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Posted on 09/15/2004 9:07:38 PM PDT by no demsEdited on 09/15/2004 9:24:30 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
The New York Post - March 15, 2004
THE WARNING KERRY IGNORED
By PAUL SPERRY
March 15, 2004 -- 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.
"With the concept of jihad, do you think it would be difficult for a determined terrorist to get on a plane and destroy himself and all other passengers?" he warned. "Think what the result would be of a coordinated attack which took down several domestic flights on the same day. With our current screening, this is more than possible. It is almost likely." The toll from such an attack would be economic, as well as human, he predicted with chilling accuracy.
Sullivan followed up by having the undercover videotape hand-delivered to Kerry's office.
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.....
This should be the most important story in this election. It's well know up here in MA.
How can we get it to the people that vote!!!!!
An oldie but a goodie. Didn't we hear Kerry blaming our President for not doing enought to protect us on 911? What a piece of doo doo.
My thoughts exactly. I'm going to fax it over to Hannity and Rush. Hopefully, they'll use it.
j f'n k bump
Fax it to Michael Savage and Laura Ingram Too!!!
I'll just bump it - FR is in the limelight lately! Nite! ;-)
Kerry's too busy cashing his Goverment checks, why should he care? The only thing Kerry's ever been faithful to since he's was elected is bashing the rest of us while cashing his check! WHY SHOULD HE CARE! HE GETS PAID WIN OR LOOSE THIS ELECTION, he 's got a big fat government retirement plan ! How many Pay raises for Senators and House members has Kerry voted for? My guess is all! How many u gonna get your healthcare for free for life plus over $100k a year for life? All that just cause u got elected and don't have to earn it!
Damning, I urge everyone to send this info and link to Drudge, lets put the final nail in Kerry's coffin.
I didn't know this...if Republicans had more backbone, they would be talking this up bigtime. Can you just imagine if it had been Bush or a republican senator..911 would be blamed entirely on them.
let's keep reminding everyone!
Get it to Sean Hannity, Rush, Drudge, Laura Ingram, or some hungry investigative reporter waiting for fame.
Exactly!! We need a Republican version of James Carville.
THE SHEEPLE KNOW NONE OF THIS I ASSURE YOU, even though it is old news to us.
He demonstrates his true leadership style: Pass the buck and go windsurfing.
Many people have missed this too.
Oh, yuck! Why do we need that when we have intelligent, quick, witty people who are easier to look at?