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March 18, 2007

Extremists Signing Up to Be School Bus Drivers

FBI: Extremists Signing Up to Be School Bus Drivers


The FBI has issued an "informational bulletin" to state and local officials saying to watch out for people tied to extremist groups trying to earn licenses to drive school buses.

The Associated Press reports that members of the unnamed extremist groups have succeeded in gaining the drivers licenses, but a Department of Homeland Security official told FOX News that "at this time there is no evidence that any of these individuals have got these jobs, or got hold of school buses."

"There is no plot. There is no threat. And parents and children can feel perfectly safe," FBI spokesman Richard Kolko told

The Department of Homeland Security official said the bulletin was sent to state and local law enforcement officials, and "some school districts have reported an increased number of foreign nationals seeking school bus driver positions and a number of other unusual events."

The official said that, out of an abundance of caution, FBI shared the information.

An unnamed counterterrorism official told The Associated Press that the bulletin — sent Friday to state and local law enforcement agencies — did not say how often foreign extremists attempted to get licenses or drive school buses, and did not specify where this might have happened.

The bulletin noted "recent suspicious activity" by foreigners who either drive school buses or are licensed to drive them, the official told The Associated Press.

Foreigners under recent investigation include "some with ties to extremist groups" who have been able to "purchase buses and acquire licenses," the bulletin says.

But the Homeland Security Department and the FBI "have no information indicating these individuals are involved in a terrorist plot against the homeland," it says. The memo also notes: "Most attempts by foreign nationals in the United States to acquire school bus licenses to drive them are legitimate."

It was not immediately clear whether the extremists intended to do with the school buses. One counterterror official, who spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, said it was likely that the foreigners investigated were merely employed as bus drivers, and did not intend to use them as part of any terror plot.

"I hate to characterize this as a warning," Kolko said, calling it an "informational bulletin." He said this was part of routine information sent to local law enforcement agencies that they should use only as background information while doing their normal duties.
"This is just an awareness issue for local law enforcement. ... It just makes them smarter," he said.

Kolko said that if he knew which extremist groups were involved in the report, he would not identify them.

Wild Thing's comment.....

Can you imagine the day when all over America, terrorists blow just ONE bus up in the school bus lines and kill hundreds if not thousands at each school all over the nation? This isn't just terrorism. This is freaking war!

Members of extremist groups have signed up as school bus drivers in the United States, counterterror officials said Friday, in a cautionary bulletin to police. An FBI spokesman said "parents and children have nothing to fear."

What the heck?? Nothing to fear?? They say they are from extremists groups but nothing to fear. good grief!
Our government has simply gone mad.

It is one thing that they are signing-up. The more important matter is, are we hiring them? That would be disturbing. Further, if they are dangerous why are we letting them run around free?

Posted by Wild Thing at March 18, 2007 12:47 AM


Maybe we should let these extremists drive the limos for Congress. Would that wake up our leadership?

And what is with the warning followed by the "don't worry" from the FBI and Dept of Homeland Security? And is driving a school bus another "job Americans won't do"?

Honestly, are we in a War on Terror or is it more of a "kinda, sorta, partial, occassional somewhat, sometime really bad flare-up with people who want to destroy us but only in designated places in a few other parts of the World"?

Posted by: TomR at March 18, 2007 06:11 AM

What is this world coming to?
Laws seem to have gray areas that let terrorists have their way in so many things.
If a middle easterner doesn't get a certain job, he sues and wins because it's "racial profiling."
What will it take for Americans to wake up? Another terrorist attack? A city the size of Denver, NY or LA lying in ruins because of a nuclear attack? Friends and family gone forever?
What does America want?
The blood of precious innocents spilled because of our inability to stand up to bullies?
These laws make me mad!
Wishy washy lawyers and law makers. They seem to favor everyone but Americans.

Posted by: Lynn at March 18, 2007 08:41 AM

They can issue all the warnings they want but the government can't or won't do anything to stop them from driving school buses. If a school district or bus company were to not hire a Muslim, the Democrats would be screaming "racial profiling" and the ACLU would be hauling them into court.

As a nation, we have become our own worse enemy. The laws we enacted to protect American Citizens from discrimination are now being used against us by terrorists and criminals who've entered this country illegally.

Posted by: BobF at March 18, 2007 09:47 AM

Tom that is a good idea to let them drive the Congress to work.

I think your right about the " occassional somewhat" war. That is how so many sure think about it.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 18, 2007 10:15 AM

Lynn, these laws make me mad too, I agree.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 18, 2007 10:18 AM

Bob, your right they would and will make a huge fuss if not hired and have lawsuits that the liberal lawyers and CAIR will take on gladly.augh

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 18, 2007 10:19 AM

Blow up a school bus or take our kids hostage? Would be the biggest mistake they could make. The US Gov't would not be able to protect them from the wrath of red staters.

And TomR's comment has serious merit to it. The splodeydopes would be doing us a favor by taking out some Congress critters.

Posted by: raz0r at March 19, 2007 11:06 PM