FBI Drops Whidbey Island Budget
Truck 'Explosives' Investigation


US Government Again Covering Up For Israelis

Michael Rivero
For those of you who followed the original Israeli Spy Ring story closely, this is an exact repeat, with the FBI denying the initial evidence and rushing to get the suspects out of the country as quickly as possible. Keep in mind that this is the same FBI caught red-handed altering and destroying evidence in the Oklahoma Bombing Case, caught using fraud to manufacture testimony in the Vincent Foster case, published the Black Panther Coloring Book to destroy the early civil rights movement, planted false stories to wreck the career of actress Jean Seberg and drive her to suicide, the same FBI that spies on celebrities to make sure they don't say or do anything the government doesn't like, the same FBI that was all hot and bothered to find the Arab sender of the Anthrax Letters but lost interest when the prime suspect turned out not to be an Arab, etc. etc. etc. so anyone who takes anything the FBI says at face value is an idiot or a government shill, take your pick.
The specific claim is made that residue from the trucks cigarette lighter confused the tests for TNT and RDX. That doesn't explain why the trained bomb sniffing dog, who surely knows the difference between explosives and cigarettes (else he would false-positive every smoker, ashtray, and convenience store he came across) gave the first indications of explosives in the truck that led to the tests in the first place. Likewise, were the chemical tests unable to discriminate between tobacco and TNT/RDX, which are chemically quite different from tobacco combustion products, they would give false positive results for every vehicle ever tested in which smokers had ever ridden. Given the likelihood of finding tobacco residues in any car, such tests would have to be designed to tell the difference.
By Mike Barber
Seattle Post-Intelligencer Reporter

A national cable TV news flash yesterday about the arrest of possible terrorists on Whidbey Island sounded explosive:
The FBI and other federal agents were investigating two Middle Eastern men who were arrested in Oak Harbor last Tuesday after police found traces of TNT and plastic explosive in a rental truck they were driving, the Fox News Channel reported.
The fact that Oak Harbor is near Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, home of the electronic warfare Prowler jets, heightened concerns.
But the FBI said last night it had taken a pass on the case, handing it over to immigration officials after further tests for explosives.
"All were negative," said FBI spokeswoman Melissa Mallon.
The two men came to the attention of authorities when an Oak Harbor police officer stopped them shortly after midnight May 7.
"It was a minor speeding violation," said Oak Harbor police Sgt. Bill Russell.
The officer grew suspicious, however, when one of the men produced only an international driver's license and an expired visa and the other could show no ID at all, Russell said.
And while the men said they were in Oak Harbor only to deliver furniture and were on their way back home to Canada, the officer noted that it was after midnight -- an odd hour for such work.
A bomb-sniffing dog was called in.
According to some reports, the dog indicated that it smelled something interesting in the driver's side of the truck cab, though a search turned up nothing suspicious.
Fox reported that a follow-up test had revealed traces of explosives on the steering wheel and gearshift.
However, a law enforcement source told the Post-Intelligencer that the dog and the first round of tests may have picked up nothing more than residue left by a cigarette lighter.
Border Patrol agents took custody of the two men, who claimed to be Israeli citizens, for investigation of immigration violations.
Garrison Courtney, a spokesman for the Immigration and Naturalization Service, last night said he was uncertain about their status.
Whidbey Island residents have been vigilant about possible terrorism since the Sept. 11 attacks, largely because of the island's large military base and proximity to the border.
In the weeks after Sept. 11, Island County locals flooded emergency centers with reports of Canadian truckers who appeared to be of Middle Eastern descent, said Island County Sheriff's spokeswoman Jan Smith.
Smith said delivery trucks from British Columbia routinely pass through the island on their way to the ferry slip at Keystone, a short-cut to the Olympic Peninsula.
She said the trucks are inspected at the Canadian border and are presumed safe.
In October, Island County Sgt. Mike Beech said the reaction "just shows the effect of Sept. 11.
They may have seen that truck or trucker get off the ferry every day -- but now they are more aware of it."
P-I reporter Chris McGann contributed to this report. P-I reporter Mike Barber can be reached at 206-448-8018 or


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