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Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States

Raised in Palouse, WA. Graduated from Washington State University. US Army (Counterintelligence). US Secret Service (Technical Security Division) in Fantasyland-on-the-Potomac and Los Angeles. Now living in north Idaho.

Monday, January 03, 2005

Upwardly Mobile On the Terrorist Target List

Thanks to The Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company's (BNSF) failure to provide containment on the Hauser refueling station's wastewater pipes, the terrorists of the world may now know how an oily sheen on our drinking water could cast a net of terror in the Inland Northwest. Sitting over the Spokane Valley - Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer that provides drinking water to 400,000 people, the BNSF refueling station with its 500,000 gallons of petroleum product in Hauser is a target of increased stature. If it wasn't on a terrorist target list, it is now. And if it was on the list, it's no doubt been moved up.

"We apologize for this incident, and reaffirm our commitment to protection of the aquifer," BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas said in a press release.

Apparently the terms "critical infrastructure" and "commitment to protection of the aquifer" are equally foreign to the BNSF.


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