CASE CLOSED … what really happened in the 2001 anthrax attacks?

* DXer says … Adnan El-Shukrijumah, son of Saudi missionary, was the Fall 2001 anthrax mailer and FBI is withholding relevant documents

Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 12, 2016

It wasn't Ivins

The FBI Is Keeping 80,000 Secret Files on the Saudis and 9/11

The secret ‘28 pages’ are just the start. The FBI has another 80,000 classified documents, many of which deal with Saudi connections to the 9/11 terror plot. What’s the Bureau got?

The Obama administration may soon release 28 classified pages from a congressional investigation that allegedly links Saudis in the United States to the 9/11 attackers. A former Republican member of the 9/11 Commission alleged Thursday that there was “clear evidence” of support for the hijackers from Saudi officials.

But in Florida, a federal judge is weighing whether to declassify portions of some 80,000 classified pages that could reveal far more about the hijackers’ Saudis connections and their activities in the weeks preceding the worst attack on U.S. soil.

The still-secret files speak to one of the strangest and most enduring mysteries of the 9/11 attacks. Why did the Saudi occupants of a posh house in gated community in Sarasota, Florida, suddenly vanish in the two weeks prior to the attacks? And had they been in touch with the leader of the operation, Mohamed Atta, and two of his co-conspirators? …

Case closed? Hardly.



50 Responses to “* DXer says … Adnan El-Shukrijumah, son of Saudi missionary, was the Fall 2001 anthrax mailer and FBI is withholding relevant documents”

  1. DXer said

    A new transparency push calls on Trump, intelligence chiefs to declassify all 9/11 records

    By Dan Christensen,

    U.S. Capitol

    Faced with persistent government stonewalling, opposition grounded in American hearts and taking root on Capitol Hill is calling on President Trump and the nation’s law enforcement and intelligence chiefs to declassify all documents related to investigations of the 9/11 attacks.

    “After nearly 17 years there is no credible National Security reason to continue to withhold documents,” says a petition that went online last week urging declassification. “When the FBI has released documents, either via FOIA [Freedom of Information Act] or being forced by Court order, the documents are heavily redacted and have contributed to the confusion and ambiguity surrounding the origin of the September 11th attacks.” ***

    Bipartisan push taking shape in Congress

    In the House, a bipartisan trio of representatives introduced a resolution calling for the release of tens of thousands of pages of documents “as necessary for a full public understanding of the events and circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 attacks upon the United States.”

    Those same congressmen – Rep. Walter Jones, R-NC, Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-MA, and Rep. Thomas Massie R-KY – spearheaded a similar resolution three years ago that gained widespread support and helped lead to the declassification by President Obama of the “28-pages” from Congress’ Joint Inquiry into 9/11. Those pages revealed the suicide hijackers’ connections to Saudi government officials and members of the Saudi royal family.

    “What we want to do is start a national push in early June,” Jones said on Friday. “Once the Senate decides who will be the lead, we will announce that two bills, companion bills, have been introduced in the Senate and the House. That will be our kickoff.”

    At the same time, litigation in New York and South Florida seeks to open long-veiled FBI records about its massive 9/11 investigation code-named PENTTBOM.

    In New York, lawyers representing thousands of 9/11 families, survivors and other victims who are suing Saudi Arabia this month subpoenaed FBI records about Omar al-Bayoumi, a suspected Saudi agent in Southern California, and Fahad al-Thumairy, a Saudi diplomat who was also a Los Angeles area religious leader.

    The pair has long been tied to two of the five hijackers who commandeered American Airlines Flight 77 and crashed it into the Pentagon, killing 59 passengers and crew and 125 people in the Pentagon.

    Of particular interest in that case is an October 2012 FBI summary report released to Florida Bulldog in late 2016 amid its ongoing Freedom of Information Act litigation. The heavily censored report describes how federal prosecutors and FBI agents in New York were targeting an apparent support network for the two Flight 77 hijackers – Saudis Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar – and how they’d zeroed in on one suspect they were looking to charge with providing material support to the hijackers and other crimes.

