The discovery in Texas of a jacket featuring an Arabic military badge and an airplane headed toward a tower with the words “Midnight Mission” is fueling fears of a possible connection to terrorism.
Patch depicting plane flying toward tower with words ‘Midnight Mission’
According to a Department of Homeland Security morning brief marked “For official use only,” a report from Customs and Border Protection noted that on Dec. 23, Border Patrol agents stationed in Hebbronville, Texas, found a jacket with an Arabic patch in a lay-up area on Highway 285.
The jacket is said to have a total of three patches, two sewn on the back, and one on the inside.
The two patches on the back were an Arabic military badge and one with the letters “Daiwa,” while the patch on the inside read “Midnight Mission.”
This “Midnight Mission” patch features a logo depicting “an airplane flying over a building and headed towards a tower,” according to the brief.
The military patch with the Arabic writing shows the image of a lion’s head, with wings and a parachute emanating from the animal.
Arabic military patch said to read ‘way to immortality’
The report notes, “DHS translators concluded that the patch read, ‘Defense Center,’ ‘Ministry of Defense,’ or ‘Defense Headquarters.’ The bottom of the patch read ‘Martyr,’ ‘Way to Eternal Life’ or ‘Way to Immortality.'”
The brief also states, “The ‘Daiwa’ patch stands for a corporate company which sells sport fishing products with corporate offices in eight countries including Japan, the U.S., Australia, France, Germany, Taiwan, Thailand, and the UK.”
The report notes the document “may contain initial and preliminary reporting which may or may not be accurate or be supported by corroborative information. The [Homeland Security Operations Center] is actively evaluating the reporting to establish its accuracy and to determine if it represents a possible link to terrorism.”
No one from Border Patrol or Homeland Security was available for comment on the jacket and patches by press time.
The morning briefs produced by DHS are a daily roundup of suspicious activities covering a wide scope of events. Other typical entries logged include the arrests of individuals tied to terrorism, bomb threats at sensitive targets such as oil refineries,
and this month’s train collision and chemical leak in Graniteville, S.C.
The discovery of the jacket comes at a time when defense of U.S. borders and domestic security top the concerns of Americans, according to a recent poll.
Bush continued his push to grant illegal aliens guest-worker status, while a leading member of his own party, Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., has introduced a get-tough crackdown dealing with driver’s licenses, political asylum, deportation and border security.
Meanwhile, James Gilchrist, a retired California businessman is beginning the “Minuteman Project,” with 240 volunteers ready for a month of aerial and ground surveillance on the Arizona-Mexico border.
“This border issue is about all 50 states, not just Arizona or Texas,” Gilchrist told the Washington Times. “It’s about our Constitution and how it applies to all of us.”