Security flaws confirmed on Flight 327

“…a background check in the FBI’s National Crime Information Center database… produced “positive hits” for past criminal records or suspicious behavior for eight of the 12 Syrians…”

By Audrey Hudson, Washington Times reporter

29 May 2007: A newly released inspector general report backs eyewitness accounts of suspicious behavior by 13 Middle Eastern men on a Northwest Airlines flight and reveals several missteps by government officials, including failing to file an incident report until a month after the matter became public.

According to the Homeland Security report, the “suspicious passengers,” 12 Syrians and their Lebanese-born promoter, were travelling on Flight 327 from Detroit to Los Angeles on expired visas, which U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services extended one week after the June 29, 2004 incident.

“Agency management was not only covering-up numerous probes and dry-run encounters from Congress and other federal law enforcement agencies, it was also hiding these incidents from their own flying air marshals,” said P. Jeffrey Black, an air marshal stationed in Las Vegas.

COMPLETE ARTICLE. (See previous article for OIG report)