Violence on NCAA university and college campuses has been an anomaly rather than the norm. That however has changed in recent years as more and more incidents involving guns, bombs, threats, terror and killings have been occurring at campuses across America. The rise in terror incidents appears to be sync with the amount of terror drills occurring on NCAA campuses which indicates that a majority of the events are likely being provocateured by professionals rather than by civilians.
Currently, school and university terror propaganda is also at an all-time high. In 2012 alone, there were at least 30 cases of school and university attacks, outbreaks, threats and scares with at least 12 major plots to bomb or shoot-up U.S. schools or universities allegedly thwarted by officials. Numerous school and university terror drills have also prepped local, state and federal officials for impending school terror on the level of the Columbine shooting and the Beslan massacres, both of which state-sponsored attacks. School and university terror is blinking red on every level; the only question is when and where the state-sponsored terror attacks will occur.
Date: February 2003
Source: School Planning & Management
Abstract: The recent passage of federal antiterrorism and homeland security legislation has solidified a national focus on protecting America’s infrastructure elements such as transportation systems, utilities and government facilities. But a number of school safety experts and educators are also looking at ways to better protect from terrorist attacks what they call our most valuable resources - our students, teachers and schools.
The Terrorist Threat
The 9/11 tragedy changed the way educators address school safety. We have planned for terrible events like school shootings, but we must now plan for attacks that can take place from terrorists from outside of our cities and even our great nation,’ says Danny Tanoos, superintendent of the Vigo County School Corporation in Terre Haut, Ind., and a member of the Indiana State Board of Education.
Sean Burke, president of the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO), stresses that the terrorist threat to schools should not be taken lightly. I think that terrorism poses a greater threat to our schools than Americans realize. Nothing would strike terror in the hearts of Americans more than an attack specifically designed to harm our children,’ Burke says.
Burke’s concerns were echoed by his colleagues nationwide in a July, 2002, survey of school resource officers. A total of 658 school-based officers were surveyed, and an overwhelming majority (95 percent) felt that their schools are vulnerable to a terrorist attack. A substantial percentage of officers (79 percent) felt that schools within their districts are not adequately prepared for such an attack.
No Legislation or Funding
Unfortunately, schools are just starting to be a blip on the terrorism radar screen when, in reality, schools and our children should be an absolute first priority when it comes to homeland security issues,’ says Curt Lavarello, executive director of NASRO’s 10,000-plus member organization.
Roddie Miller, project administrator for Safe Schools and Climate for the Omaha Public Schools in Nebraska, says that guidance, direction and funding have not yet been legislated for schools.
Sustainability of safe school strategies is increasingly an issue as school budgets are stretched year after year,’ Miller stresses. Omaha Public Schools is currently working with city officials to maintain their school resource officer program after the city announced plans to pull officers from the school program at the end of the current school year due to a budget crunch.
Forrest Branscomb, risk manager for the School Board of Manatee County in Florida and past-president of the Florida Educational Risk Management Association (FERMA), recognizes that funding being directed to emergency responders is appropriate. I just hope that schools will be considered before an event happens,’ Branscomb says.
Schools Start Preparing
A growing number of schools have moved ahead with homeland security planning despite the absence of federal and state funding.
Manatee County’s district meets regularly with local emergency management professionals to plan for terrorist attacks, according to Branscomb. His district is coordinating with law enforcement officials in developing a community watch program where drivers of school buses and maintenance vehicles are trained to identify and report suspicious behavior. Manatee County schools is also tightening visitor procedures, increasing restrictions on school cafeteria kitchen use by outside organizations, locking mechanical rooms and implementing new mail handling procedures.
Florida may lead the nation in state’s inclusion of schools in homeland security planning. Seven Regional Domestic Security Task Forces’ were created to accomplish the objectives of the state’s Domestic Security Strategic Plan.’ The education community is represented on each of the task forces, and soon every region will have an education subcommittee to focus on the specific needs of their schools, colleges and universities, according to Julie Collins, operations and management consultant manager in the Florida Department of Education’s Office of Safe Schools.
As the emergency response community updates its plans, enhances its training and modifies its exercises to address the new challenges presented by terrorist threats, schools must be included in these activities and enhance their efforts with the input of local emergency responders,’ stresses Collins.
Last fall, school safety directors from each region developed recommendations for preparing schools for terrorist threats. Their recommendations included policy and legislative changes to enhance security, special considerations for rural schools not sufficiently covered by emergency responders and flexibility in the state’s public meetings law to allow school boards to meet in executive session on security issues.
Florida law requires every school district to have an emergency plan and conduct self assessments using state recommended best practices.
Rick Harris, senior director of Safety, Security and Environmental Services for Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, Fla., says his department has reviewed safe school plans for sites located in or near high-profile community target areas designated by county emergency operations staff. Roles of district response team members, as well as communications capabilities, are being reviewed. Harris’ office is also working with their regional task force to develop a terrorism education component for school staff.
Chuck Hibbert, coordinator of security for Wayne Township schools in Indianapolis, encourages schools to take the lead in seeking support from outside agencies. If schools are not aggressively seeking out their emergency management officials and asking to be involved, the planning may occur without their input,’ cautions Hibbert.
John Weicker, security director for Fort Wayne Community Schools in Indiana, says that the four major public school corporations in his county, along with the majority of private schools, have implemented a joint computer program which allows emergency responders to immediately access individual up-to-date school floor plans, detailed emergency plans, individual school photo-graphs, emergency contact data and evacuation information. Colleges and universities will also join the system.
In addition to state mandatory emergency response plans, school safety education programs and county school safety commissions, Weicker believes that requirements for lockdown drills and continued planning for new threats, must be a part of the ongoing safe schools process.
Omaha’s Roddie Miller praises her district’s school resource officers (SROs). By conducting tabletop crisis exercises, crisis planning, critical incident response training and threat assessment protocols, our SROs are powerful first responders for protecting our children,’ Miller says.
Curt Lavarello of NASRO agrees. ˜We need to make certain that school administrators are made aware of the potential for terrorism and the areas where schools are vulnerable. SRO programs and school-law enforcement collaboration represent the best way to disseminate information and coordinate planning,’ he says.
