Cheat-Seeking Missles

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Missing Sphinxes

Flopping Aces passes along this report:
U.S. authorities are searching for 11 Egyptian men who arrived in the United States last month but failed to turn up at Montana State University for a scheduled academic program.

According to the FBI and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, the men were among a larger group of students who arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York from Cairo on July 29 with valid visas.

FBI Special Agent Richard Kolko said there is no threat associated with the men.

A law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity said the men are between 18 and 22 years old.

Great. The country that brought us the Muslim Brotherhood -- a group even more vicious than the Aryan Brotherhood -- has now infiltrated us with these 11 young Muslims ... with no threat associated with them?!

But wait. There's more. I wondered why all 11 would book their visas with Montana State University in mind. Could it be so that if their first attempts at terrorism didn't pan out too well, they could learn how to do it better? Here's MSU's write up on its mechanical engineering program:

Engineers design, build, develop, maintain, and modify the tools of our technological society. The profession of engineering can be broken into several branches including electrical and electronic, chemical, civil, industrial, petroleum, and mechanical.

In the broadest terms, mechanical engineering is concerned with the conversion, transmission, and use of energy. Of the four basic forms of energy - thermal, mechanical, chemical and electromagnetic - the mechanical engineer is primarily concerned with thermal and mechanical energy. These "tracks" of mechanical engineering - thermal sciences and mechanics - make mechanical engineering one of the most diverse fields of engineering, with a tremendously wide variety of career opportunities.

What sort of career opportunities? The school provided a helpful link to this:
Mechanical engineers design power plants, airplanes, spacecraft, automobiles, heating and air-conditioning systems, conveyors, recreation equipment and elevators. They are employed as environmental engineers, nuclear engineers, and railway engineers.
While "terrorist" is not listed as a career opportunity, doesn't all this sound like just the sort of knowledge base an Islamofascist needs in order to wreak maximum havok? Maybe we'd better be more worried if they actually show up for class.

hat-tip: Jim
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