Massachusetts Water Resources Authority says someone cut the locks to three hatches at one of its aqueducts in Framingham. The incident occurred at the Hultman Aqueduct, which is one of the two lines that carry drinking water to the Greater Boston area. The three padlocks were cut from separate access hatches located at approximately half-mile intervals along the aqueduct. Police say there is evidence of an attempt to cut a fourth lock.State Police are investigating, though they say “there is no evidence of any crime other than vandalism.”
Last month, State Police stepped up patrols at public water supplies after five men and two women from Pakistan, Singapore and Saudi Arabia were caught trespassing at the Quabbin Reservoir in Belchertown. All seven were allowed to leave and will be summoned to court for trespassing. They claimed they were chemical engineers and recent college graduates interested in water supply.
The seven individuals currently live in Amherst, Cambridge, Sunderland, Northampton and New York City. Did I happen to mention that the seven were caught out there in the middle of the night, in an area clearly marked as “No Trespassing”?
One week prior to the Quabbin Reservoir incident, FBI arrested a Muslim man in New York in connection with a recent terror plot. He was planning to kill as many as 100,000 people by contaminating the air or water supply in a major U.S. city. In that case, Ahmed Abassi, 26, was studying chemical engineering at Laval University in Quebec City, reported by Canada’s CBC News. Abassi’s plan did not materialize beyond discussions, but he also has been linked to Chiheb Esseghaier, one of two Canadian residents arrested in the plot to derail a Via passenger train.
So tell me, am I connecting dots that aren’t there and being ridiculously suspicious? What do you think is going on? Let me know…