U.S. Education Department’s Response
Although not mandated by the recent antiterrorism or homeland security legislation, the U.S. Department of Education recognizes the impact of terrorism on schools.
While no schools were directly attacked on 9/11, that day and subsequent events have had a significant impact on schools throughout the country. Educators recognize that their processes, procedures, policies and programs for ensuring the safety of students and staff have to be carefully reviewed,’ says Eric Andell, the recently appointed deputy undersecretary for the department’s newly created Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools.
Andell’s office is working with the Office of Homeland Security, as well as with federal entities such as the Department of Justice and the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, to ensure that schools are adequately addressed in homeland security planning. His office also has a role in ensuring that schools receive accurate and up-to-date information’ on terrorism preparedness issues.
Immediately following the 9/11 attacks, the department made available $8.9 million from its School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) project to help affected schools restore their learning environments and provide mental health services.
The department held an international forum to discuss how schools could be protected from terrorism.
The department also held teleconferences on mental health responses to crises and on bio-terrorism. Model school crisis response plans are scheduled for release in the spring of 2003, after which the department plans to make funds available to schools for implementing crisis plans. A bomb threat guide is also scheduled for release this spring.
The new openness by Andell’s office to law enforcement and emergency planning has some school safety experts calling Paige and Andell a breath of fresh air.’
But until formal funding is received, Superintendent Tanoos, whose Vigo County school district in Indiana has formed an alliance with many local agencies, feels that school communities must forge ahead with planning: ˜It is incumbent upon all of us, not just school personnel, to protect every child in every school. The 9/11 tragedy has taught us that we have to continue working to protect our future: Our children’ (School Planning & Management, 2003).Title: Cleric Supports Targeting Children
Abstract: An extremist Islamic cleric based in Britain said yesterday that he would support hostage-taking at British schools if carried out by terrorists with a just cause.
Omar Bakri Mohammed, the spiritual leader of the extremist sect al-Muhajiroun, said that holding women and children hostage would be a reasonable course of action for a Muslim who has suffered under British rule.
In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Mr Mohammed said: "If an Iraqi Muslim carried out an attack like that in Britain, it would be justified because Britain has carried out acts of terrorism in Iraq.
"As long as the Iraqi did not deliberately kill women and children, and they were killed in the crossfire, that would be okay."
Mr Mohammed, 44, who lives in Edmonton, north London, but is originally from Syria, also claimed that the Chechen rebels were not responsible for the deaths of more than 350 people - at least half of them children - who are so far known to have died in Beslan.
"The Mujahideen [Chechen rebels] would not have wanted to kill those people, because it is strictly forbidden as a Muslim to deliberately kill women and children. It is the fault of the Russians," he said.
The father of seven came to Britain in 1985 after being deported from Saudi Arabia because of his membership of a banned group. He has since been given leave by the Home Office to remain in Britain for five years but the Government is reviewing his status.
He gave an interview yesterday to promote a "celebratory" conference in London next Saturday to commemorate the third anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
Andrew Dismore, the Labour MP for Hendon, was infuriated by Mr Mohammed's comments. "That sounds to me like incitement and I will report him to Scotland Yard," he said. "It is an insult to most moderate Muslims, who are sick of people like this claiming to represent them" (Telegraph, 2004).
Date: June 6, 2005
Abstract: The government has been looking at the possibility of terrorists targeting food destined for school cafeterias, a federal food safety official said Monday.
"The school lunch program is particularly vulnerable," said Carol Maczka, an administrator within the Agriculture Department's Food Safety Inspection Service.
Maczka, speaking to the annual conference of the Association of Food and Drug Officials, offered no evidence of specific threats to school lunches.
She said her office has studied the vulnerability of three products: milk, spaghetti sauce and egg substitutes. Currently, officials are looking at how a popular lunchroom staple, chicken nuggets, may be susceptible to tampering.
Federal officials have distributed a food safety checklist to school lunch providers, who must show evidence of a food safety plan, Maczka said.She said vulnerabilities noted in the supply chain were classified, but that changes had been made to improve safety.
The Association of Food and Drug Officials conference, in its 109th year, focuses primarily on food safety and security. Aside from bioterrorism, speakers touched on other threats, from risks from imported foods to nuclear attacks and animal diseases such as avian flu (Fox News, 2005).
Title: FBI Warns of Possible NCAA Tourney Terror Threat
Date: March 13, 2006
Source: Fox News
The FBI and Homeland Security Department distributed an intelligence bulletin Friday to state and local law enforcement nationwide describing the online threat against sporting venues, said Special Agent Richard Kolko, an FBI spokesman in Washington.
"We have absolutely no credible intelligence or threats pertaining to this issue," Kolko said.
With conference tournaments taking place this weekend, and the NCAA tournament scheduled to begin next week, the bulletin was sent "out of an abundance of caution," Kolko said.
"We have been in touch with Homeland Security and the FBI about this issue," said NCAA spokesman Erik Christiansen.
"We do not believe there is an imminent threat," he
said. "We are in constant communication with the local, state and
federal law enforcement agencies, including Homeland Security and the
FBI. This is not new; we are in regular contact with all these law
enforcement agencies at every level."
The online message described a potential attack in some detail, calling it an efficient way to kill thousands of people using homicide bombers armed with explosives hidden beneath their winter clothing, said a federal law enforcement official who read the bulletin.
Christiansen said, "There was no mention of a specific event or organization."
In the past, intelligence assessments have been sent in advance of major holidays and sporting events because they pose an inviting target for terrorists (Fox News, 2006).Title: Terrorists - Coming To A School Near You
Date: April 2, 2007
Abstract: Authorities fear the school massacre that shook Russia a few years ago may be a dress rehearsal for what al-Qaida plans to do in America – only on a grander scale, launching multiple school attacks simultaneously across the country.
In 2004, Chechen terrorists associated with al-Qaida seized a school building in Beslan, Russia, and slaughtered 338, including 172 children.
Three years later, schools and local police in this country are still unprepared to deal with such an assault, experts warn. Most don't have response plans for handling a single active shooter, let alone a cell of trained terrorists launching a large-scale attack.
