NEW YORK -- Federal aviation officials received dozens of warnings before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks about Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda, including some that mentioned airline hijackings or suicide attacks, The New York Times reported today.
A previously undisclosed report by the commission that investigated the suicide airliner attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon detailed 52 warnings given to leaders of the Federal Aviation Administration from April to Sept. 10, 2001, about the radical Islamic terrorist group and its leader.
The commission report, released in August, said the warnings came from the FAA's security branch. The paper said five security warnings mentioned Al Qaeda's training for hijackings and two reports concerned suicide operations not connected to aviation.
The Times said a classified version and a partially declassified version of the 120-page report were given to the National Archives two weeks ago. The Times story cited the declassified version of the document.
The Times said the commission reported that aviation officials were ''lulled into a false sense of security." The commission also reported ''intelligence that indicated a real and growing threat leading up to 9/11 did not stimulate significant increases in security procedures."
It takes the FAA to task for not expanding the use of in-flight air marshals or tightening airport screening for weapons. It said FAA officials were more concerned with reducing airline congestion and lessening delays.