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02-10-2005, 09:42 AM
Report: FAA had many pre-9/11 warnings

Commission criticizes FAA's 'false sense of security', NY Times saysThe Associated Press

Updated: 4:00 a.m. ET Feb. 10, 2005NEW YORK - Federal Aviation Administration officials received 52 warnings prior to Sept. 11, 2001, from their own security experts about potential al-Qaida attacks, including some that mentioned airline hijackings or suicide attacks, The New York Times reported.

The Times said in Thursday editions that a previously undisclosed report by the 9/11 commission that investigated the suicide airliner attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon detailed warnings given to FAA leaders from April to Sept. 10, 2001, about the radical Islamic terrorist group and its leader, Osama bin Laden.

The commission report, written last August, said five security warnings mentioned al-Qaida’s training for hijackings and two reports concerned suicide operations not connected to aviation.
The Times said that a classified version and a partially declassified version of the 120-page report were given to the National Archives two weeks ago. The Times story cited the declassified version of the document.

Al Felzenberg, former spokesman for the 9/11 commission, which went out of business last summer, said the government had not completed review of the report for declassification purposes until recently. He said the Justice Department delivered the two versions of the document to the Archives.

An Archives spokeswoman said the unclassified version of the document was not yet available Wednesday night.

FAA 'lulled into a false sense of security'
The Times gave these highlights from the commission report:
Aviation officials were “lulled into a false sense of security” and “intelligence that indicated a real and growing threat leading up to 9/11 did not stimulate significant increases in security procedures.”

It takes the FAA to task for not expanding the use of in-flight air marshals or tightening airport screening for weapons. It said FAA officials were more concerned with reducing airline congestion, lessening delays and easing air carriers’ financial problems than thwarting a terrorist attack.

Information in this report was available to members of the 9/11 commission when they issued their public report last summer. That report itself contained criticisms of FAA operations.

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02-10-2005, 05:41 PM
Maybe they should do a follow up about the Deputy Director of the FBI who was pursuing Osama Bin Laden and was told to stop investigating Osama in the months leading up to the attacks and ultimately relieved from duty.

Don't worry everyone, he landed on his feet, as the head of security at the Trade Towers. His first day on the job was September 11, 2001.


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