Monday, August 14, 2006

Breaking News: All AWOL Egyptian Students in Custody

According to Yahoo News: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)agents arrested the remaining two AWOL exchange students at an apartment building in Richmond, Virginia last evening (Sunday night.)

For a recap of the events, last Wednesday, one of the Egyptian students was arrested in Minneapolis and two were detained in Manville, N.J. On Thursday, two were arrested in Dundalk, Md., and one was arrested at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. Three more were arrested Friday in Des Moines, Iowa.

The students were to attend a month long program at Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont. A group of 17 students arrived in New York on July 29. Six reported to Bozeman on time as they were supposed to. Why the remaining 2/3 of the students chose to go missing has yet to be revealed.

When it was obvious that something was wrong, Montana State University notified Department of Homeland Security officials about the missing Egyptian exchange students. DHS has a system in place to track foreign students who do not comply with their student visas. The tracking system was developed after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Federal officials continue to put out the caveat that none of the students pose a terrorism risk.

You may view the original FBI BOLO provided courtesy of Northeast Intelligence Network. The authenticity of the FBI BOLO has not yet been verified.

This case certainly has been rather strange. The FBI continuously downplayed the event and was noticeably vague when releasing information about the missing students. Northeast Intelligence Network obtained pictures of the missing students and an FBI BOLO, but, of course our mainstream press was asleep and did not run them.

One question I would like to see answered, "Why were 3 of the original 20 students who applied denied visas?"

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