The discovery of American school emergency plans in the hands of a terrorist in Iraq (where there is obviously no connection to terrorism) may have led to the recent government alert that schools should be aware of terror threats. In case you missed the first story:
A man arrested by U.S. authorities in Iraq had a computer disk in his possession containing a public report downloaded from a U.S. Department of Education Web site on crisis planning in school districts, including San Diego Unified.Nah, that's not threatening. He was probably just working for Osama's school-building program and he needed a few pointers. In case one of Osama's schools were attacked by terrorists. Or something.
The man was described as an Iraqi national with connections to terrorism and the insurgency that is fighting U.S. forces in Iraq. Officials in San Diego said the man's intentions were unknown.
San Diego law enforcement officials said there was no indication of any terrorist plot against schools in San Diego or elsewhere in the country. They did not publicly release the information because there appeared to be no threat. The information was relayed to the San Diego FBI office last week and then to the school district Friday.
Anyway, what does the government say we should do to help prevent terror attacks at home?
In particular, schools were told to watch for activities that may be legitimate on their own — but may suggest a heightened terrorist threat if many of them occur.Unless the person interested in obtaining such plans is a terrorist in Iraq -- then there's no threat at all.
Among those activities:
_ Interest in obtaining site plans for schools, bus routes and attendance lists;