October 08, 2004
Obvious Questions?

Captain's Quarters and the evening news, among others, have mentioned that at least one terrorist in Iraq has downloaded floorplans for eight different schools in six states of the U.S.

Here's what I want to know:

  1. Is there any pattern in the types of schools listed? Are the students mostly rich kids, poor kids, middle-class kids, a mixture of all three? Is there any pattern in the ethnicity of the students? Are they primary or secondary schools or some of each? Are they near neighborhoods where undercover terrorists might live? Are they conveniently accessible from interstate highways and other likely escape routes? I'm sure there are many other questions that can be asked along these lines. It may be that these are just the few schools short-sighted enough to put their floorplans on the web.
  2. Most important, how many of these eight schools will be used as polling-places in the next election? If the answer is two or three, it may be a coincidence, since schools are often used as polling places. (My last three votes, counting backwards, were in an elementary school, a fire station, and a city park community center.) If the answer is all of them, it's not hard to guess when someone was (and perhaps still is) thinking of attacking these schools. The timing could probably be narrowed down further. An attack on polling places would have the best chance of disrupting a national election if it were done early on election day, but not too early: late enough to catch voters in sufficient numbers to be worth massacring but early enough for those who had not yet voted to hear about it on the news.
Posted by Dr. Weevil at October 08, 2004 11:49 AM