Follow the Falafel

10:00 AM -- The Department of Homeland Security was, for a while, on chick-pea patrol, according to the Congressional Quarterly Website:

    Like Hansel and Gretel hoping to follow their bread crumbs out of the forest, the FBI sifted through customer data collected by San Francisco-area grocery stores in 2005 and 2006, hoping that sales records of Middle Eastern food would lead to Iranian terrorists.

    The idea was that a spike in, say, falafel sales, combined with other data, would lead to Iranian secret agents in the south San Francisco-San Jose area.

    The brainchild of top FBI counterterrorism officials Phil Mudd and Willie T. Hulon, according to well-informed sources, the project didn’t last long. It was torpedoed by the head of the FBI’s criminal investigations division, Michael A. Mason, who argued that putting somebody on a terrorist list for what they ate was ridiculous — and possibly illegal.

    A check of federal court records in California did not reveal any prosecutions developed from falafel trails...
I'll tell you what: They'll have to pry the baba ghanoush from my cold, stiff fingers.

Next up: French terrorists. Who's been eating snails?

— Larry, Attack Monkey, Light Reading

Larry, Monkey 12/5/2012 | 2:58:56 PM
re: Follow the Falafel The story continues:
"Mason, who is leaving the FBI to become security chief for Verizon, could not be reached for comment."
If that's his attitude, he should be joining their customer service department.
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