Yet terror cells secreted inside America may be planning to use buses, as well as other vehicles and methods, as a Trojan horse to infiltrate school campuses and massacre students and teachers.
The FBI and Homeland Security Department last month distributed a bulletin to law enforcement across the country warning that Muslims with "ties to extremist groups" are signing up to be school bus drivers. They also noted "recent suspicious activity" by foreigners who either drive school buses or are licensed to drive them.
"The enemy is infiltrating us at all levels, and certainly school bus drivers are one area to look at," warned retired Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, president of Killology Research Group, an anti-terror consultancy that trains the FBI and other law enforcement. "And how about high school, middle school and elementary school cafeteria workers? Janitors? Delivery people?"
Grossman says some school district security officials he works with have expressed concerns about some of the Muslim employees schools are hiring.
"But no one dares profile them," he told WND.
"Islamic terrorists are already in place in the U.S. and, yes, that includes bus drivers, cafeteria workers and also airport workers," added Grossman, a former Army Ranger and West Point professor.
Floor plans for schools in Virginia, Texas and New Jersey have been recovered from terrorist hands in Iraq, he notes. Videotapes confiscated in Afghanistan show al-Qaida terrorists practicing the takeover of a school.
The 9/11 mastermind now in custody at Gitmo recently suggested al-Qaida may be targeting school children. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed said in his confession before a military tribunal that while he may not like killing kids, they're fair game in jihad. He claims U.S. forces bombed and killed the children of bin Laden's top deputy, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, and arrested and "abused" his own children.
According to the Middle East Media Research Institute, an al-Qaida spokesman has claimed Muslims have the right to kill up to 2 million American children in retaliation for Muslim children killed in Muslim lands.
"Osama bin Laden has promised that what has happened in (Beslan) Russia will happen to us many times over," Grossman said. "And Osama tries very hard never to lie to us."
Experts say terrorist cells are aided by many facilitators inside American cities who canvass targets and perform other logistics for such attacks.
"They are in the U.S., in all aspects of life, including the schools – and not just as bus drivers," Grossman said. "And American school children may pay the price," if schools and local law enforcement fail to implement counterterror plans.
Recent events come on top of several other school bus-related incidents involving Mideast men that raise suspicion of terror activity.
They include last year's surprise boarding of a school bus in Tampa, Fla., by two Saudi men dressed in trench coats. Authorities suspect they were making a dry run to see how easy it would be to hijack or blow up a school bus filled with innocent American students.
Previously, an Arab man from Detroit was caught trying to obtain a job as a school bus driver in New York using fake Social Security documents.
Experts also worry about terrorists operating independently of al-Qaida. "There are many lone wolves and self-starters out there who could attack at any time," Grossman warned.
Muslim gunman Sulejman Talovic was loaded for bear in February when he opened fire on shoppers in a Salt Lake City mall. He was armed with a shotgun, a .38 pistol and a backpack full of ammunition. He killed five and would have kept killing if an alert off-duty police officer hadn't returned fire and helped stop him.
If the 18-year-old Bosnian immigrant had targeted his old high school in a similar rampage, the number of body bags would have been horrific, experts say. Such a scenario is local law enforcement's worst nightmare, because school resource officers, or SROs, are ill-equipped to handle such assaults.
Homeland security consultants recommend arming all SROs and training them in SWAT tactics to repel such attackers.
"The time may come when that one cop will have to keep several adults at bay, preventing them from prosecuting their assault plan on our kids until support arrives," said John Giduck, president of Archangel Group, an antiterror training service.
Recent attacks on children in schools in Athens, Ga., Bailey, Co., Red Lake, Minn., and Nickel Mines, Penn., occurred in the absence of armed SROs."We can't think that Columbine will be the worst tactical circumstances our SROs will face," warned Giduck, author of "Terror at Beslan: A Russian Tragedy with Lessons for America's Schools" (WND,2007).
Date: May 11, 2009
Source: Russia Today
Abstract: 9th grade students in Colorado, U.S. were asked to plot an act of terrorism in history class. Parents are outraged, with one calling the assignment “ludicrous."
More than 110 students in Pueblo Country High School received a project to in two minutes come up with a plot for a terrorist attack, reported TheDenverChannel.com.
The class was supposed to teach the student about terrorism. The teacher explained that the project was to illustrate a terror attack plotted by a foreign government against the United States.
Having learned about her daughter's school assignment, Gini Fischer was outraged:
"To ask them to use their creative energies to come up with a plot for an act of terrorism is very ludicrous," Fischer was quoted.
Students could have misinterpreted the assignment, said local educational authorities.
Usually, if student illustrates a possible act of terrorism, they are expelled from the school.All the assignments have been collected from the students and destroyed (Russia Today, 2009).
Title: School Terror Threat – “Jihad Boom” Postcards With Threatening Cartoon Sent To Nine Schools
Date: Sepetember 17, 2009
Source: National Terror Alert (DHS)
Abstract: Investigators in Marion County, Fla., are searching for the author of nine postcards sent to different schools on the same day, with the words ‘Jihad-Boom” and cartoons drawn by hand, of a building being blown up with people inside.
Investigators released the postcards with the threatening drawings on them Monday in hopes of generating leads in the case. Officials said that the postcards are made up of various and traditional themes, and each one has a distinctive hand-drawn cartoon on it. Several of the threats arrived on postcards featuring Walt Disney World. Detectives said the threat-maker crossed his or her No. 7s and attached a suffix to the address. Six of the nine postcards spell the word “Jihad” correctly, while the others are incorrect.The U.S. Postal Service said that the postcards were all mailed to the schools from the Ocala-Gainesville mailing district before the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. A $10,000 reward has been issued to anyone who provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for using the postal service to mail the threatening postcards to schools (National Terror Alert (DHS), 2009).
Title: The Terrorist Threat To Our Schools Pt. 1
Date: September 17, 2007
Abstract: Some time after 9/11, several pieces of an elaborate puzzle came together for the first time and created a stunning picture of the complex planning that went into the attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Unfortunately, those pieces came together much too late.
