Former Red Team Leader Predicted Terrorist Activity Before
A report in USA Today
says Bogdan Dzakovic, a Red Team leader in the FAA's anti-terror
section before 9/11, is now "thumb-twiddling" for the TSA.
Dzakovic says he and his team simulated terrorist attacks in the
years leading up to 9/11. He claims they were able to sneak bombs
and weapons past security 90% of the time -- even past expensive
The former FAA employee says he was told to round-file his
repeated warnings to higher-ups of the potential for terrorist
hijacking of airliners in the US.
Dzakovic claims FAA leadership eventually began warning airports
in advance of his team's under-cover inspections. He says his
repeated appeals to the DOT IG fell on deaf ears.
After 9/11 he filed a
complaint with the Office of Special Counsel, the government agency
dealing with whistle-blower cases. That forced a DOT IG
investigation which concluded the Red Team had been "grossly
mismanaged" resulting in "a serious compromise of public safety."
(Read the full report here.)
Dzakovic testified before the 9/11 commission saying,
"Immediately (after 9/11), numerous government officials from FAA
as well as other government agencies made defensive statements such
as, 'How could we have known this was going to happen?' The truth
is, they did know." (Read his full statement to the commission
Since then, Dzakovic no longer leads the FAA's Red Team. He now
works for the TSA making $110,000 a year doing work he describes as
"thumb-twiddling" and "entry-level idiot work."
TSA spokesman Darrin Kayser told USA Today, "While TSA
transitioned functions out of FAA, many employees were doing work
outside of their pre-9/11 duties. Once TSA was established, Mr.
Dzakovic did find a productive position within the agency and has
been a valued contributor in our efforts to provide the highest
level of security in all modes of transportation."
The FAA refused to comment on allegations it retaliated against
Dzakovic for his whistle-blowing activities.