    The report is so sensitive that even the name of the investigation is secret for unexplained reasons of national security. But its unredacted narrative does identify Thumairy and Bayoumi as two of three “main subjects” of the probe who assisted upon their arrival in Los Angeles in January 2000. The name of a third subject was censored, but appears to be highly placed.

    “There is evidence that [redacted] and tasked al-Thumairy and al-Bayoumi with assisting the hijackers,” the report says.

    n Florida, Florida Bulldog is pursuing two FOIA cases against the FBI.

    U.S. District Judge William J. Zloch

    The first, pending before Fort Lauderdale U.S. District Court Judge William J. Zloch since 2012, seeks records of the FBI’s Sarasota investigation that found “many connections” between 9/11 hijackers and a Saudi family living in the Sarasota area yet was never reported to Congress or the 9/11 Commission. The second case, now before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, seeks records about the FBI’s secretive 9/11 Review Commission.

    The Justice Department and the FBI oppose disclosure in both cases.

    Bizarre reasons to avoid disclosure

    The petition also lists several bizarre reasons federal agencies have cited for withholding documents sought under FOIA, like the Justice Department’s insistence that requesters obtain a signed privacy waiver from Osama bin Laden. Also, the FBI’s assertion last year that it would not release a copy of accused 9/11 architect and Guantanamo detainee Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s “non-immigrant visa application” because it “could reasonably be expected to constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.”

    Meanwhile, the petition continues to enlist supporters.

    “The September 11th attacks are the most intensively investigated crime in history. Yet, aside from one minor al Qaeda operative, there have been no indictments, no prosecutions, hence no convictions for the murder of 2,977 people,” the petition says.

    “The FBI, CIA and other Departments of the United States Government investigated the attacks. A Congressional Joint Inquiry and the 9/11 Commission based their reports on these investigations. All ten 9/11 Commissioners pledged to release the complete 9/11 Commission Archive by 2009. It did not happen. In addition the FBI, the CIA and others have consistently refused to release thousands of documents, many of which are over a decade old.”

  2. DXer said

    Did R. Scott Decker know that Adnan El-Shukrijumah had reentered the country after 9/11? Given the compartmentalization of the investigation, did he even know that Adnan had met at KSM’s house with Yazid Sufaat, the anthrax lab director on or about 9/11? And then phoned his mom to tell her he was coming to the US? Or for the next couple of years was he tethered to some anthrax smelling bloodhounds.

    Never having evidenced any awareness of Shukrijumah, he wrote in his book published last year:

    “The first inhalational anthrax victim in a quarter century worked a few miles from where the al-Qaeda hijackers had lived? Reports of al-Qaeda’s interest in crop dusting in southern Florida compounded the concern. What better way for al-Qaeda to gain publicity than by highlighting the United States’ vulnerabilities through a second wave of attack? The American news media seemed an ideal target. AMI’s tabloids enjoyed a wide readership in the United States, and the Enquirer’s and Globe’s unflattering stories about al-Qaeda’s leader may have brought unwanted attention to the tabloid.

    The presence of al-Qaeda and rare inhalational anthrax in the same Florida county, AMI’s critical reporting on al-Qaeda’s leader, and Mike Irish’s spouse’s business association with al-Qaeda operatives sugggested this was more than chance.”

    One idiot posting on the internet relied upon by Decker — the guy insists a First Grader wrote the anthrax letters — argued that the hijackers were dead, dead, dead. And therefore could not have been responsible. Yet obviously the key was whether they had an associate. It turns out that they did. El-Shukrijumah. And in the summer of 2001 he cased DC and NYC for an attack.

    Anthrax, Al Qaeda and Ayman Zawahiri: The Infiltration of US Biodefense

  3. DXer said

    9/11 victims subpoena secret FBI records; next subpoenas to Saudi Arabia, State Dept.

    By Dan Christensen,

    A second FOIA case filed by the Bulldog six years ago also appears to be ripe for decision. That case seeks the FBI’s records about its Sarasota investigation – a probe the FBI kept hidden for a decade and later said went nowhere. The FBI has produced more than 80,000 pages of classified 9/11 records for Fort Lauderdale U.S. District Judge William J. Zloch’s private inspection.

