I don’t know what to make of this school terror alert story.
Schools in six states in particular are being watched closely based on information uncovered by the U.S. military in Baghdad this summer, law enforcement and education officials told ABC News.
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.
Why would a terrorist single out these small and medium-sized towns? Did the school districts post an unusual amount of security information online? School officials in these towns must feel completely helpless. They’re not equipped to fight off terrorists.
Update: San Diego apparently is one of the California districts. It’s a major city. But how does it fit in with Birch Run or Gray?
Another update: This CNN story mentioned by commenter Chris is reassuring:
The Department of Homeland Security official said the material was associated with a person in Iraq, and it could not be established that this person had any ties to terrorism. He did have a connection to civic groups doing planning for schools in Iraq, the official said.
The guy’s probably looking for tips on school design.