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Friday, November 12, 2004

Have you seen me?

The FBI can't find a gasoline tanker which has been missing since April.
"We're asking the public to be on the lookout for a fuel tanker in a location inconsistent with where you'd typically see an oil or gasoline delivery," FBI spokeswoman Jerri Williams said.

Williams said investigators initially believed the tanker was stolen for parts or to dump toxic waste illegally.

"If that were the case, we would have found the carcass" of the tanker, she said.

"We're very concerned. It's been almost seven months, and we still haven't found it," she said.
Yeah, well you still haven't found the anthrax mailer or the Plame leaker, either. Maybe you could go arrest Richard Jewel again.

Ridiculing the FBI may not be the smartest thing to do, but it sure is fun!

Seriously, the article doesn't say if the tanker was full or empty when it was stolen. I'm guessing empty, or else the motive would seem to be pretty obvious. If it was stolen by people with terror on their minds, I would guess that they would use it more for experimentation than for an actual attack. There are thousands of these trucks rolling down our streets and pulling into our gas stations every day. If a terrorist knew how to quickly release hundreds of gallons of gasoline from one of these, or where the best place would be to locate a cellphone-activated explosive charge, a whole lot of nasty terror could happen very quickly. (It's a good thing for everybody that I'm a peacenik at heart, because if I set my mind to it I could come up with some truly awful schemes! See this post, item 3, for example.)