Oct 19 2011
five French-Moroccan MUSLIMS in their twenties doing with photos of infrastructure and high tech camera equipment inside the Bexar County Courthouse in San Antonio at around 2:00 AM?
KSAT The men appeared to have entered the country on legal visas from Heathrow airport and had traveled extensively throughout the U.S. According to WOIA radio, officials say the men had “photographs of infrastructure” including photos of shopping malls, water systems, courthouses and other public buildings which they say were taken in cities nationwide.”
The men, who are in their 20s, were detained after sheriff’s officials determined they broke into the building through a door on the fourth floor, sheriff’s officials said. Three men were located inside the building and two were found outside near a recreational vehicle.
Surveillance video showed the men walking into the building with an item in their hands, but they did not have the item when they walked out of the courthouse, sheriff’s officials said. Investigators have not said whether that item was recovered or what it may be.The RV contained several documents and proof the men had been traveling across the country for some time, sheriff’s officials said.
Sources told ABC News that three of the men appear to be of Morroccan MUSLIM descent and are apparently not cooperating with investigators and are refusing to answer questions, sources told ABC News.
The men told authorities they broke into the courthouse to get a scenic view of San Antonio, but investigators said the circumstances surrounding the break-in are suspicious.
Investigators said the men, all in their early 20s, are not U.S. citizens and told investigators they came into the country on Sept. 11, but it wasn’t clear what year they entered the country. Investigators also determined two of the men are on the FBI’s watch list. Their names have not been released.
San Antonio police are investigating whether the break-in at the court house might have ties to an intelligence convention that’s been going on all this week. More than 4,000 people are attending the United States Geospatial Intelligence convention at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.The event focuses on satellites and other tools that are used in the field of national security as a way to keep an eye out for possible terrorist activities.