Al-Qaeda is Coming to our County — Maybe

I found this, from the Salida paper, amusing:

Fremont County Sheriff Jim Beicker said Federal Bureau of Investigation authorities have alerted him to the possibility al-Qaeda representatives may be watching his county.

At an annual conference of sheriffs in either 2003 or 2004 in Denver, Beicker said he was “singled out” by an agent from the FBI because of inmates housed in the U.S. Penitentiary in Florence who were involved in masterminding the attack on the World Trade Center in New York.

Beicker said the agent told him, “If you don’t think al-Qaeda has looked at your website and your county, you are wrong.”

Bureau officials were addressing issues related to homeland security at the conference, Beicker said.

Al-Qaeda representatives may have looked at Fremont County because they have “access to the World Wide Web,” he added.

The sheriff said he has spoken at length with a number of Fremont and Chaffee County residents who are worried about al-Qaeda potentially planning an attack during the “Over the River” art exhibit planned for August 2014.

Beicker said what he has said during these conversations has been “taken out of context or misunderstood.

“I am not going to lie to you. We have talked about things,” Beicker said.

He said during the conversations he clarified he does “not have any reason to believe there is some terrorist plan for ‘Over the River.'” He added, “You cannot ignore possibilities in a world like ours.

“I am not sounding that alarm. I am merely saying it would be naïve and short-sighted if I did not consider it.”