FBI warns of terrorists toting copies of Old Farmers’ Almanac

Boing Boing – by Xeni Jardin 

My country grows stranger by the day. The elderly Italian lady who lives next door to me annotates her almanac to keep track of which moon phases bode best for planting, thinning, or harvesting fresh back yard arugula. Suspicious ways? She’s definitely attempting to maximize the likelihood of operational success through careful planning. If the taste of the fresh, shared greens she drops off on my doorstep in brown paper bags are any proof — it’s working.  

The FBI is warning police nationwide to be alert for people carrying almanacs, cautioning that the popular reference books covering everything from abbreviations to weather trends could be used for terrorist planning.In a bulletin sent Christmas Eve to about 18,000 police organizations, the FBI said terrorists may use almanacs “to assist with target selection and pre-operational planning.” It urged officers to watch during searches, traffic stops and other investigations for anyone carrying almanacs, especially if the books are annotated in suspicious ways. “The practice of researching potential targets is consistent with known methods of al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations that seek to maximize the likelihood of operational success through careful planning,” the FBI wrote.

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Boing Boing editor/partner and tech culture journalist Xeni Jardinhosts and produces Boing Boing’s in-flight TV channel on Virgin America airlines (#10 on the dial), and writes about living with breast cancer. Diagnosed in 2011. @xeni on Twitter. email:xeni@boingboing.net.


10 thoughts on “FBI warns of terrorists toting copies of Old Farmers’ Almanac

    1. When i read krap like this article states what the fbi is warning leo’s to look for, i am reminded that living behind the iron curtain was a walk in the park compared to what we are dealing with NOW. to all you fbi/cia/leo’s out there reading this site: when is it going to be enough oppression and treasonous conduct emanating from this criminal u.s. govt….when will it be enough for you to say ENOUGH? to stop this incremental terrorism-by-oppression tactics of the criminal fed-gov? or are you just in it for your paycheck if so/pathetic. i remind you of your oath of office.
      is it really necessary to state that the people running the criminal fed-gov are the very kooks who have escaped the insane asylum and you are protecting and furthering their insane agenda?

    1. …and they will confiscate your almanacs and all the arugula, too! I can only hope you are seated elsewhere when they arrive!



  2. Looks like the Fake Bomb Investigators are at it again. “We gotta stop the fake Muslim terrorists armed with those deadly Almanacs.” Pffffft!

  3. ROLMFAO!!! This is hilarious!

    Man, there ain’t nothing these bastards won’t do to control us. This is pure proof. It will never end. I don’t know whether to laugh or be angry. This country, if not this world, is so far from reality that I don’t even know why I bother anymore. CHILDREN! MERE CHILDREN are running this world. We are allowing ourselves to be controlled by MERE CHILDREN!!!

    I just don’t understand it. It’s like living in the movie, “Idiocracy”.

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