Remnants of Tropical Storm Alberto Detained by ICE

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

(AP)Late Tuesday night, federal agents detained the remnants of Tropical Storm Alberto on suspected violations of Immigration laws in a joint operation between agents of ICE– Immigration and Customs Enforcement– and the US Secret Service.

Officials said they were acting on a “credible threat relayed to ICE by the NSA that was the result of domestic monitoring of NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) communications.”

Alberto was tracked to North Carolina, where, according to officials, he was “blending in with the legitimate American weather.”

This is believed to be the first instance of the government detaining a weather system on alleged Immigration charges.

Calls to the ICE were not immediately returned, and a telephone outage prevented comment from the NSA.

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