“Operation Desert Snow” is coming to Illinois.
That’s the name of a new anti-terrorism program that will train police in
the state to spot possible terrorists in trucks out on the highway.
According to The Associated Press,
the $145,000 taxpayer-funded state program will show Illinois State Police
officers how to conduct detailed roadside interviews, identify suspicious
trucks and figure out if there are hidden storage compartments onboard.
The week-long course is the same one attended recently by 110 Pennsylvania
State Police officers. Corporal Wayne Kline, a public information officer for
the Pennsylvania State Police, said that since completing the course, they
haven’t caught any terrorists driving trucks – but the training has come in
“Three days after the class, one of the participants in the class
actually stopped a U-Haul with, I believe, 33 or 34 kilos of cocaine in it,” Kline said.
According to Kline, training is also available to help officers spot
potential terrorists in 4-wheelers. However, he says the Pennsylvania State Police
haven’t received that training.
– By Reed Black, staff writer