26 Sep 2006

Suspect involved in plot to hijack US airlines entered US via American Samoa

7:14 am on 26 September 2006

A local government official in American Samoa has revealed that a suspect involved in a plot to hijack US airlines entered the United States through American Samoa.

Leota Vaea Ainuu of the Territorial Office of Homeland Security told seminar in Leone over the weekend that federal

investigators found information on American Samoa in the suspects' possession.

He says this included information on the location of major sites and buildings such as the airport, the Gataivai fuel tank

farm and the Executive Office Building which houses the majority of government departments including the Office of the Governor.

Leota says that the potential for American Samoa to become a terrorist target was great because it was a US territory, and is far away from the US mainland preventing any immediate response or assistance if a terrorist attack occurred.

Leota was conducting an awareness seminar on the responsibility of individuals in the fight against terror.

He urged participants at the seminar to immediately report anything unusual or anyone suspicious,

to authorities.