Over the past couple of years, National Terror Alert has featured several seemingly unrelated news events and stories, all with a common thread… A potential terrorist threat to our nations children and schools.
With each news story it appears that the planning of a new attack, one with potentially horrific consequences, could be in the works. We’ll let you decide for yourself.
Could all of these stories amount to nothing more than incredible coincidence? Certainly, but there are several elements of 9/11 that prior to the attack would have also been attributed to the same and we are all too familiar with the end result.
Later this week we will feature a follow-up post that will show you what steps you can take to keep yourself, your family and your school safe.
One word of caution… Don’t allow yourself to dismiss certain stories because of their age (3-4 years). al Qaeda is known for having operational planning windows varying up to 5 or 6 years. They are patient and methodical in their planning. Several reports related to Beslan indicate that terrorists may have actually been involved in the construction of the school, years earlier.
On September 1, 2004, Beslan’s Secondary School Number One was taken over by Islamist Chechen terrorists. 1200 adults and children were taken hostage on what was supposed to be an exciting first day of school. When the siege ended 3 days later, 344 were dead, including 186 children. Hundreds more were wounded.
We cannot and should not underestimate the threat, or worse yet, falsely believe the danger doesn’t exist. In intelligence circles, many fear that the Beslan massacre may only have been a dress rehearsal for what al-Qaeda plans to do in America but on a much larger scale, launching multiple school attacks simultaneously across the country.
Several of you have emailed to say that you don’t believe terrorists would consider targeting our children and/or schools. Response: The facts simply don’t support that position.
In 2004, one extremist Islamic cleric based in Britain said that he would support hostage-taking at British schools if carried out by terrorists with a just cause. Omar Bakri Mohammed, the spiritual leader of the extremist sect al-Muhajiroun, said that holding women and children hostage would be a reasonable course of action for a Muslim who has suffered under British rule.
Al-Qaeda spokesman Suleiman Abu Gheith, originally from Kuwait, posted a three-part article titled “In the Shadow of the Lances” on the website of the Center for Islamic Research and Studies, in 2004. He said, “We have not reached parity with them. We have the right to kill 4 million Americans – 2 million of them children – and to exile twice as many and wound and cripple hundreds of thousands”.
This story was covered in several newspapers across the country, including The Boston Globe.
And It’s More Than Just words.
In 2001 videos were seized in Afghanistan, depicting a mock al-Qaeda siege of schools. The New York Post said at the time, that the al-Qaida tapes include the rehearsed shooting of schoolchildren and the taking of hostages.
The location was an abandoned school in Mir Bach Kot, Afghanistan, north of Kabul, a hotbed of al-Qaeda activity before the U.S. and allied forces ousted the Taliban.
This video clip was reportedly part of eight hours of footage obtained from a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan. The source that provided it to explained that it shows terrorists training for a school takeover operation.
Iraqi Insurgent In Possession of Computer Disk With Detailed Information On The Emergency Plans For 6 U.S. Schools
Jump ahead to October 2004. Schools in six states were notified that information had been uncovered by the U.S. military in Baghdad that a man described as an Iraqi insurgent involved in anti-coalition activities had been captured and was in possession of computer discs with downloaded school floor plans and safety and security information about elementary and high schools in the six states, according to officials.
School officials in Fort Myers, Fla.; Salem, Ore.; Gray, Ga.; Birch Run, Mich.; two towns in New Jersey; and two towns in California have been told to increase security in light of the discovery.
The information found on the insurgent was considered serious enough for the FBI to issue this warning.
The warning asked schools and administrators to be on the lookout for the following:
- Interest in obtaining site plans for schools, bus routes and attendance lists.
- Prolonged “static surveillance” by people disguised as panhandlers, shoe shiners, newspaper or flower vendors or street sweepers not previously seen in the area.
- Observations of security drills.
- People staring at or quickly looking away from employees or vehicles as they enter or leave parking areas.
- Foot surveillance of campuses involving individuals working together.
The threat to school buses however is not new, the first warning of a possible terror attack on a school bus came in October of 2004, shortly after the discovery of the discs in Iraq.
We covered the story here:
Department of Public Safety authorities have put school bus drivers from around the state on a heightened state of alert regarding the possibility of terrorist activity, including those in Payson, Pine and Tonto Basin.
We found this one for sale yesterday on a popular online auction site. Looking at the number of completed auctions, it’s fairly easy to purchase one and there’s a number of them available at any given time.
Fast forward to March of this year and reports of extremists attempting obtain jobs as school bus drivers and to also purchase school buses.
In a bulletin issued by the FBI and read to the Associated Press, the public was informed that members of extremist groups were signing up to become bus drivers.
The bulletin, parts of which were read to The Associated Press, did not say how often foreign extremists have sought to acquire licenses to drive school buses, or where.
It noted “recent suspicious activity” by foreigners who either drive school buses or are licensed to drive them, according to a counter-terror official.
Foreigners under recent investigation include “some with ties to extremist groups” who have been able to “purchase buses and acquire licenses,” the bulletin says.
Atlas Shrugs added more details to the story.
There is a very important fact that is not getting the attention it needs in the Extremists Driving School Buses in the USA story, the general impression all the news commentators have is that the ‘extremists” are just getting school bus drivers licenses to work for a school, no they are buying the school buses for as little as $1,205.00 see repo bus sales in the last 48 hours at the bottom of this report.!
Read her article on Extremists Buying School Buses
In June of 2006, we caught our first glimpse of just how soft our public school buses are as targets. Two men from Saudi Arabia were arrested after they boarded a public school bus taking students to Wharton High School. Mana Saleh Almanajam, 23, and Shaker Mohsen Alsidran, 20, both of Tampa, were charged with trespassing on school grounds as unlawful riders on a school bus.
Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch asked several important questions.
I think it’s plausible that someone who doesn’t know America very well might mistake a school bus for a public bus. But why was one of them wearing a trench coat, in May, in Tampa, Florida? Why did they keep changing their story about why they wanted to go to the school? And why did they originally say they were from Morocco instead of admitting they were Saudis? And why has their bail been revoked if this were just a case of boarding the wrong bus?
