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(Eleven) Egyptian Students Vanish In NY

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"EGYPTIAN STUDENTS VANISH IN BIG APPLE
Source New York Post 
"August 8, 2006 -- Eleven Egyptian students who were supposed to travel to a Montana university after flying to JFK airport late last month disappeared in New York, spurring federal authorities to issue a nationwide alert, officials said yesterday.
The students - who were traveling with six classmates from Mansoura University in Egypt - had their student visas revoked for failing to show up at Montana State University in Bozeman, the officials said.
The other six students made it to the college.
"The FBI and ICE [Immigration and Custom Enforcement] would like to locate these 11 students in order to speak with them," said FBI Special Agent Richard Kolko after the "be-on-the-lookout" alert was issued to all police in the United States.
Kolko said there is no reason to believe the missing students, all men around 20 years old, represent a threat.
"At this point, all they have done is not show up for a scheduled academic program, and their visas have been revoked," Kolko said.
"We do not know of any association with any terrorist or criminal groups. There is no threat associated with these men. We have simply asked law enforcement's assistance in locating them so that the FBI and ICE may interview them."
Rep. Peter King (R-L.I.), who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, said the situation "has to be taken very seriously."
"Having a number of students from an Arab country arriving on student visas and disappearing is cause for concern," he said.
Montana State University Provost David Dooley said 17 Mansoura University students signed up for a 32-day cultural-exchange program to intensively study English, learn about Montana history and go on several field trips.
They arrived at JFK on a flight from Egypt on July 29, but only one managed to clear immigration in time to make a connecting flight, Dooley said.
By July 31, five others had arrived in Bozeman, but the rest were unaccounted for.
Dooley said the ones who showed up "were not certain about the status of their fellow students and why they haven't made it."
MSU alerted federal Homeland Security and Mansoura officials and notified the students via e-mail they had 24 hours to show up in Bozeman. None of them did, Dooley said.
He added, "We're very disappointed by this. It would be regrettable if the misadventures or irresponsibility of a number of students damaged these kinds of programs."

Officials at the Egyptian Consulate in New York and the Egyptian Embassy in Washington, D.C., said they were unfamiliar with the situation. "
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Comments

1.
csfbComment by csfb - August 8, 2006, 2:09 pm
Well, maybe those "students" never really had the intention to abide by their visas.
2.
Rick GComment by Rick G - August 8, 2006, 5:59 pm
Weren't the 11 others who murdered 3,000 Americans also here on student visas?

What's it going to take to put a stop to this expressway for terrorists entering our country? Why do we feel the need to offer visas to people from a region and ethnicity who openly call for our destruction and death?

I'll take a Mexican swimming the Rio Grande any day. They won't be flying jet airplanes into tall buildings.
3.
konaneComment by konane - August 8, 2006, 6:44 pm
When the PC left gets a grip realizing that 9-11 was brought about by Muslim terrorists, that Muslim terrorist have declared "death to the US" many times, then we just may be able to manage the situation.

What concerns me is this previous post. I wonder how many have been dispatched from the Middle East.

"Asian suicide bombers dispatched to attack Jewish interests

www.chinaview.cn 2006-08-04 09:33:36

CANBERRA, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- More than 200 Southeast Asian suicide bombers have been dispatched around the world with a mission to attack Jewish interests in countries that support Israel, one of the leading Australian newspapers quoted a radical Jakarta-based organization as saying Friday.
These countries include Britain, the United States and possibly Australia, said the daily The Australian.

The newspaper said Asian Muslim Youth Movement (AMYM), a radical Jakarta-based organization, gave it details of the plot Thursday.

: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-08/04/content_4917629.htm
4.
KonformthismfsComment by Konformthismfs - August 8, 2006, 7:17 pm
We bring the world in on student visa's so we can have first choice on the world's smartest. Therefore we'll have first choice on all new technologies. The one's that won't convert to our side, we know who they are and where they went and what they learned.
If the real figures were ever released we'd probably find the rio grande swimmers are more dangerous. Sure they don't fly airplanes, but the everyday incidents add up fast and i'm sure the real numbers would be staggering...

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