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The French-Moroccan Texas Courthouse Break-In

National security news breaks in San Antonio, Texas, as reported by Fox News:

The FBI and local police said Wednesday they were trying to figure out why five French-Moroccan nationals tried to break into a Texas courthouse in the middle of the night.

At least five foreign nationals are in custody after the attempted break-in at the Bexar County Courthouse in San Antonio, which triggered a bomb scare and FBI terror investigation, a source close to the case tells FoxNews.com.

What a strange thing for five French-Moroccans to find themselves doing, in the dead of a Texas night.

FBI agents and a bomb squad were called to the courthouse after three men were found inside the building early Wednesday. 

The men, along with two others who were outside in a rented RV, were arrested by San Antonio police. The five suspects are currently being questioned by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.

“We’re looking into all aspects of these individuals,” FBI spokesman Erik Vasys told FoxNews.com. 

Documents found inside the van showed the men, all in their 20s, had traveled extensively to high-level security facilities around the country, according to local media reports. Investigators also told the Associated Press that 90-day visas, maps, cell phones and computers were found inside the vehicle. 

 (Emphasis mine.)  Although the men reportedly behaved as if intoxicated, this doesn’t sound like a mad adventure they came up with on a lark, while sipping chardonnay and reminiscing about the good old days around the baccarat tables at the Casino le Mirage.

As it happens, the courthouse is located only a few blocks away from the site of the GEOINT Symposium, which CBS News tells us is “the nation’s largest intelligence event of the year”:

The downtown break-in happened blocks away from dozens of U.S. intelligence officials who are in town for an annual convention. Michael Vickers, the undersecretary of defense for intelligence, was scheduled to speak at the conference Wednesday along with Air Force Gen. Robert Kehler, chief of U.S. Strategic Command.

The intelligence conference, called the GEOINT Symposium, started Sunday and bills itself as the “nation’s largest intelligence event of the year.” Anderson said that “daily sweeps” have been conducted at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center because of the conference.

The San Antonio Express-News notes that “the rented RV had California plates but apparently was rented in New Jersey.”  We recently found out Iran was ready to pay $1.5 million to take out a couple of embassies, the Saudi ambassador, and a Washington restaurant.  How much would it cost to put five French-Moroccans in an RV and have them drive from New Jersey to San Antonio… and to what end?


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