The Big 12 football conference is tightening security measures around its stadiums. Now I can’t help but notice that these new security measures closely follow the suicide of Joel Hinrichs by explosion outside the football stadium in Oklahoma.
I have been following that case in all its strange permutations: he apparently had jihad material, bomb-making material, and a Muslim roommate. He had a beard like one a convert to Islam would have. But his father says he was not a Muslim and the local MSA says they don’t know him, and no conclusive proof has been found indicating that he was indeed a Muslim. His death has been universally portrayed by officials and the mainstream media as an individual suicide, albeit in a rather bizarre fashion. I can’t recall ever before hearing of anyone committing suicide by blowing himself up except for Muslims who intended to take as many others with them as possible.
But if he was just a lone nut with a random target, and the local Muslims saw nothing and know nothing, why tighten security at the stadiums? Or do authorities suspect that a plot may be afoot akin to efforts last year to launch jihad at a British soccer stadium?
“New Stadium Security Policies Announced: Texas Tech Athletics has announced new security measures for Jones SBC Stadium that will go into effect immediately,” from the Texas Tech Athletics page, with thanks to Bob:
Texas Tech and the Big 12 Conference are increasing stadium security around the league due to concerns over recent events and the conference policy of making each stadium as safe and secure as possible. The following changes will be made beginning with the Kansas State game this weekend.
Effectively immediately, the screening of individuals and their possessions when entering Jones SBC Stadium will be more stringent than in past games.
BAGS, BACKPACKS and/or similar items will not be allowed inside the Stadium.