View Full Version : Your Homeland Security Dollars at work

Two's in
10th Aug 2006, 02:19
17 Egyptian students turn up in New York for a course in Montana, a week later some genius realizes that only 6 have arrived. That's when the nationwide dragnet begins to discover if they were international terrorists or just really crap at map reading. Hoping it's the latter, but at least the Grannies with the nail files are still getting pulled. Is this paranoia about being accused of racial profiling being taken the point where Homeland Security is just a joke, or just some good old xenophobia ? (probably not even a word in Montana).



Three Egyptian students who were being sought for failing to turn up for an exchange program at Montana State University were taken into custody Wednesday, more than a week after they arrived in the United States.

One student was arrested in Minnesota, and two others surrendered to authorities in New Jersey. They were among 11 students being sought by law enforcement after they failed to attend a monthlong program on the English language and U.S. history and culture in Bozeman, Mont., the FBI said.

Eslam Ibrahim Mohamed El-Dessouki, 21, was taken into custody in Minneapolis on an immigration violation. Two other students _ Mohamed Ragab Mohamed Abd Alla and Ebrahim Mabrouk Moustafa Abdou, both 22 _ surrendered to police in Manville, N.J., after hearing media reports that they were wanted, FBI spokesman Steven Siegal said.

Eight students remain at large. They arrived in New York on July 29 as part of a group of 17 students. Six students reported to Bozeman on time.

The missing students pose no terrorism threat, the FBI said.

Hamvi Kassab, a Minneapolis grocer who said he is El-Dessouki's uncle, told television station KSTP that his nephew was in town to visit relatives and to inquire about attending the University of Minnesota.

Montana State repeatedly tried to contact the missing students. When that failed, the school notified Homeland Security officials and registered the Egyptians as "no-shows" in the system developed after the Sept. 11 attacks to track foreign students.

The government tightened the student visa process after the attacks. One of the hijackers involved in the attacks had arrived in the U.S. with a student visa, and immigration officials approved student visas for two other hijackers after they entered the country. A fourth attended flight training school without a student visa.

13th Aug 2006, 12:54
They were among 11 students being sought by law enforcement after they failed to attend a monthlong program on the English language Wouldn't it make more sense to go to the UK to learn English or don't they speak it anymore? They have trouble spelling in the US.