  4. DXer said

    Robert Mueller: Commencement Speaker Unequal to Message

    Accuracy in Academia-Jun 14, 2017
    To make matters worse, all of this censorship occurred after Mueller’s investigation into the post 9/11 anthrax attacks was totally mishandled. Al Qaeda carried out the attacks, in conjunction with the actual 9/11 terrorist hijackings, but Mueller and his people blamed a series of American scientists.

    Finally, they found one they could blame, Bruce Ivins, who committed suicide following persecution by FBI agents. Ivins was dead and could not defend himself.
    The anthrax letters, which carried statements of “Death to America” and “Death to Israel,” were assumed to be the work of right-wingers working for U.S. government military or civilian labs. One of Mueller’s agents, Richard Lambert, later sued Mueller for botching the probe.

    Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism, and can be contacted at This blog is excerpted from a column which he wrote for Accuracy in Media.

    Comment: Richard Lambert was the former lead investigator. He went to work for a laboratory operated by Battelle, which had Ames in its laboratories. He was raided. I’m sure attorney Lambert, in hindsight, wishes he had obtained an ethics opinion (though it is someone in the DOJ ethics office that he views as the source of his misfortune). He had urged Mueller (and he has the highest regard for his former boss) that compartmentalization of the investigation might prevent the dots from being connected. (For example, R. Scott Decker did not have the benefit of a lot of evidence and, judging from his recent book, he appears still totally unaware of what was kept from him).

    I think Attorney Lambert would agree with me that we haven’t seen persuasive proof as to who was responsible for the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings — it is still an open question. Decker and Stanley, on the other hand, are determined to claim credit for a solve of the case, even though the FBI’s own consulting scientists think that the FBI’s use of its claimed “scientific” evidence was misleading. If Mueller really believes he could have gotten a conviction of Ivins when Fraser-Liggett and Worsham and countless others were saying what they were saying, he is being unrealistic. He is rightfully proud of the FBI — and it is good for morale. But it is bad for objective connecting of the dots. The only thing worse than the stove piping that dominated Amerithrax was the CYA fervor that arose due to numerous, profound conflicts of interests. And I mean NUMEROUS and MASSIVE conflicts of interest.

    But we probably would do best to keep an open mind until (if ever) better proof develops. Although I am a big fan of Cliff’s lucid thinking and writing on the subject of Amerithrax, I think “unsolved” is “unsolved.”

    Personally, I vote for the late Shukrijumah for being the mailer and my pal Yazid Sufaat for being the processor. Shukrijumah met Yazid Sufaat at KSM’s house on or about 9/11 and then set off for the United States (per a conversation he had with his mom).

  5. DXer said

    “FBI asks two courts to block further disclosures about its 9/11 investigation of Sarasota Saudis,” December 11, 2017
    By Dan Christensen,


    Dan Christensen: I hope the DOJ and FBI FOIA attorneys appreciate that the (b)(6) privacy exemption does not apply to Adnan El-Shukrijumah — because he is deceased.

    The FBI’s failure to produce the first requested 50 pages of the Lambert memo is now in litigation.

    With respect to the outline in Lambert’s memo relating to Al Qaeda’s anthrax program, DOJ should certainly not redact El-Shukrijumah’s name under any circumstance. Similarly, the name of Yazid Sufaat’s assistant who was killed also should not be redacted under (b)(6). As for the other technician, Al-Barq, who sent abroad where he could be expected to be treated harshly in Jordan and Israel, you can expect lots of redaction to cover that up. Is Al-Barq deceased after his hard years in prison?

    Moreover, the discussion of Porton Down (in the Al Qaeda section) should not be redacted because the public’s need to know outweighs the institution’s privacy interest.

    Only the occasional proper name need by redacted from the Ivins text section, which – if the FBI were an efficient organization – should have taken less than 2 hours to process many, many months ago. The reason that the US is likely to suffer a massive and devastating terrorist attack is that (it often seems) the FBI bureaucracy is really, really inefficient, as demonstrated by the months and years it takes to get something simple done. Can you imagine if our hospitals or airports were as inefficient at retrieving archived information? Of course, the delays at the FBI are similar to the delays in most any judicial proceeding. In the national security realm, however, as a country, we need to be more efficient at processing information.

