Former FAA agents are claiming to have told Senator John Kerry information about lax security at Logan International months before the hijacking.
From the New York Post:
SEN. John Kerry boasts how he “sounded the alarm on terrorism years before 9/ 11,” referring to his 1997 book “The New War.” Too bad he didn’t blast it when it really counted – four months before the hijackings, when he was hand-delivered evidence of serious security breaches at Logan International Airport, with specific warnings that terrorists could exploit them.
Former FAA security officials say the Massachusetts senator had the power to prevent at least the Boston hijackings and save the World Trade Center and thousands of lives, yet he failed to take effective action after they gave him a prophetic warning that his state’s main airport was vulnerable to multiple hijackings.
“He just did the Pontius Pilate thing and passed the buck” on back through the federal bureaucracy, said Brian Sullivan, a retired FAA special agent from the Boston area who in May 2001 personally warned Kerry that Logan was ripe for a “jihad” suicide operation possibly involving “a coordinated attack.”
Rewind to May 6, 2001. That night, a Boston TV station (Fox-25) aired reporter Deborah Sherman’s story on an undercover investigation at Logan that Sullivan and another retired agent helped set up. In nine of 10 tries, a crew got knives and other weapons through security checkpoints – including the very ones the 9/11 hijackers would later exploit.
The next day, Sullivan fired off a two-page letter to Kerry highlighting the systemic failures…
More than 11 weeks later, Kerry finally replied to his well-informed and anxious constituent. “I have forwarded your tape to the Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General [DOT OIG],” he said in a brief July 24, 2001, letter, a copy of which I’ve obtained.
Yet Sullivan had made it clear in his letter that going to his old agency was a dead end. He and other agents had complained about security lapses for years and got nowhere. “The DOT OIG has become an ineffective overseer of the FAA,” he told Kerry. Sullivan suggested he show the tape to peers on committees with FAA oversight. He even volunteered to testify before them.
But he never heard from Kerry again.
I’m not willing to pin the 9/11 attacks on anybody, especially not a single politician. 9/11 happened because of an overall failure in our approach to national security. What troubles me about this story, however, is that Kerry is trying to convince us that he tried to warn us all about 9/11-type scenarios before the attack but failed because nobody paid attention. It would appear as though Kerry wasn’t exactly paying attention either.
My question for Kerry would be why he decided to “sound the alarm” about terrorism via a for-profit book instead of in the course of his duties as a U.S. Senator? If he was so concerned about terrorism, why was he writing a book about it instead of using his powers as a Senator to protect the country he was/is serving?
John Kerry isn’t responsible for 9/11, but he shouldn’t be claiming that he did anything special to stop it either.
By Rob from Say Anything.
(Ed – The NY Post article was highlighted here earlier in the week..)