Boston FBI Unveils New Terrorism Task Force at Logan Airport

By Milton J. Valencia
Globe Staff

BOSTON –In a move timed to the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, the FBI’s Boston bureau and the Massachusetts Port Authority announced yesterday the opening of a self-contained “nerve center’’ for a counterterrorism task force based at Logan International Airport.

It is the first center of its kind based at a US airport.

The office, described as an annex, will serve as a base of operations for representatives from about 20 local, state, and federal agencies making up the Boston Joint Terrorism Task Force, and it will enable better communication and cooperation among law enforcement agencies as they monitor suspected terrorism activities, particularly at the airport, officials said.

“It’s one new level of security for this airport, and for the country,’’ said Edward Freni, Massport’s director of aviation. “It has the physical presence for all agencies here to respond and communicate quickly.’’

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