As if this weren’t enough, remember back in 2005 when the government warned that they were looking at the possibility of terrorists targeting food destined for school cafeterias.
In a Superintendent’s Bulletin dated March 23, 2005, district superintendents were informed of a series of school bus two-way radio thefts that were currently being perpetrated throughout California. More than 2,000 school bus digital two-way radios have been stolen.
and then there is this…
The Houston Police Department’s Criminal Intelligence Division, the FBI and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office are all concerned about a large number of school buses that have been stolen in the Houston area over the last several months.
Seventeen large, yellow school buses were stolen recently from various charter schools, business schools and private bus companies.
Last week Glenn Beck ran a series called “The Perfect Day”
According to terrorists, The Perfect Day is the day that Americans are killed on an unprecedented scale. It’s the day that no one, not even our children sitting in their classrooms at school, are safe. It’s the day that seemingly isolated incidents all converge into the greatest threat this country has ever experienced or imagined. It’s the day that the Islamist jihad against the West begins in earnest. It’s “The Perfect Day” – but it’s only perfect if you’re a terrorist.
If you missed this series you can still see it online and it’s a must.
Investigators in Marion County, Fla., are searching for the author of nine postcards sent to different schools on the same day, with the words ‘Jihad-Boom” and cartoons drawn by hand, of a building being blown up with people inside (DHS, 2007).
Title: Beslan Bell Tolls For 186 Children And 148 Adults Massacred In 2004
Date: September 3, 2012
Abstract: Three-hundred and thirty-four candles have been lit at the ruins of a school in Beslan in Russia’s south. Each candle marks a victim of a 2004 terror act where militants held scores of kids hostage for three days. Russia is commemorating the tragedy.
Over a thousand people were taken hostage in Beslan’s secondary school on September 1, 2004. For over fifty hours, the hostages were held at gunpoint and denied water, food or medical help. On September 3, the disaster was finally brought to an end – apart from the fact that families were still to learn who died and who survived.
Eight years after the blood-chilling events in the town in North Ossetia, a republic in Russia’s south, the pain is to yet subside. As hundreds of people stream to the ruins of the school, many cannot suppress violent sobs. In the town, with a population of just over 35,000, there is hardly a single family who was unaffected by the tragedy.
“The wounds are still bleeding,” Viktor Yesiyev told Regnum news agency. “Right on the first day of the terrorists’ assault, my son was shot dead. Two of my granddaughters were also taken hostage and were injured when security forces began their counter-operation. They had to take a long treatment in Moscow hospitals. Their mom was injured as well. We still cannot understand how this could happen to a peaceful town like Beslan.”
Thousands of flowers, candles and toys have been taken to the ruins of Secondary School No. 1 since the commemoration ceremony began Saturday. Above all, people bring bottled water to mark the severe thirst the hostages faced.
On Sunday, 334 candles were lit in the school yard. They have been burning all night, with light glittering on the photos of the children and adults whose lives were taken in the terror act.
Monday, a church service was held at the former school. After a minute of silence, white balloons were set to the skies, one for every victim of the atrocity. The commemoration ceremony then relocated to the City of Angels – a graveyard in Beslan where 266 people killed in the 2004 disaster are buried.
Three Days In Hell
September 1, 2004, was a regular celebration day at Beslan’s Secondary School No. 1: pupils and their parents were attending a ceremony marking the beginning of another school year. But that year’s first bell to lessons was to become the symbol of one of the darkest tragedies in modern Russia's history.
Over 30 terrorists assaulted the ceremony, capturing 1,128 people as hostages – everyone who failed to flee. Most of them, both kids and their families, were ushered into the school’s gym. The gym was then mined.
Reports which are still not fully confirmed say the terrorists demanded Russia’s army leave Chechnya, and bargained the country’s “security in return for independence” of the southern republic. Shamil Basayev, a prominent Chechen separatist leader at that time, claimed responsibility for the act.
Three thirsty, hungry days full of fear followed. Most of the captured people were children, some of them toddlers. Later, the terrorists would claim the hostages went on a hunger strike to support their “liberation movement.” Medics, food, water – none was allowed to the scene. Nor did the terrorists permit anyone to recover dead bodies.
On September 3, several blasts shook the school, and a fire erupted. Capitalizing on the explosions, the hostages rushed out despite fatigue. The terrorists shot them in their backs.
Russia's security forces then began an assault on the besieged school. Twenty-seven terrorists were killed, on top of four who had been killed earlier. The only terrorist captured alive, Nur-Pashi Kulayev, was later sentenced to life in prison.
As Russian federal forces began an assault on the besieged school, many locals followed into the building to free the children. They were poorly armed, and lacked bulletproof vests, but this did not stop them (Reuters/Stringer Russia)
The chilling three-day affair left 334 people dead: 318 of them were hostages, including 186 children. One of the kids who was killed was an 11-year-old boy who safely escaped the school after the blasts hit, but then returned to help his injured friend.
Ten security officers died, as well as 15 policemen and two Emergencies Ministry staffers.
Eight-hundred and ten people were wounded. Seventy-two kids and 69 adults are seriously affected to this day by their wounds from the attack. Seventeen children lost both parents.
‘It's that good we were kids and didn't realize what was going on’
This year, instead of burnt ruins, hundreds of people have made their way to a solemn memorial. German engineers framed what remained of the gym with golden-colored screens, flowers engraved on them. Local authorities, seeking to preserve the remains of the school, have made the building part of the Beslan Memorial Complex.
Inside, walls are covered with pictures of the victims. In some class photos, all the pupils are marked as passed away. Beslan residents light candles, bring fresh flowers – and more bottled water – all year round.
The area around the school is strewn with golden name plates marking spots where security and Emergencies Ministry officers died. The plates were placed Saturday.
A memorial stone in the yard stands on the place where lieutenant-colonel Dmitry Razumovsky was killed. When the hostages started running out of the school, he shot two of them dead and broke into the building. Distracting the militants’ attention, Razumovsky drew gunfire so that others could escape.
This year, it is also the first time when the kids who were victims of the terror act have come to the scene overpowering their memories.
