2,727. 9/19/2001

“In the early afternoon of September 19 [2001], a call came from Logan Emergency Operations Center saying that the private charter aircraft was going to pick up members of the bin Laden family. ‘We were in the midst of the worst terrorist act in history,’ [director of aviation at Boston’s Logan Airport, Tom] Kinton said. ‘And here we were seeing an evacuation of the bin Ladens!’…As the bin Ladens were about to land, the top brass at Logan Airport did not know what was going on. The FBI’s counterterrorism unit should have been a leading force in the domestic battle against terror, but here it was not even going to interview the Saudis. ‘Each time,’ [head of Massachusetts Port Authority, Virginia] Buckingham wrote, ‘the answer was the same: *Let them leave.* On September 19, under the cover of darkness, they did.’ ”

 – Craig Unger, House of Bush, House of Saud, Page 12

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