1/15/2006

Midland cellphone terrorism story bogus

"There is no known link or demonstrated link or any other kind of link at this point between the people here and any terror cell," [the FBI] said.

ABC nightly news mentions Midland in terrorism story |
Ryan Myers
Staff Writer
Midland Reporter-Telegram
01/13/2006

n a story Thursday about a potential link between terrorism and purchases of disposable cell phones, ABC Nightly News mentioned the purchase of a large quantity of cell phones in December from a Midland Wall-Mart.

According to Bill Vanderland, agent in charge of Midland's FBI office, no laws were broken when a group of men attempted to purchase a large number of cell phones from the Wal-Mart in the 200 block of Interstate 20 Dec. 18.

However, FBI agents responded to the incident at the request of the Midland Police Department, which was alerted to the attempted purchase by Wal-Mart employees.

Several members of the group were detained, Vanderland said, when authorities discovered they did not possess necessary immigration documents.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents ultimately charged one man for an immigration violation, Vanderland said, and two others were released after producing appropriate documents.

ABC's Thursday story also asserted a link between a suspected terrorist cell and the men attempting to purchase cell phones in Midland.

According to an MPD incident report quoted in an ABC online report paralleling Thursday's televised Nightly News story, "it was discovered that members of the group were linked to suspected terrorist cells stationed within the Metroplex."

However Vanderland said Thursday after the ABC report aired that assertions of a connection between a terror cell and the men who attempted to purchase cell phones from a Midland Wal-Mart were invalid.

"There is no known link or demonstrated link or any other kind of link at this point between the people here and any terror cell," he said.

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