NEW YORK, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- A New York firefighter reportedly expressed concern there was a terrorist working in the department before the Sept. 11 attacks but was ignored.
The New York Daily News said the fire marshal, Ronnie Bucca went to the FBI with his suspicions about an Egyptian-born FDNY employee who associated with terrorists.
The allegations are in a new book, "1,000 Years for Revenge," already being put down by New York FBI spokesman Joe Valiquette, who says the work is a "rehash of old stories, gossip and speculation."
The book, by Peter Lance, follows Fire Department veteran Ronnie Bucca and his suspicions about a department accountant, Ahmed Amin Refai.
Bucca was alarmed by Refai's association with Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, the blind sheik convicted of conspiracy in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
In 1990, Refai took a pile of Trade Center blueprints that had been tossed out by the FDNY, the book says. When the complex was bombed, Refai called in sick, Lance reports.