There are new details shedding light on just what suspicious activity eye Witnesses at Logan Airport say they saw months before 9/11.
According to the New York Post, at least three people reported observing al-Qaida hijackers casing airport security checkpoints.
"New documents provide in much more detail than what we knew previously about the sighting of Mohammed Atta at Logan in the spring of 2001," retired FAA Special Agent Brian Sullivan said.
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Sullivan says at the time he had warned of issues with airport security. According to the New York Post, court documents in a settled wrongful death suit not only show these witnesses observed the suspicious behavior but also reported it to authorities and supervisor-- but no action was ever taken.
The documents allegedly describe that Stephen Wallace, an American Airlines technician, saw a man who he later identified as Atta with another person taking video and pictures of a security check point for 45 minutes. He approached the two and watched as they moved on to another check point with no issue.
"When you put all of that together you have to wonder wow what did it take to wake up the authorities and make them take action," Sullivan said.
Sullivan, who has read the documents, says a number of details jump out at him.
"The arrogance of Mohammed Atta, his swearing in Arabic at Stephen Wallace," Sullivan said.
Reports did surface in 2011 about how witnesses had warned authorities about seeing suspicious behavior, but Sullivan says this is the first time the public has had access to their interviews and depositions.
He says the accounts are a strong reminder of how vulnerable we were, and how diligent we must be to ensure history is not repeated.
"Both Khorasan and al-Qaida have said that they want to target U.S. civil aviation the same situation we had prior to 9/11," Sullivan said.