A small college in New Hampshire that is known for its flight school has found its course offerings reprinted in a Pakistani newspaper. From AP, with thanks to Miss Moneypenney:
NASHUA (AP) — Officials at Daniel Webster College, known for its aviation program, are puzzled about an extensive listing of the college’s offerings that appeared in an English-language newspaper in Pakistan, a refuge for al-Qaida terrorists.
“Nobody knew about it,” said Annette Kurman, the college’s director of public relations. “We saw the copy and were surprised.”
Several al-Qaida terrorists attended U.S. flight schools before hijacking the airliners used in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
But Kurman told The Telegraph of Nashua the school’s enrollment processes would prevent any extremists with ill intentions from attending.
She said the school’s flight programs are for traditional undergraduates, young people no older than their early 20s, and that potential terrorists attending the college “wouldn’t be an issue.”
Hmm. I’d like to know more about these screening procedures. Almost certainly they’re being eyed by jihadists in Pakistan as a training source. What if the potential terrorists are traditional undergraduates, young people no older than their early 20s?
In Pakistan, Rizwan Ashraf, manager for the Nawa-e-Waqt newspaper group, told The Associated Press yesterday he could not comment immediately on the listing or who placed it….Ashraf said the advertisement section of the office has closed for the day and promised a reply today.
The listing is virtually a verbatim copy of Daniel Webster College’s “quick facts” guide on the school’s Web site. Kurman said the listing is taken directly from the college’s “collateral material” or “view book.”
It describes the school’s character and its location in southern New Hampshire.