Tamara Faulkner, spokesperson for Homeland Security, emailed me the following with regards to the unclassified summary of the classified report about Northwest Flight 327 (June 2004) originally due out today:
Annie, Not today. It was delayed one day. Now scheduled for a Monday, April 24 web posting: www.dhs.gov/oig The report (unclassified summary) will be accessable by clicking on "Management Reports". Thanks for checking. Tamara
Here's what the project entailed, this from the DHS Fiscal Year 2006 Annual Performance Plan:
Carryover Projects Review of the Department’s Handling of Suspicious Passengers and Activities Aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 327, June 29, 2004 This review was initiated as a result of media reports concerning actions taken by departmental personnel in response to alleged suspicious activities onboard Northwest Airlines Flight 327 from Detroit to Los Angeles. On this flight, 13 Middle Eastern men behaved in a suspicious manner that aroused the attention and concern of the flight attendants, passengers, air marshals, and pilots. As a result, a federal air marshal instructed the pilot to radio ahead for law enforcement personnel to meet the flight upon arrival at Los Angeles. Audit Objective: Determine the specific circumstances related to Flight 327, including the department’s handling of the suspicious passengers before boarding, during flight, and after the plane landed; and, identify any lessons learned as a result of the alleged suspicious activities. Office of Audits
Wonder why the government's report on Northwest flight #327 is classified? My book on the subject, "Terror in The Skies, Why 9/11 Could Happen Again" examines and explains that. From Damascus to Detroit and inside just about every three-letter government agency inbetween, grave errors were made by Homeland Security and Department of Justice officials and now these errors have been classified.
--Annie Jacobsen in Los Angeles