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October 7, 2004
A massacre in the making?

According to an unsettling report by ABC News, elementary and high schools in six states have been warned to increase security based on information discovered by the US military in Baghdad. Brian Ross reports:

A man described as an Iraqi insurgent involved in anti-coalition activities had 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.
Officials in the New Jersey towns, Franklinville and Rumson, were notified by counterterrorism officials last month that their schools had been possibly singled out.

The report does not indicate that an attack was in the works and does not disclose the nationality of the "insurgent" in possession of the plans.

I can think of no innocent explanations why a terrorist in Iraq would have floor plans of US schools, but I can imagine many horrifying possibilities.

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Posted by Whiskey at October 7, 2004 8:06 PM

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