Threat seen in Saudi women trying to learn to drive | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Threat seen in Saudi women trying to learn to drive

Posted By on Wed, Sep 12, 2012 at 2:41 PM

WOMEN BEHIND THE WHEEL: The ban on Saudi women driving in their home country is controversial. It apparently causes some concern in Arkansas, too.
  • Morocco World News
  • WOMEN BEHIND THE WHEEL: The ban on Saudi women driving in their home country is controversial. It apparently causes some concern in Arkansas, too.
The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management issued a general threat warning recently based on a report from a driving school in Northwest Arkansas that 20 Saudi Arabian women were seeking driving lessons.

They were students at the University of Arkansas. Cooler heads decided there was nothing to worry about.

According to the Department of Emergency Management, the students e-mailed the school Sept. 3 requesting driving lessons, but did not respond to a query for more information. The e-mail came from the Saudi students organization at the University of Arkansas.

But the fact that female Saudi students wanted to learn how to drive — which is prohibited in their country — was not deemed a credible threat by any of the agencies that ADEM contacted about the driving school's report. That would be the Department of Homeland Security, the ATF, the TSA, FEMA, the FBI and the Secret Service. (See jump for text of DEM report.)

Kimma Harper, president of the driving academy, declined to talk to the Times right away, saying she needed to check with someone and call back. We also couldn't reach any of the Saudi students. We don't know yet if any lessons have begun.

Chad Stover, the public information officers for ADEM, said it was probably the number involved that triggered the threat message. He said the checklist that ADEM uses before it issues such an alert does not use nationality as a trigger. He said the duty officers who take the calls take into account the concerns of the caller. "If they were worried about 20 Baptists [for example], we would have gotten involved in the same way," he said.

"We would encourage people to get driving lessons," he said.

TEXT OF EMAIL SENT TO ARKANSAS LAW AGENCIES BY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

Public Threat - General Benton Co

The Driving Academy of Northwest Arkansas reported 20 Saudi Arabian women are requesting to learn how to drive. She received an email requesting driving training on September 3. She replied back on September 5 stating she had some questions for them. They haven't answered back. They stated in their request that they are with the Saudi Students Organization at University of Arkansas. (Notified: Local Coordinator, Area Coordinator, Deputy Director, Director, Hazmat Program Manager, PIO, Fusion Center, ATF, Department of Homeland Security Protective Security Adviser, ESF 2, ESF 8, FBI, FEMA Region VI, JTTF, TSA, U.S. Secret Service)

Tags: ,


Favorite

Comments (13)

Showing 1-13 of 13

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-13 of 13

Add a comment

More by Leslie Newell Peacock

  • Windgate gifts to Arts Center endow curatorial positions, support future: UPDATE

    Arkansas Arts Center Interim Director Laine Harber announced today that the Windgate Charitable Foundation had made an "exciting gift" to endow the Arts Center's curatorial positions. John Brown, the senior adviser to the foundation, confirmed this afternoon that the curatorial endowment is part of a $5 million operating endowment granted the Arts Center at the end of 2017.
    • Aug 20, 2018
  • UA professor wins $3.4 million grant

    A University of Arkansas professor and his team will develop a device to link solar power arrays to the national power grid thanks to a $3.4 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy.
    • Aug 20, 2018
  • Kaleidoscope Film Festival continues

    And much more.
    • Aug 16, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Tom Cotton's influence on Trump's new security chief

    U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton is getting credit for pushing President Donald Trump to select Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser, Politico reports.
    • Feb 21, 2017
  • Trump's strangulation of Obamacare

    If he can't kill it outright, Donald Trump will do all he can to cripple Obamacare. Vox has detailed reporting on deep cuts in federal spending that support nonprofit agencies that help people sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
    • Sep 18, 2017
  • Free Zinn book for Arkansas teachers

    Arkansas teachers! Get your free Howard Zinn book here! Whether Kim Hendren likes it or not.
    • Mar 3, 2017

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Slideshows

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation