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Friday, January 13, 2006

I Just Called - To Say - I'm Bombing You...

Strange, isn't it, that since the leak about the NSA wire tapping there has been a surge in the purchase of pre-paid cell phones that are almost impossible to trace? Coincidence I'm sure.

From ABC News:
Federal agents have launched an investigation into a surge in the purchase of large quantities of disposable cell phones by individuals from the Middle East and Pakistan, ABC News has learned.

The phones -- which do not require purchasers to sign a contract or have a credit card -- have many legitimate uses, and are popular with people who have bad credit or for use as emergency phones tucked away in glove compartments or tackle boxes. But since they can be difficult or impossible to track, law enforcement officials say the phones are widely used by criminal gangs and terrorists.

...Law enforcement officials say the phones were used to detonate the bombs terrorists used in the Madrid train attacks in March 2004.

...The FBI is closely monitoring the potentially dangerous development, which came to light following recent large-quantity purchases in California and Texas, officials confirmed.

In one New Year's Eve transaction at a Target store in Hemet, Calif., 150 disposable tracfones were purchased. Suspicious store employees notified police, who called in the FBI, law enforcement sources said.

In an earlier incident, at a Wal-mart store in Midland, Texas, on December 18, six individuals attempted to buy about 60 of the phones until store clerks became suspicious and notified the police. A Wal-mart spokesperson confirmed the incident.
Hey, I'm sure they have a perfectly legitimate reason for needing 150 disposable cell phones. Probably just to keep in touch with family and friends, maybe even for running their 7 Elevens and Dunkin Donughts. Nothing nefarious at all - don't worry. Screw that - worry.
In the Midland, Texas, arrest report, police also identified the individuals as linked to a terror cell:

"Evasive responses provided by the subjects, coupled with actions observed by officers at the onset of the contact prompted the notification of local FBI officials to assist in the investigation," the report said. "Upon the arrival of special agents, and as a result of subsequent interviews, it was discovered that members of the group were linked to suspected terrorist cells stationed within the Metroplex."

Law enforcement officials have not elaborated on the information in the report or specified which terrorist group the individuals were allegedly linked to.

In addition, special agents reported that similar incidents centering on the large-scale purchases of tracfones had been reported throughout the nation -- identifying individuals of Middle-Eastern descent as the purchasers."

ABC News is working to confirm the details in the police report.

"Upon conclusion of the initial investigation, three of the suspects were taken into custody on immigration violations, with one individual arrested for possession of marijuana -- the drug having been discovered during the search of the group's vehicle. Also found within the green 2002 Kia van were additional cell phones, the total believed to be approximately 60."
Something smells fishy in Mecca. We need stop such easy access to potential weapons before one of our Muslim friends "reaches out and blows someone up."

[HT: Michelle Malkin]


bbbustard 1/16/2006 12:23:00 PM  

I guess you didn't get a chance to read the Midland newspaper article that Michelle linked to? Or is you ommission of the FBI's comments deliberately deceptive, like Michelle?

Kevin 1/16/2006 05:34:00 PM  

Yeah, I read it. I'm still suspicious of young men of Middle Eastern/South Asian buying hundreds of disposable, hard to trace cell phones. We need to continue investigating this occurance and we need to consider a more responsible method for purchasing potential bomb detonators. Sorry I mean terrorist communication devices. Oops again! I mean disposable untraceable cell phones.

Now really, if Michelle wanted to mislead you or other liberals, would that link from the Midland Reporter Telegram have been anywhere to be found in her post? You say she was hiding information that she linked to. Your accusation makes no sense.

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