March 16, 2007

FBI: Extremists Might Be Driving Your Kids To School, But Don't Worry About It

Yeah, this is comforting:

Members of extremist groups have signed up as school bus drivers in the United States, counterterror officials said Friday, in a cautionary bulletin to police. An FBI spokesman said "parents and children have nothing to fear."

Asked about the alert notice, the FBI's Rich Kolko said "there are no threats, no plots and no history leading us to believe there is any reason for concern," although law enforcement agencies around the country were asked to watch out for kids' safety.

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 was sent Friday as part of what officials said was a routine FBI and Homeland Security Department advisory to local law enforcement.

Look, either extremists are a threat--hence the advisory--or they aren't. Informing law enforcement to watch out for known members of extremist groups driving school buses--I'll read this as terrorists until someone gives me good reason not to--and then telling parents not to worry is asinine.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at March 16, 2007 03:11 PM

Just one more reason to homeschool.

Posted by: Mrs. PurpleRaider at March 16, 2007 07:57 PM

For sure its those radical southern baptists.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at March 16, 2007 09:20 PM

I saw my kids' bus driver in the deli with a ham sandwich. I think we're ok.

Posted by: crosspatch at March 16, 2007 11:03 PM