Sunday, April 22, 2012

Federal investigators probe records of college students in wake of terrorist attacks

A real find from the archives of The Traverse City Record-Eagle---with the operative paragraph highlighted in yellow---and you can just call me Miss Kitty, in thanks. It's exactly what the control matrix needs to suppress, with their endless active agency. A notice of their unwarranted invasion of college student's privacy, founded on staged episodic terrorism, and certainly shared with a hegemonic Israel for that kind of total informational awareness. You don't think a score of Secret Service agents would get toasted and go whoring in Cartenega if there really was the possibility of a threat, do you? That's all been taken care of in advance now--along with divvying up the narco-dollars that go into the shared Saudi oil till. The only "cultural" issue in this game is in getting caught, which is rarely a problem.

So, if you're young and find you can't make a success of yourself in the world without playing by these rules, now you know why. And you thought the draft was bad.

September 28, 2001, Associated Press, Federal investigators probe records of college students in wake of terrorist attacks

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Investigators are reviewing the records of students at colleges and universities from California to Rhode Island as they probe the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, said education officials.

Several of California's state college campuses have received requests to turn over certain records, officials said. Most were for specific students.

However, the FBI asked for a list of all foreign students attending Fresno State University, said Colleen Bentley-Adler, spokeswoman for the 23-campus California State University system.

"We're cooperating with the FBI and turning over the records," she said Thursday.

At least four Utah colleges have turned over records of some aviation and foreign students. College administrators there said the FBI requested data on specific students, including names, addresses, birth dates and confirmation of attendance.

"I've spoken with three or four agents in the past week and a half," said Loren Evans, registrar at Salt Lake Community College. Evans said agents were interested in the immigration status of about 20 students.

University of Rhode Island spokeswoman Linda Acciardo said the school had received a general subpoena from a federal grand jury in Boston that did not name specific students.

Schools are generally barred from releasing students' records without their written permission. But many in this instance are turning over the information without protest, based on a U.S. Department of Education interpretation of the 1974 privacy law.

Department spokeswoman Lindsey Kozberg said the agency is advising schools they can release the information under a "health or safety emergency" exemption. The exception is believed to have been used only once before, after the 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City federal bombing.

Kozberg said the department has received calls from about 30 schools seeking guidance on how to handle subpoenas for student records.

She and education officials declined to provide details or names of students whose records are being studied. A spokeswoman at FBI headquarters in Washington refused to comment.

At least four California students are being held as material witnesses because they are believed to have ties to three hijackers who lived in San Diego prior to helping fly a commercial jetliner into the Pentagon.

Compare that interpretation of the "rules" with a different one three days previous---and concerning departed students!

September 25, 2001, Associated Press, Arab students leaving U.S. colleges and universities, going home to parents worried of war
By the Associated Press

Around the United States, scores of Arab students have dropped out of college and left the country, many of them after being called home by parents fearful of war and anti-Arab sentiment following the terrorist attacks.

Some 47 students from the United Arab Emirates have quit Washington State University in Pullman, Wash. There are also reports of about 100 Arab students leaving other U.S. colleges in the wake of the Sept. 11 suicide hijackings.

"There are some students who feel anxiety," said Shafeeq Ghabra, spokesman for the Kuwaiti Embassy in Washington, D.C. "Their parents back home in Kuwait are more anxious than they are. Some would like to be together with their children."

While it is unclear exactly how many Arab students are leaving, it appears that the vast majority are staying. Of the 570,000 foreign students in the United States, about 40,000 of them are from Arab countries, according to the American Council on Education.

One of the biggest exoduses appears to be from Washington State, which has a total of 18,000 students.

"For the most part it's because their parents want them back," said Ranna Daud, 20, head of the Muslim Student Association at WSU.

Daud, an Arab-American raised in Pullman, said there has been no violence against the students, though some have been harassed verbally.

Efforts to contact some of the departing students were not successful because colleges would not release their names.

The Saudi government is providing free airfare to students who wish to go home. Those who choose to do so will not lose their government scholarships.

Kuwait has more than 3,000 students in the United States, Ghabra said. "We have encouraged students to stay," he said.

Those who are afraid to stay in the United States are getting Kuwaiti government assistance to come home, but are being asked to return to this country for the spring semester, said Ghabra, who has a daughter who is a junior at American University in Washington, D.C.

"There were some difficult times for her in the first days, but she is over it," he said. "My daughter is staying on and her friends are staying on."

However, more than 30 Arab students were reported to have left American University.


- About two dozen Arab students have left both the University of Missouri and the University of Colorado at Denver.

- Up to 30 students from Arab countries have left California State University, Long Beach.

- Four Middle Eastern students have left the University of Arizona.

- At Boston University, five Arab students have left.

- Three students from the United Arab Emirates have withdrawn from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma.

At Montana State University in Bozeman, all the Arab students appear to be staying, said Abdullah Bahazig, head of the university's Muslim Student Association. The school usually has about 30 Arab students a year.

"I think Bozeman is one of the safest places in the U.S. for an international student," Bahazig said.

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