Monday, December 06, 2004

School bus threat, GPS and unions

Today is as good a day as any to once again repeat my earlier warning about the possibility of terrorists hijacking school buses in the U.S.

Months ago, Mark Steyn wrote about a Chechen terrorist that applied for licenses to drive school buses and transport hazardous materials:
Could what happened in Beslan happen in the US? Two months ago, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported on a fellow called Mohamad Kamal Elzahabi, a suspected terrorist who'd fought with his fellow jihadi in Chechnya and somehow wound up in Minnesota, where he'd applied for licences to transport hazardous materials and drive school buses.

In my previous post, I connected this item to the 25 Chechen rebels that may have illegally crossed the Southern U.S. border recently.

I am reminded of all of this by Wizbang's post that describes union opposition to placing GPS locaters on school buses in Boston. Why do unions oppose measures that may help us deal with terrorist attacks on children? The Boston Herald reports one possible motive as a result of their own investigation:
They found buses parked for hours on end, drivers chatting in parking lots, drivers shopping, drivers driving around aimlessly, and in two memorable cases, sleeping on the bus.

Instead of placing blame on Congressmen whose only goal was to add immigration reform to the otherwise useless intel bill, we should remember the role of unions in preventing us from implementing measures that allow us to deal with potential hijacking of school buses as a prelude to a Beslan style massacre.

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