Recent upsurge of similar incidents at U.S. airports might indicate terrorist plans

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

6 January 2007: Investigators from the Northeast Intelligence Network are looking into a series of similar reports from airport personnel across the United States that might suggest pre-operational terrorist-related activities are in progress at airports. During the late afternoon hours on Thursday, 4 January 2007, a United Airlines service vehicle was stolen from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. Because of its markings and intended use, the vehicle would have access to secured areas of the airport. Later that day, personnel at a different airport on the east coast reported “active surveillance” of the airport maintenance area by two men, one who appeared to be Middle Eastern in his appearance. Both incidents follow a separate incident a few weeks ago where the actual surveillance camera system at an airport near Washington, DC was compromised by self-described Islamic “jihadists.” One area of that camera system allowed the operators to monitor the activities at the maintenance area of that particular airport from their personal computers.

During the early morning hours on Friday, 5 January, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Police reported that a man tried to steal an airport work truck right out of a parking lot at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. As with the theft of the vehicle at O’Hare, this vehicle would also have access to secured areas of the airport. In this instance, however, the perpetrator – a man from the state of Washington who claimed to have lost his airline ticket, was caught by police not far from the airport property.

The Northeast Intelligence Network, in conjunction with Canada Free Press, is actively investigating these reports and the possibility that such activities are pre-incident indicators of perhaps something larger in the works involving terrorism, airports and aircraft inside the United States.

Airport personnel from all areas are urged to be extra vigilant and on the lookout for any activity that could be considered suspicious, and immediately report such activity to the proper authorities.

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