“It’s good that we were kids and didn't understand what was going on,” Vika Kotsoyeva told Rossiyskaya Gazeta. She was six when the terrorists captured her with other kids and adults.
The tragedy shook the whole world. Annual commemoration ceremonies have been held not only across Russia, but also in the UK, Germany, Greece, Italy, Israel and other countries. A service was held in Paris prompted by the French association “Solidarite Enfants de Beslan” (RT, 2012).
Title: Schools Unprepared For Pandemics
Date: September 21, 2012
Source: Fox News
Abstract: When health disasters strike, schools can easily exacerbate the emergency. With so many kids crammed into one place for so many hours of the day, infectious diseases can spread rapidly.
Still, fewer than half of schools around the United States have adequate plans in place to deal with the next pandemic, found a new study.
To assess school readiness for bioterrorist attacks or flu outbreaks, researchers at St. Louis University Medical Center surveyed about 2,000 nurses in 26 states who worked with kids of all ages, ranging from elementary to high school.
Eighty-five percent of schools had a written disaster plan as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the researchers reported in the American Journal of Infection Control. Plans for health emergencies were particularly lacking.
Fewer than half of the plans specifically addressed pandemic preparedness. And just over 40 percent of schools had updated their plans since the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, which spread through 214 countries, killed more than 18,000 people, and hit school-aged children hardest.
Some models suggest that a future pandemic could make 90 million people sick and cause more than 209,000 deaths in the United States alone. Yet, just 20 percent of schools have stockpiled alcohol-based hand rub, according to the survey's results.
Most schools also failed to report cases of flu-like symptoms or other worrisome illnesses to, which could hinder efforts to detect outbreaks early.
"School preparedness for disasters and infectious disease
emergencies is essential, yet many schools are lacking in adequate plans,"
the researchers wrote. "U.S. schools must continue to address gaps in
infectious disease emergency planning, including developing better plans, coordinating
these plans with local and regional disaster response agency plans, and testing
the plans through disaster drills and exercises" (Fox News, 2012).
Title: Cepeda: An Epidemic's Allies Reside In The Schoolhouse
Date: September 29, 2012
Source: Lubbock Online
Abstract: It’s been an alarming few days of obesity-related news. First, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released the results of its “F as in Fat” report, projecting half of U.S. adults will be obese by 2030 unless Americans make drastic dietary changes.
Then The New York Times reported, according to data published by the University of Illinois at Chicago, white people lacking a high school diploma are experiencing sharp drops in life expectancy, reversing generations of progress to extend life spans. There are many possible reasons, including higher rates of smoking and a spike in prescription overdoses, but the skyrocketing rate of obesity is a known suspect.
Tuesday marked the release of the most recent report from Mission: Readiness, an organization of about 300 retired generals, admirals and senior civilian military leaders who are trying to spread the word that obesity, and specifically childhood obesity, is a dire national security risk.
The report, called “Still Too Fat to Fight,” takes on cheap junk foods readily available in our schools. According to Mission: Readiness, students in the U.S. consume almost 400 billion calories from junk food sold at schools each year.
This will come as no surprise to anyone who has spent time in high schools — especially those in lower-income communities — where students routinely turn down their free or reduced-price breakfasts or lunches in favor of sacks of salty snacks and high-sugar beverages. And though grade-schoolers usually can’t get away with waiving their federal nutrition guideline-monitored meals, they often have a wide variety of cakes, cookies, candy and chips available to add to them — either in the cafeteria or from vending machines.
The report features some cringe-worthy statistics: One in four young adults is unable to serve in the military because of excess body fat, and even many of the ones who do manage to enlist are at high risk of injury. The military’s health insurance system, according to Mission: Readiness, spends “well over $1 billion a year on treating weight-related diseases such as diabetes and heart disease” in addition to the cost of musculoskeletal injuries resulting from inadequate physical fitness and low levels of bone density that may be related to the plunge in dairy intake and a corresponding rise in childhood consumption of sodas and sugary drinks over the past 35 years.
In the civilian population, studies recently named obesity the most expensive public health issue, costing the country more than $190 billion annually.
During a teleconference the American Beverage Association held last May, President and CEO Susan Neely told reporters that over the course of the last three years ABA’s voluntary efforts to curb sugar in schools has resulted in a 97 percent decline in full-calorie soft drinks in schools, and marketing of soft drinks to children under 12 decreased 96 percent since 2004.
She estimated a savings of approximately 1 trillion calories. In view of recent data establishing a strong causal link between limiting sugary drinks and a reduction in childhood obesity, this is a big step in the right direction.
So there is reason to be optimistic. We can reduce childhood obesity, we just have to keep pressure on the makers of all the goodies that entice our children when they’re out of our reach.
At least we’re not alone — if Uncle Sam says we’re all at risk when our
kids have full access to junk at school, there’s a good chance more people will
begin to demand that schools put a stop to it (Lubbock Online, 2012).
Title: 12 Workers Die, 24 Injured In Dormitory Fire In Northwestern China
Date: October 10, 2012
Source: Fox News
Abstract: Chinese state media say a fire in a workers' dormitory has killed 12 people and injured 24 others in northwestern China.
The official Xinhua News Agency says the fire broke out early Wednesday in a dormitory for workers on a water diversion project in Shaanxi province. It did not report the cause.
It says the workers are from a tunnel engineering subsidiary of China Railway 18th Bureau Group Co. Ltd.A report on a news site run by the province, cnwest.com, says the dormitory was a three-story make-shift building (Fox News, 2012).
Should Schools Close During Bad Flu Outbreaks?
Date: October 30, 2012
Source: Fox News
Abstract: A new U.S. government study suggests that during a serious flu epidemic, closing schools can keep people - especially kids - out of the ER.
Now, researchers say, the big questions include, When is it best to close schools? And what are the downsides?
The study, reported in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, looked at what happened in two Texas communities during the H1N1 "swine" flu epidemic of 2009. In one community, schools were closed as a precaution; in the other, they weren't.
It turned out that in the district where schools shut down, there were fewer ER visits for the flu.
