2006: Ex-employee says FAA warned before 911

Immediately (after 9/11), numerous government officials from FAA as well as other government agencies made defensive statements such as, ‘How could we have known this was going to happen?’ ” Bogdan Dzakovic testified later before the 9/11 Commission. “The truth is, they did know.” By Catherine Rampell, USA TODAY From 1995 to 2001, Bogdan Dzakovic served as a team leader on the Federal Aviation Administration‘s Red Team. Set up by Congress to help the FAA think like terrorists, the elite squad tested airport security systems. In the years leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Dzakovic says, the team was able to breach security about 90% of the time, sneaking bombs and submachine guns past airport screeners. Expensive new bomb detection machines consistently failed, he says. The team repeatedly warned the FAA of the potential for security breaches and hijackings but was told to cover up its […] Read More