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FBI denies link between terrorists, LNG tankers

FBI officials vehemently denied yesterday recent assertions by former White House terrorism czar Richard A. Clarke that the FBI learned in December 1999 that terrorists had been slipping into Boston on liquefied natural gas tankers from Algeria, yet failed to notify local authorities. ‘‘We did thoroughly investigate that LNG tanker situation and came to the conclusion they were not being used to transport terrorists into our country,’’ said Kenneth Kaiser, the special agentin-charge of the FBI’s Boston office. ‘‘We didn’t brief the mayor that there was an Al Qaeda cell here, because there wasn’t one.’’ According to Kaiser, the FBI was investigating the thwarted 1999 ‘‘millennium’’ plot to blow up Los Angeles International Airport when it learned that several people being questioned in Boston had entered the country by stowing away on LNG tankers from Algeria. Full Story

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