What's more, among kids age 6 and up, there was no increase in flu-related ER trips, while that rate doubled in the community where schools stayed open.
"The effect was most dramatic among school-age children," said Dr. Martin S. Cetron, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
There have been skeptics who've doubted that school closures could have much impact during a major flu outbreak, according to Cetron.
"They've said, well, people will just congregate in malls or other public places," explained Cetron, who directs the CDC's division of global migration and quarantine, and worked on the study.
But schools are different from malls, Cetron pointed out, with kids being in close contact with each other all day long.
He said he thinks this study, along with others, "settles" the question of whether school closures are effective. "Should this be an arrow in our quiver? I think the answer is ‘yes,'" Cetron said.
But lots of other questions remain.
"Under what conditions could (school closures) be warranted?" Cetron said. "What level of severity is needed?"
And if schools are closed, he noted, what are the downsides? Parents will have to stay home from work, or find child care. And kids and teachers will have to make up the lost school time somehow. So the expected benefits of school closings would need to be worth the troubles.
Every year, between five percent and 20 percent of Americans get the flu, contributing to some 36,000 deaths. The elderly and people with chronic medical conditions, like heart or lung disease, are among those most at risk.
But the 2009 H1N1 flu epidemic was noteworthy in that it hit children and healthy young adults hard.
The current study looked at two adjacent counties in Texas: Tarrant County, which closed its schools for eight days after a few kids were diagnosed with H1N1; and Dallas County, where schools did not shut down after a few cases were detected.
Before Tarrant County's school closures, the flu accounted for about 3 percent of all ER visits to area hospitals; during the closures, that rate inched up to just over 4 percent. But the increase was bigger in Dallas County during the same time period: from 3 percent, to just over 6 percent.
The impact was most clear among kids ages 6 to 18. In Tarrant County, there was no increase in the proportion of ER visits blamed on the flu. In Dallas County, the figure more than doubled, from about 5 percent to 11 percent.
"It's important to point out that this was a pre-emptive school closure," Cetron said. "Usually, most closures we see are reactive."
Predicting how a flu outbreak might affect a local area is far from easy. It's not like tracking a hurricane, for instance, Cetron pointed out.
Decisions on school
closures are made locally. For school districts to make wise decisions, Cetron
said communication with local and state health agencies is key (Fox
Title: Mossad Death Squads Slaughtered American Children At Sandy Hook
Date: December 20, 2012
Source: Press TV
Abstract: While liberals and some conservatives believe the time has come to ban assault weapons, the graver threat to our nation’s security has been swept under the rug.
The Sandy Hook massacre appears to have been a psy op intended to strike fear in the hearts of Americans by the sheer brutality of the massacre, where the killing of children is a signature of terror ops conducted by agents of Israel.
This is being used as powerful incentive for banning assault rifles, where most of the public is unaware of the fact that the Department of Homeland Security has acquired 1.5 billion rounds of .40 caliber, hollow-point ammunition, which is not ever permissible in warfare under the Geneva Conventions.
A Senate Subcommittee has issued a report (3 October 2012) based upon its review of 680 “fusion center” reports (from 2009-2001) and found not a single indication of any domestic terrorist threat-not one! None! Since the only domestic “terrorist threats” are ones contrived by the government, especially the FBI, the public needs to know.
This information-as well as the existence of more than 300 FEMA camps and special boxcars to carry dissidents to them-has been deliberately withheld from the American people, because if they were aware of the facts of the matter, it would become obvious that those camps and ammunition are intended to be used against them.
When DHS is gearing up to conduct a massive civil war against the American people, what better excuse could there be for banning assault weapons than the massacre of 20 innocent children at Sandy Hook Elementary School?
The choice appears to be covertly revealing, where “Sandy” means guardian of men (as an allusion to guns) and “Hook” as a euphemism for hooking, gathering or confiscating the only weapons that DHS fears. And who better to slaughter American children than Israelis, who deliberately murder Palestinian children?
Mike Harris of Veterans Today has exposed the pattern relating what happened there to earlier assaults: “This is exactly what Israel did in Norway; the political party that voted sanctions against Israel was retaliated against by a ‘lone gunman’ who killed 77 children. This is what Israel always does, they go after the children.
“It is what they do in Gaza every day. It is what was done in Norway. It is what happened at Sandy Hook. Nobody buys the ‘one gunman’ story anymore, not with the Gabby Giffords’ shooting, not with the Aurora “Batman” shooting, certainly not with Breveik, and certainly not in Connecticut.”
The most likely scenario, given what we know now, is that Adam Lanza and his mother killed the day before. Adam's body picked up by local police. He was attired in a SWAT outfit, including body armor, and stored in the school.
A three-man team entered the school, one was arrested in the school--cuffed and put on the lawn--two went out the back door, one was arrested, the third appears to have escaped. You can find this on helicopter videos.
Those arrested are currently not in police custody; their names were never released. That is a telling sign that we are being sold a story that is based on fiction, not on fact. What else are the local police concealing?
A parallel situation in Aurora, where there appear to have been multiple participants, but the police concealed information about them. The DC Sniper, John Allen Muhammad, was even a active member of Delta Force, but the public was not informed.
His assistant in this killing spree, Lee Boyd Malvo, had been detained in Seattle but was released, even though he was an illegal alien, where INS has refused to explain how that happened. Did “higher authority” intervene?
Nidal Malik Hasan, the US Army Major who killed 13 and wounded 29 during a rampage at Ft. Hood, Texas, even sat next to the Director of Homeland Security during an event at George Washington University. Can that be coincidental?
When the "long gunman" cover story falls apart, then the national press, which William Colby told us was infiltrated by agents of the CIA-“The agency owns everyone of significance in the major media”-resorts to stories of Mind Control and use of drugs.
We have to see through the smoke and mirrors. These attacks typically involve three-man shooting teams, where, once the story is tainted with bogus MK/Ultra conspiracy disinformation, crucial data, like the assault rifle the Sandy Hook having been left in his car, swiftly disappears.
