Key documents which should be in the FBI’s possession have not been disclosed in the Freedom of Information case concerning its investigation of the wealthy Saudi family living in Sarasota, Florida, prior to the 9/11 attacks, who were known to have been in regular contact with a number of the 9/11 hijackers. Among these undisclosed documents are security records of the gated community in which the family lived, which showed cars used by the hijackers visiting the Saudi family, and phone records, which local law enforcement authorities are known to have provided to the FBI.
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Also missing, are the investigative reports of the FBI agents who conducted a probe of the family after 9/11. The FBI first said it found no connection between the family and the 9/11 plot, but a later FBI report identified “many connections” to the 9/11 terrorists. Yet still, the underlying investigative reports have not surfaced, according to the Broward Bulldog, and confirmed to EIR.
This has prompted the Bulldog, the plaintiff in the FOIA case, to raise the question of whether the FBI is using national-security “exclusions” to hide the records, which are of a different nature that the standard FOIA exemptions from disclosure. Under these “exclusions,” made part of the FOIA in 1986, the government can treat certain foreign counter- intelligence and international terrorism records as “not subject to” the FOIA. Therefore, the FBI is technically not lying when it states “there exist no records responsive to your request.”
The Bulldog quotes expert FOIA litigator James Lesar as saying: “That sounds like the most likely thing, because you know beyond any question that records were created and they’re not showing up where they should show up. They’ve simply kept them secret.”
The attorney for the Bulldog, Tom Julin, says he intends to challenge these claims, and he hopes that the judge will determine that the records should be open to the American public, if he finds that the disclosure would not endanger national security. “We have every reason to believe that this is the case since Sen. Graham has been espousing the view that the existence of a Saudi network in the United States is something that should be disclosed to the American people and would not endanger the United States,” Julin said, referring to former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.), who chaired the Congressional Joint Inquiry into the 9/11 attacks.
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