    Anthrax, Al Qaeda and Ayman Zawahiri: The Infiltration of US Biodefense

  6. DXer said

    October 17, 2017 at 5:44 am
    Appeal: How much information about 9/11 must FBI share with public?

    Filed under 9/11, A1 Top Story {no comments}

  7. DXer said

    Chris Wray is being considered for the FBI Director spot now.

    A former Justice Department official now working as a private attorney has been added to the list of potential replacements for ousted FBI Director James Comey.

    Chris Wray, who served as assistant attorney general from 2003 to 2005, will be interviewed for the vacant FBI director job by President Donald Trump on Tuesday, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said at a press briefing. Wray worked under Comey at the Justice Department for two years, when Comey was the deputy attorney general.

    “Mr. Wray chairs the King & Spalding Special Matters and Government Investigations Practice Group, which represents companies, audit and special committees, and individuals in a variety of white-collar criminal and regulatory enforcement matters, parallel civil litigation, and internal corporate investigations,” the firm says.

    Wray’s group has been named the “White-Collar

    He is considered one of the top litigators in white-collar crime and government investigations, according to several publications.

    Chambers USA called him a “renowned heavy hitter in this space” and a “top-notch advocate who can provide counsel on the toughest issues,” who “brings instant credibility and will give you straight answers without blowing smoke.”


    He Joins a List of Several Names Being Considered to Lead the FBI, Including Fellow Bush Administration Official John Pistole

    [who] “is known to be close friends with Vice President Mike Pence.”


    Christopher Wray served as the personal attorney to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie during the “Bridgegate” controversy, an investigation into the closure of lanes on the George Washington Bridge as political payback against a local politician, according to ABC News.


    Wray graduated from Yale University in 1989 and went on to Yale Law School, receiving his law degree in 1992, according to his law firm’s website. He was the executive editor of the Yale Law Journal.

  8. DXer said

    Trump to interview Pistole for FBI director: USA Today, By Reuters

    May 30, 2017

    Pistole, who served as deputy director of the FBI from 2004 to 2010, was to meet with the Republican president at the White House, the newspaper reported, citing a former colleague of Pistole.

    Anthrax, Al Qaeda and Ayman Zawahiri: The Infiltration of US Biodefense

  9. DXer said

    Here is a July 2003 interview with an FBI Amerithrax analyst:

    “Anthrax Investigation & HQ Centralization

    There are two analysts assigned to the Anthrax investigation. There are 40-50
    analysts throughout the Bureau working on this investigation part time. They generally
    prepare background reports on people of interest during the investigation. These analysts
    are supervised by a Supervisory IRS in Oklahoma City, and it’s called the “Technical
    Analysis Group.” The reason it’s run there is that after OKBOM, this office developed
    certain proficiency at these types of profiles and products, and they have the most
    experience with it.

    On the Amerithrax investigation, most of the assignments have been top down,
    although he has initiated his own projects as well. He has been able to direct collection
    on some occasions. The investigation has been closely managed by HQ. There is an
    Inspector at HQ, who reports to an AD, and to the Director, and the Director receives
    weekly briefings on the investigation. This degree of HQ involvement is unusual. HQ is
    definitely more involved than they were before 9/11. His opinion, is that this increased
    involvement is “neutral.” There are now “fly away” squads, and more cases run by HQ.
    New York used to be the office of origin on overseas al-Qa’ida cases, and now it’s run by
    HQ. The “war” against al-Qa’ida is being run out of HQ.”

    One of the participants in the interview was FBI Assistant General Counsel Bob Sinton.

    • DXer said

      For a long time, analysts at the FBI’s Washington Field Office did not have access to Intelink. One of the problems was a lack of SCIFs.

      WFO was understaffed from an analytic perspective. In July 2003, they had 700 agents, and 28 analysts. Pre 9/11, they had 4.
      IT analysts.

