Immigration officials have now picked up all but two of the 11 Egyptian exchange students who came to the U.S. for a summer course in Montana but never showed up for classes.Federal officials continue to say that the students are not considered terrorism risks.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents tracked three of the students to Des Moines. They were arrested at about 8 p.m. Friday, and are being held in the Polk County Jail.
Others were picked up earlier in New Jersey, Maryland, Chicago and Minnesota. They were part of a group of 17 who arrived in New York July 29 en route to a month-long program at Montana State University in Bozeman. Six reported on time, but the 11 others were no-shows.
However, Northeast Intelligence Network. earlier posted a copy of a FBI BOLO that they obtained will background on the missing Egyptians. The following is an excerpt of that BOLO:
The eleven students were part of an original group of 20 students attending the summer program at the identified U.S. University in Montana through an exchange program with Mansoura University in Alexandria, Egypt. Of the (original) 20 applicants, three students were denied a U.S. visas (this is news to me.) Six of the remaining seventeen students reported to the identified U.S. University during the period of 30 July 2006 through 31 July 2006. All seventeen students were passengers aboard Egypt Airlines Flight 985, and entered the United States at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, New York, on 29 July 2006.You may view the FBI BOLO at Northeast Intelligence Network. The authenticity of the FBI BOLO has not yet been verified.
This case continues to have strange goings on. I have yet to put my finger on it (the odd ring to this unfolding story.) The FBI continuously downplays the event and is noticeably vague when releasing information about the missing students. Northeast Intelligence Network obtained pictures of the missing students and an FBI BOLO, but, our mainstream press did not run them.
As I said in an earlier post, either the FBI does not know anything, or, there is a situation that we are not supposed to be privy to. Has an OPSEC blanket been thrown over this case of the AWOL exchange students? Why were 3 of the original 20 students denied visas? Why are these significant items of interest not being reported in the mainstream press?
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