On 16 Mar 2007, the Associated Press reported that the FBI had issued a cautionary bulletin stating that suspected members of extremist groups have signed up as school bus drivers in the United States. This bulletin was followed up by a press release by FBI Special Agent and spokesman Rich Kolko stating that, "Parents and children have nothing to fear." Kolko continued, stating that, "There are no threats, no plots and no history leading us to believe there is any reason for concern." In response to this I'm forced quote White House Press Secretary Tony Snow when I ask, "Are You kidding me?!" The sheer disingenuousness of this statement alone should boggle the minds of the American people.
If there was no threat then why issue the bulletin and if there is a threat why state that there is no reason for concern. The FBI has already stated that these “bus drivers are suspected members of “extremists groups” which should read (though no one wants to admit it) “Islamic extremist groups” Given our nations recent history you’d imagine that it would behoove someone, anyone, to be watching these people like a hawk. It’s kind of like finding out that suspected terrorists are taking flight lessons without bothering to learn how to land. OH wait, that one got screwed up to.
Special Agent Kolka did get one thing right though. There is no history of attacks on busses. Well at least not here anyway. However if we take a short trip across the pond or Google bus bombing you’ll find 25 killed in Jerusalem and Ashkelon on Feb 25, 1996, 2 killed in Gaza on Nov 21 2000, 9 killed on 4 Aug 2002 in Safad and another 19 killed and 14 killed on 18 Jun and 21 October respectively of the same year. Moving on to 2003 we find 16 killed on 11 June and 20 killed on 19 August, both in Jerusalem. 2004 left us with another 27 dead in attacks in Beersheba and Jerusalem in January and August of that year. And then there was some little blip in the news I remember seeing about some busses that got blown up in London. All of these attacks were on busses filled with civilians; children included and even a few Americans. Fortunately they were in other countries that have a history of this sort of thing. But then, I’m 100% positive that the United States had no history of people flying planes into buildings prior to September 11th 2001.
I’m driving my kids to school. What are you going to do?