  10. DXer said

    Fran Townsend: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
    Published 5:19 pm EDT, May 15, 2017


    I sense that the chance of her being named are trending up. But it seems that before being named, it should come out why she visited the White House the day before Director Comey’s firing. (see her twitter and instagram)

    If there was not a reason totally unrelated to the firing, some will argue that Trump already had his eye on someone who would not be independent on the issue of the Russia investigation,

    If an independent investigator were appointed, the entire brouhaha perhaps can be put to rest. It would permit an FBI DIrector to get down to the many other serious matters at hand.

    Anthrax, Al Qaeda and Ayman Zawahiri: The Infiltration of US Biodefense

  11. DXer said

    This former FBI agent, who is not named, recommends either Townsend or Rogers.

    Former FBI agent: Here’s who Trump should pick as the next FBI director
    Allan Smith

  12. DXer said

    Here are some the candidates who have been interviewed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

    It’s not that I disagree with Senator Graham’s point about how it is preferable that the person not be a politician. I just think that Mike Rogers would be confirmed without any difficulty. The bipartisan approach to problem solving he has expressed is commendable.

    And especially under all the circumstances, it should count for something that the FBI Agents association backs him.

    For the narrow purpose of this blog, Rogers seems heads and shoulders above all the rest because he is read into more of the classified information that he needs to understand Amerithrax.

    Others listed below would be so overwhelmed by their many other important responsibilities that they would never be able to get any traction.

    Rogers would be much more likely be able to hit the ground running — though he has regrettable background of being part of the Trump’s transition team for 10 days in November.

    If an independent prosecutor were appointed to oversee the Russia investigation — then that would no longer be an issue.

    I personally think Alice Fisher, through no fault of her own, would not survive vetting under a conflict of interest analysis. Any large law firm’s representation’s would be very wide-ranging and involve the DOJ. The atmosphere is so charged right now that reporters would be digging deep. She is the managing partner, I believe, in DC.

    The civil servants would be on much safer ground and more likely to withstand vetting (and the scrutiny will be on steroids).

    CBS News May 15, 2017, 5:43 PM
    Trump: Search for FBI director “moving rapidly”

    Alice Fisher: Fisher is a lawyer and former Justice Department official who, if selected and confirmed, would be the first woman to lead the FBI. Currently, she focuses on white collar criminal investigations as a partner at Latham & Watkins, according to the firm’s bio. She has also served as assistant attorney general in charge of the criminal division of the Justice Department.

    Adam Lee: Lee, an attorney licensed in California, is currently the FBI office chief for the FBI Richmond, Virginia Office. The FBI’s profile of Lee says that he most recently served as section chief of the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section in Washington, D.C.

    Michael Garcia: Garcia is a New York State Judge who is also a former federal prosecutor with extensive experience in immigration enforcement, a top priority for this administration. He would be the first Latino to lead the FBI.

    Henry Hudson: Hudson, a federal judge in Virginia, is nearly 70 years old, which could be a disadvantage, given Judge Henry Hudson is a federal judge in Virginia, and the first judge to rule against Obamacare. He’s almost 70 years old, which could work against him in a job that carries a 10-year term.

    Mike Rogers: The former congressman from Michigan chaired the House Intelligence Committee, and he’s also a former FBI agent who has been endorsed the FBI Agents Association to be FBI director.

  13. DXer said

    Recent 2 hour interview of former lead Amerithrax investigator Richard Lambert, that I’m transcribing and posting as I listen to it.

    At 23:04

    Question: “The person or persons or group had to be kinda ready…. to get going. They only had a week, from 911 to the mailing…

    They had to have been planning this prior to 911 to have this anthrax ready and the letters.. right?”

    Lambert: “Yes, that’s exactly right. It has now been declassified and it is out there in the media that Al Qaeda had a very robust biological program. that was getting very close to having an anthrax weapon. They had a microbiologist.”

  14. DXer said

    JASTA lawsuits are the ultimate confluence of politics and law. …

    Now that the JASTA lawsuits have begun, we can only hope that whatever due process and compensation awaits families who have suffered outweighs the global consequences likely to ensue.

