Two recent incidents, both involving natural gas pipelines, point to a possible nationwide terrorism operation being carried out in plain sight but without barely any scrutiny from the corporate media. In particular, both incidents took place prior to the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States when the feeling of angst is highest among the American people.
During the morning of Sunday, September 5, the Effingham County, Georgia Sheriff's Office reported their deputies had arrested three men, two Russian nationals and one Kazakhstan citizen, outside of Georgia Power's partially natural gas-fueled power Plant Macintosh in Springfield, Georgia. According to the Savannah Morning News, the three men were discovered to have inside their SUV, wire cutters, ski masks, black nylon stockings, a shovel, and a machete.
The Effingham County Sheriff's Office contacted the Joint Terrorism Task Force who interviewed the men and promptly released them after questioning. The three were found to be in the United States on valid visas but were released because they were leaving the United States soon. Originally, Effingham law enforcement charged the three men, who lived in Charleston, South Carolina, with "possession of tools during the commission of a crime." However, the nature of the crime was not revealed by local or federal law enforcement officials.
The story of the three men -- Evgeniy Luzhetskiy of Kazakhstan and Nail Idiatullin and Rustem Ibragimov of Russia -- was only carried by the Savannah newspaper and totally ignored by the national media. If the men had been Muslims or Chechens, the story would have been blasted out on Fox and the other cable news networks. Considering the recent round-up of alleged Russian "spies," had the three men been ordinary Russian citizens, the corporate media would have been all over the story. Had the men been Muslim, Arab, or Russian, it is doubtful they would have been released to fly home, wherever "home" may actually be.
However, the Georgia power plant incident, which took place near the Fort Stewart U.S. Army base, from which large groups of U.S. Army soldiers deploy to and return from combat zones abroad, did not register a beat with the national media.
The three men claimed they were "lost" and after questioning by federal authorities, they were released and allowed to return to Charleston. Comments posted on the Savannah Morning News website, SavannahNow.com that suggested the three men were either Israelis using their actual or bogus names were removed by the web site administrator who left only those comments that suggested the three released men were Muslims, Tatars, or Russian nationals.
Nor did the possible connection of the possible saboteurs caught near a power plant fed by natural gas in Georgia to the September 10 natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno, California, near San Francisco International Airport, that killed seven people and completely destroyed scores of homes. Six people remain missing in the neighborhood leveled by the explosion and resulting fire. Some residents reported hearing a rumbling noise prior to the explosion and thought it was either an earthquake or a plane in trouble trying to land at the nearby airport. The cause of the explosion remains unknown and the Pacific gas Electric pipeline was fully inspected just last year.
However, the media has had a checkered past of ignoring such stories when they involve Israeli nationals or nationals of other countries who also have Israeli citizenship. In the months before and after the inside job of 9/11, hundreds of Israeli "art student" door-to-door sales people, furniture movers, mall kiosk vendors, suspicious photographers, and suspected drug dealers were arrested by local police only later to be ordered by the FBI and other federal authorities to release them or permit the federal immigration authorities to deport them back to Israel. Not one case ever went to trial, although some of the incidents took place near a nuclear power plant in Tennessee and major oil refineries and natural gas installations in Houston and Corpus Christi, Texas.