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U.S. Arrests Foreign Airport Workers

Wednesday, 27 February 2002 12:00 AM

The government said, however, that none of those arrested was suspected of terrorism.

"It is important to stress that none of these 20 defendants are suspected or charged with having any terrorist connections," U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan said at a Logan news conference. "There's no evidence to indicate that any of the charged individuals sought to do anything other than to obtain gainful employment."

The defendants were from seven different countries, and 15 of them were also charged with being in the United States illegally.

Sullivan said the investigation began nine days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, which he said "showed us all there was still more that could and should be done to tighten security and ensure the flying public's safety."

He said the review that led to the arrests was a "major step in closing potential gaps in security" at the airport, the takeoff point for two planes hijacked by terrorists and flown into the World Trade Center in New York City.

The review examined 3,500 applications of people who had been employed by companies operating at Logan and who were given access badges to secure areas of the airport, including boarding and loading areas and the tarmac, Sullivan said.

"The review resulted in the identification of 20 individuals charged today as having obtained their employment with the use of false information and fraudulent identification documents, including fraudulent alien registration cards and Social Security numbers," Sullivan said.

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