    Anthrax, Al Qaeda and Ayman Zawahiri: The Infiltration of US Biodefense

    • DXer said

      Perhaps the first lawsuit under JASTA appears to have been last October.

      “9/11 widow files lawsuit against Saudi Arabia,” October 1, 2016

      Washington (CNN)

      Stephanie DeSimone was two months pregnant when her husband, Navy Cmdr. Patrick Dunn, was killed at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.

      “Now, 15 years later — and two days after Congress legally paved the way — she’s filed a lawsuit against Saudi Arabia, claiming the kingdom is partially responsible for his death.


      In court documents filed Friday in Washington, D.C., DeSimone alleges Saudi Arabia provided material support to al Qaeda for more than a decade and was aware of the terror group’s plan to attack the US.
      “Absent the support provided by the Kingdom, al Qaeda would not have possessed the capacity to conceive, plan, and execute the September 11th attacks,” the documents say. …

      Earlier this year, the US released portions of a formerly classified Congressional report showing some of the 9/11 hijackers were in contact with and received support from individuals likely connected to the Saudi government.”

      Anthrax, Al Qaeda and Ayman Zawahiri: The Infiltration of US Biodefense

  15. DXer said

    Miami judge slams ‘shameful’ FBI delays in making 9/11 documents …
    Miami Herald-Mar 1, 2017
    One document the FBI did release six months after that initial FOIA case was filed in September 2012 was a copy of an April 16, 2002, report that said agents …

  16. DXer said

    Adnan Shukrijumah is his real name. But in Al Qaeda he was known as Jaffar al-Tayyar. CIA documents unveiled in the CIA’s electronic reading room explain that when they learned of him from KSM under enhanced interrogation– and KSM described him as the “next Atta” — the CIA publicized his real name and he went underground and fled the country.

  17. DXer said

    Albany FBI leader to take Washington, D.C., post

    Andrew Vale will move on at the end of January

    By Robert Gavin

    Published 9:33 pm, Monday, December 26, 2016

    On the wall of his office, Andrew Vale hung a portrait of himself testifying at the trial of Omar Abdel-Rahman, the blind sheik who plotted the first World Trade Center bombing and sought to blow up several key New York City landmarks.

    It marked an early high point for the man who runs the FBI in Albany, back when he led the probe into the terror plot out of the bureau’s Newark, N.J., office.


    The 1993 case, which led to Abdel-Rahman’s conviction and life sentence, was just one of many stops in a successful career that’s taken Vale from Buffalo to New Jersey to Washington and Albany, where he’s been special agent in charge since 2013.

    And now Vale is set to move again. He will leave his post at the end of January to become the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Washington, D.C., field office — a major promotion.


    Vale is modest as he speaks about his leadership role into the probe of the act of terror that took place eight years before the 9/11 attacks. Six people were killed in the truck bomb explosion at the World Trade Center set off by terrorists on Feb. 26, 1993. They were also planning to bomb the United Nations headquarters, the Lincoln and Holland tunnels, the George Washington Bridge and the FBI’s New York headquarters.

    Comment: We can all wish Agent Vale good luck in his new position. FBI Agent Michael Mason had a similar and equally distinguished career path — and meant to abide by a leave no stone unturned approach. But sometimes difficult mysteries take time to come into clearer focus.

    Agent Vale, these graphics were done by a federal undercover. AUSA Rachel Lieber was rushed under unfavorable circumstances and some psychiatrists and inexperienced middle managers had unhelpful sway in the course of the Task Force’s development of an Ivins Theory.

    Please revisit the hypothesis that a follower of Omar Abdel-Rahman was responsible.

    In particular, consider that Adnan El-Shukrijumah was the anthrax mailer. He was there when Dr. Ayman visited the Blind Sheik in Brooklyn.

    Anthrax, Al Qaeda and Ayman Zawahiri: The Infiltration of US Biodefense

  18. DXer said

    December 23, 2016 at 5:24 am
    Miami federal judge denies FBI motion to postpone trial on secret 9-11 records
    Records of ‘paramount’ importance

    In a motion filed Wednesday opposing further delay, Julin wrote, “The Bulldog contends the records at issue are of paramount national and international importance because they are expected to shed light on whether the FBI found evidence in 2001 and 2002 that Saudi Arabia supported the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, but withheld that evidence from Congressional and other investigators.”


