CNN special to feature Virginia Tech police chief
Chief Foust talks about his role in the arrest of a terrorist in 1993
BLACKSBURG, Va. – An area law enforcement member is in the national spotlight this weekend. CNN is airing a special report Saturday at 9 p.m. featuring Virginia Tech Police Chief Kevin Foust.
Foust says it includes new documents, though nothing earth-shattering, on the deadly 1985 hijacking of a Egyptian commercial plane, EgyptAir Flight 648, and the events afterward.
Foust was an FBI special agent. He and his partner captured Omar Mohammed Ali Rezaq overseas and later arrested him on American soil in 1993. Rezaq, a member of a terrorist group, got out of jail seven years after taking part in the hijacking off the coast of Italy that left 61 people dead.
Foust says this case was different, and it’s often difficult for him to talk about it.
“Up until the time I worked on this case, I never really got emotionally involved in a case,” he said. “I was always able to keep my emotions out of it.”
Rezaq received a life sentence.
“I think one of the things that makes me the most proud is it's a prime example of the willingness of the American government and the American legal system to never give up,” he said.
He says he was happy to be in the special because he thinks it’s important to talk about fighting terrorism.
“Yeah, I think it is. It is history. It's a part of U.S. history. It's interesting to see how terrorist tactics have evolved over the years,” he said. “It also serves as a stark reminder to all of us that we can never let our guard down when it comes to terrorism.”
He says as terrorism has evolved so has Americans’ perception of threats.
“For millennials and others who weren't alive in 1985, and aren't familiar with these things, it's good for them to see that it's not a recent phenomenon. This has been going on for years and years and years,” he said.
He says he's pleased with how CNN constructed this special. It will include comments from people who survived the 1985 incident.
He says he'll probably watch tomorrow night, even though he's already seen it, and even though he says he doesn't like seeing himself on TV.
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