Federal Air Marshals’ Bosses Accused of Arrogance, Cover-Up

May 16, 2006 12:55pm

A damning investigation of the Federal Air Marshal program is set to be released by Congress next week, staffers tell ABC News.

"The attitude of this agency stinks," the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, James Sensenbrenner, told Brian Ross in an interview to be broadcast on World News Tonight and 20/20 this Friday.

Sensenbrenner said officials of the Air Marshal program "stonewalled" his staff and retaliated against air marshals who tried to reveal problems.   

"This report should have come out a year ago had we gotten even minimal cooperation from the Air Marshal service," Sensenbrenner said.

"I think the American public will be shocked," Sensenbrenner said of his committee’s findings.

A spokesperson for the Federal Air Marshal program said the agency had no comment.

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