After 9/11 we heard “who could imagine such an attack” from quite a lot of public figures. In fact there were quite a lot of folks who could imagine exactly such a threat, and were trying to guard against just such an occurrence. Perhaps if we had spent the bit necessary on the good folks who knew what job needed doing before 9/11, then there is a good chance the hijacking would have failed. Perhaps we would not have the TSA pissing away billions on the bunch of silly schemes today.

Ex-employee says FAA warned before 9/11 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 findings, Dzakovic says.

Eventually, the FAA began notifying airports in advance when the Red Team would be doing its undercover testing, Dzakovic says. He and other Red Team members approached the Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General, the General Accounting Office and members of Congress about the FAA’s alleged misconduct regarding the Red Team’s aviation security tests. No one did anything, he says. via Cryptome

Good bet that Dzakovic is credible as we have heard this story many times before. Airport security has always been a bit of a (bad) joke.