to handle a potential terrorist takeover operation. Also in the letter, Barnett wrote, “the small rural schools should remain vigilant, especially during the next six weeks.”

From the Payson Roundup:

Barnett said she penned the letter to all bus transportation directors and instructors in Arizona at the request of DPS Lt. Michael Lockhart. According to Lockhart, the letter is partly in response to an advisory federal authorities sent to attorneys general throughout the United States regarding the possibility of terrorist activity in the next six weeks — “the magnitude of the 9/11 attack,” he said.

“We need a few more eyes out there and a heightened awareness,” Lockhart said. “We don’t want to alarm anyone, but we’re prodding to be more vigilant.”

Other than the letter to the attorneys general, Lockhart said there has been no specific terrorist threat that spurred him to have the bulletin sent.

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.

In the bulletin Barnett cautioned “sometimes schools are caught completely off guard by events they may think may never happen to them.”

After receiving the bulletin, Martin shared the information with his drivers and posted a copy on an information board in the school district bus barn.