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The Warning Kerry Ignored
The New York Post ^ | March 15, 2004 | Paul Sperry

Posted on 09/15/2004 9:07:38 PM PDT by no dems

Edited 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.....

http://members.aol.com/viperash50/kerry911/911.html


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 1997; bookreview; kerry; paulsperry; thenewwar
I know that this is an "oldie" but for those who've never read it, it's a "goodie".
1 posted on 09/15/2004 9:07:38 PM PDT by no dems
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To: no dems

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!!!!!


2 posted on 09/15/2004 9:11:59 PM PDT by ProudVet77 (Kerry is Toast du Francai')
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To: no dems

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.


3 posted on 09/15/2004 9:13:39 PM PDT by sarasotarepublican
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To: ProudVet77
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!!!!!

My thoughts exactly. I'm going to fax it over to Hannity and Rush. Hopefully, they'll use it.

4 posted on 09/15/2004 9:17:03 PM PDT by sarasotarepublican
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To: sarasotarepublican

http://worldnetdaily.com/images2/kerryfax1.jpg
http://worldnetdaily.com/images2/kerryfax2.jpg
if this were spread far and wide, there would be no need for an election.


5 posted on 09/15/2004 9:18:41 PM PDT by ProudVet77 (Kerry is Toast du Francai')
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To: sarasotarepublican

j f'n k bump


6 posted on 09/15/2004 9:19:38 PM PDT by wouldilie
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To: no dems

Sad. Sad.


7 posted on 09/15/2004 9:20:28 PM PDT by Ciexyz ("FR, best viewed with a budgie on hand".)
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To: sarasotarepublican

Fax it to Michael Savage and Laura Ingram Too!!!


8 posted on 09/15/2004 9:21:00 PM PDT by docman57
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To: sarasotarepublican

I'll just bump it - FR is in the limelight lately! Nite! ;-)


9 posted on 09/15/2004 9:26:00 PM PDT by Tunehead54 (JFK:"I think there has been an exaggeration," Re: Terror Threat: See Beslan for reference. :-()
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To: no dems

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!


10 posted on 09/15/2004 9:27:08 PM PDT by KingNo155
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To: Tunehead54

bttt


11 posted on 09/15/2004 9:27:13 PM PDT by landerwy
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To: landerwy

Damning, I urge everyone to send this info and link to Drudge, lets put the final nail in Kerry's coffin.


12 posted on 09/15/2004 9:32:01 PM PDT by AKSurprise
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To: landerwy

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.


13 posted on 09/15/2004 9:32:38 PM PDT by maranatha
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To: maranatha

let's keep reminding everyone!


14 posted on 09/15/2004 9:34:22 PM PDT by landerwy
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To: ProudVet77
Actually, this is his first consistent position. First he ignored the threat of terror. Then in the presidential debates, he said that the threat of terror was over-hyped.

I could see his response to the story. See, I'm no flip-flopper.
15 posted on 09/15/2004 9:35:43 PM PDT by radicalamericannationalist (The Convention convinced me. 4 MORE YEARS!!!!!!)
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To: ProudVet77

Get it to Sean Hannity, Rush, Drudge, Laura Ingram, or some hungry investigative reporter waiting for fame.


16 posted on 09/15/2004 9:35:45 PM PDT by no dems (The BC/'04 Campaign needs to monitor this website.)
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To: maranatha

Exactly!! We need a Republican version of James Carville.


17 posted on 09/15/2004 9:37:11 PM PDT by no dems (The BC/'04 Campaign needs to monitor this website.)
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To: no dems
I have forwarded your tape to the Department of Transportation'

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.

18 posted on 09/15/2004 9:59:14 PM PDT by Indie (Ignorance of the truth is no excuse for stupidity.)
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To: landerwy; MistyCA

Many people have missed this too.


19 posted on 09/15/2004 10:55:36 PM PDT by landerwy
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To: no dems

Oh, yuck! Why do we need that when we have intelligent, quick, witty people who are easier to look at?


20 posted on 09/15/2004 11:14:15 PM PDT by MistyCA
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To: landerwy

Thanks for the ping! I really appreciate you pointing me to these threads! :) Since I do not want to overstep my ping welcome, I have to be very judicious about what I ping. I think there are some other things that will take priority right now. :) Keep up the good work!!! :)


21 posted on 09/15/2004 11:17:25 PM PDT by MistyCA
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To: MistyCA

That is what I like about you; always using proper discretion!


22 posted on 09/15/2004 11:28:34 PM PDT by landerwy
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To: no dems
"Exactly!! We need a Republican version of James Carville."

NO WAY, Jose! One festering sore on America's ass is quite enough.

23 posted on 09/15/2004 11:36:35 PM PDT by capitan_refugio
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To: landerwy

LOL! :) Thanks!


24 posted on 09/16/2004 12:10:14 AM PDT by MistyCA
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