Just as President Obama is going to Saudi Arabia to cozy up with the world’s biggest state sponsors of terrorism, his Justice Department is fighting to keep documents secret that show the links between a wealthy and well-connected Saudi family and the 9/11 hijackers in Sarasota, Florida.
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On Tuesday, the Miami Herald and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune told a federal court that it should reject the Justice Department’s effort to shut down the lawsuit, originally filed by the Broward Bulldog, which seeks to compel the FBI to release documents concerning its investigation of persons linked to the 9/11 attacks in the Sarasota-Tampa areas. The newspapers are arguing, as grounds for keeping the lawsuit in court, that there is intense public interest in the FBI investigation of “pre-9/11 potential terrorist activity by Saudi nationals” living in Sarasota, that the broad media coverage of the issue shows this to be of interest universally, as well to the 9/11 victims’ families who are supporting the lawsuit.
The brief points out that three 9/11 hijackers/pilots — Mohammed Atta, Marwan al-Shehhi, and Ziad Jarrah — all got flight training at nearby Venice, Florida, and that license plates registered to two of the hijackers were recorded entering the gated community where the Saudi family lived. The family was headed by Esam Ghazzawi, a long-time advisor to a senior Saudi prince, and was linked to the Saudi Bin Laden group; the court papers also show that the family’s son-in-law later went to work in the London office of Aramco. Also linked to the Ghazzawi home was Adman Shukrijumah, a former local resident who is currently on the FBI’s “most wanted” list.
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Former U.S. Senator Bob Graham is also cited in the amicus brief, as saying that the FBI had not provided relevant documents, which later surfaced, to the Congressional Joint Inquiry on the 9/11 attacks.