Spying suspected at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station

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Spying suspected at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station


The Associated Press

COUPEVILLE Island County Sheriff Michael Hawley confirms a report of possible spying at the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.

The story appears in the Oct. 17 issue of the Washington Times, a daily newspaper in Washington, D.C.

Hawley says on Sept. 10 a Middle Eastern man went to the assessor's office and got plot maps for the property around the Navy base. The FBI is investigating.

The whereabouts of the man is now unknown.

Hawley would not immediately confirm other parts of the Washington Times story - that three Arab men checked into a motel near the air station and the driver's name did not match the name for the rental car; that the men were seen on a beach with fishing gear, but did no fishing; and that they videotaped the Deception Pass bridge.

Whidbey is the base for Prowler radar-jamming planes that operate off carriers. It also is the base for surveillance planes like the one forced down last spring in China.


-- Martin Thompson (mthom1927@aol.com), October 17, 2001


And, how about the Mid-Easterner who, at a truck stop in Kentucky, asked the munitions truck driver where he was going? When the driver did not answer, but simply drove off, he was followed by the mysterious Mid-Easterner all the way to his destination in Pennslvania.

There's more than Twin Towers, Pentagon, a Puget Sound air station, and anthrax afoot here.

-- Wellesley (wellesley@freeport.net), October 18, 2001.

Sounds like munitions or hazardous materials truck hijackings are next.

-- Uncle Fred (dogboy45@bigfoot.com), October 18, 2001.

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