Lenin and Trotsky were terrorists. Lenin was an outspoken proponent of terrorism. The founder of the Lukid Party and sixth Prime Minister of Israel was an Irgun terrorist. Study its history. No nation in the world cares more about its own interests and less about those of the United State than Israel.
The bombing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem on 22 July 1946, was a stunning example. The attack on the USS Liberty and Israel’s bombing of its own Embassy and Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires in 1992 and 1994 are other illustration.Those who study 9/11 are all too aware of the role of the Neo-Cons and the Mossad. But the American press covers it up-and Congress is controlled by AIPAC. As Bill Casey, former CIA Director, observed, “Our disinformation program will be complete when everything the American public believes is false.” Sandy Hook is the latest example (Press TV, 2012).
Title: FAU Prof Stirs Controversy By Disputing Newtown Massacre
Date: January 7, 2013
Source: Sun Sentinel
Abstract: A communication professor known for conspiracy theories has stirred controversy at Florida Atlantic University with claims that last month's Newtown, Conn., school shootings did not happen as reported — or may not have happened at all.
Moreover, James Tracy asserts in radio interviews and on his memoryholeblog.com. that trained "crisis actors" may have been employed by the Obama administration in an effort to shape public opinion in favor of the event's true purpose: gun control.
"As documents relating to the Sandy Hook shooting continue to be assessed and interpreted by independent researchers, there is a growing awareness that the media coverage of the massacre of 26 children and adults was intended primarily for public consumption to further larger political ends," writes Tracy, a tenured associate professor of media history at FAU and a former union leader.
In another post, he says, "While it sounds like an outrageous claim, one is left to inquire whether the Sandy Hook shooting ever took place — at least in the way law enforcement authorities and the nation's news media have described."
FAU is distancing itself from Tracy's views.
"James Tracy does not speak for the university. The website on which his post appeared is not affiliated with FAU in any way," said media director Lisa Metcalf.
Tracy said he knows he has sparked controversy on campus. In one of his courses, called "Culture of Conspiracy," Tracy said some students have expressed skepticism about his views.
"But I encourage that," said Tracy, 47, a faculty member for 10 years. "I want to get students to look at events in a more critical way."
In the Internet age, "We see more and more professors getting into trouble for what they're posting on Facebook, or Tweeting," said Gregory Scholtz, director of the department of academic freedom at the Association of University Professors. "And administrations are sensitive to bad publicity; they don't like things that public might find obnoxious or reprehensible. But most reputable administrations stay above the fray and give latitude."
Robert Shibley, an official with the Philadelphia-based Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, said Tracy is well within his rights of free speech, especially when teaching a course on conspiracy theory.
"The only way that a university would have a right to tone it down, or insist he stop talking about it, is if students come to him and say they find it disturbing," said Shibley. "People are allowed to talk about things that are upsetting — for example, abortion."
On Monday, the website Global Research posted a timeline written by Tracy which purports to show how federal and local police agencies, abetted by "major media," conspired early in the Sandy Hook investigation to constuct a scenario pointing to Lanza as " the sole agent of the massacre" when others may have been involved.
In one of his blog posts, "The Sandy Hook School Massacre: Unanswered Questions and Missing Information," Tracy cites several sources for his skepticism, including lack of surveillance video or still images from the scene, the halting performance of the medical examiner at a news conference, timeline confusion, and how the accused shooter was able to fire so many shots in just minutes.
In an interview Monday, Tracy said "while it appears that people lost their lives" at Sandy Hook Elementary on Dec. 14, he is not ready to buy that a lone gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, entered the school and methodically shot 20 children and six adults before killing himself.
Lanza is also suspected of killing his mother at their Newtown home before arriving at the school.
Asked if he has been accused of promoting fringe theories, Tracy said, "I do get that sense, from emails and otherwise."
Tracy said he believes the deaths at Sandy Hook may have resulted from a training exercise. "Was this to a certain degree constructed?" he said. "Was this a drill?
"Something most likely took place," he said. "One is left with the impression that a real tragedy took place."
But, he added, he has not seen bodies, or photos of bodies. "Overall, I'm saying the public needs more information to assess what took place. We don't have that. And when the media and the public don't have that, various sorts of ideas can arise."
Tracy said also has doubts about the official version of the Kennedy assassination, the Oklahoma City bombing, the 9-11 terror attacks and the Aurora, Colo., theater murders."I describe myself as a scholar and public intellectual," he said, "interested in going more deeply into controversial public events. Although some may see [my theories] as beyond the pale, I am doing what we should be doing as academics" (Sun Sentinel, 2013).
Title: Crisis Counselors To Visit California School Following Student's
Mass Shooting Threat
Date: February 11, 2013
Source: Fox News
Abstract: Crisis counselors and extra staff are expected to be on hand at a California school Monday to help students cope after a 12-year-old threatened to shoot 23 students and a teacher, Fox 5 San Diego reports.
The student at Twin Peaks Middle School in Poway was arrested Saturday after he allegedly sent an email to a school administrator that warned of a shooting.
The email threat, sent on Thursday, said that the shooting would occur on Monday, Feb. 11, according to a San Diego County Sheriff’s Department release. The email mentioned numerous guns and 3,000 rounds of ammunition.
Detectives identified a student at the school as the possible email sender and served a search warrant at his house on Saturday, seizing several computers, rifles and handguns.
Sheriff’s Capt. Bill Donahue later told reporters at a press conference that police took five rifles, three shotguns and three handguns, which the child did not have access to, Fox 5 San Diego reports.
The teacher mentioned in the threat, who wishes to remain anonymous for safety reasons, said she is on high alert.
"I kept asking myself, `Why me?' Literally wracking my brain trying to figure out who it is," she told NBC 7 San Diego.
The student was taken to a local hospital for treatment and evaluation, and it is believed no one else was involved in making the threats, the statement said.
The case will be reviewed by the San Diego County district attorney. Terrorist threats are considered felonies in California.“Obviously, this situation is both saddening and disturbing,” Poway Unified School District Superintendent John Collins said in a statement, Fox 5 San Diego reports. “However, it is critical that all touched by this threat understand that the system worked. An anonymous threat was made, identified and with multiple agencies working together, the threat was averted” (Fox News, 2013).