    The Federal District court is not buying the FBI’s argument about the need to consult all the other agencies.

    FOIA requestor Ken Dillon is faced with the same unaccountable delay due to consultation with another agency or agencies regarding this Table of Contents of a lengthy Interim memo written by FBI whistleblower Richard L. Lambert.

    Is the FBI’s Dave Hardy a political appointee? Will the new Trump Administration make changes of FOIA personnel in the search for a more efficient approach to locating and producing documents bearing on the events of the Fall 2001 attack on the United States? Even where the documents may challenge a previous Administration’s view of events?

  19. DXer said

    Dan Christensen mentions the phone records between Adnan El-Shukrijumah and the Sarasota residence in this recent article.

    FBI coughs up new 9/11 records about Sarasota; Documents, evidence missing
    Filed under 9/11, A1 Top Story, FBI
    By Dan Christensen,


    Why is the FBI spending $750,000 for (what to me, is very ugly artwork) rather than pulling records (and processing them under FOIA) relating to the connections of the 9/11 hijackers?

    Report: South Florida FBI workers sickened by $750k wood sculpture
    Local Source-7News – WSVN-TV-12 hours ago

    Note: Towards the end of this linked redacted memo, this redacted memo states that “ORION was recently deployed over to Alexandria, VA police through the law enforcement online network.” (The full context for the statement eludes me).

  20. DXer said

    If the FBI cannot even confirm that Adnan El-Shukrijumah is dead, why would anyone have any confidence in their conclusion that he did not drop the letters into a mailbox in the dark of night, upon coming from KSM’s residence where he was staying with Yazid Sufaat when he called his Mom that day and told him he was coming to the US?

    If you think a reprimand in some Edgewood’s General’s personnel folder due to an alleged lack of introspection is a career-stopper, wait til you see what happens upon a mass anthrax attack on NYC and DC.

    November 23, 2016 at 5:02 am
    Mother of slain ex-Broward al Qaeda boss hopes for end to stigma

    Filed under 9/11, A1 Top Story, FBI {one comment}


    FBI Director Robert Mueller with wanted poster for Adnan El Shukrijumah in 2003.

    By Dan Christensen,

    Nearly two years have passed since Miramar’s Zuhrah A. Jumah got news that her eldest son, Adnan, had been killed during a military raid on an al Qaeda hideout in a mountainous corner of northwest Pakistan.

    Lately, she wonders how long Adnan El Shukrijumah’s ugly reputation as a dangerous senior al Qaeda commander will continue to trail her and her family.

    “I go to the airport. My name comes up on the computer and they stop me. They say, ‘You’ve been selected’,” says Jumah, a mild-mannered widow with 13 grandchildren who has lived in the same modest home off West Hallandale Beach Boulevard for 20 years. “I’m searched. Sometimes they question me.”

    Those traveling with her are also met with extra suspicion by airport security – even her 2-year-old granddaughter.

    “You want to take me. Take me,” she says, tears welling in her eyes. “Just leave my grandkids alone. You’re disturbing their lives.”

    The family’s names can be confusing to Westerners. Jumah explains that El Shukri is the family name, and Jumah is her last name. Broward property records dating to 1996, including the deed to her home, identify her by that name. For reasons that are unclear, however, she has often been identified in news stories by the name Zuhrah Abdu Ahmed.

    Zuhrah A. Jumah, top left, and her son Adnan El Shukrijumah, right and bottom.

    Jumah says the last time she spoke with Adnan was “12 to 15 years ago.” She said that a week after 9/11 he phoned her, “Did you see what happened?” he asked. She said he was “shocked and scared” because Muslims were being blamed and even then he was on the FBI’s radar as a suspect in plotting an attack in Florida. She said she believed her phone was tapped.

    By then authorities had identified the 19 suicide hijackers who crashed passenger jets into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field as citizens of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Lebanon.

    ‘I gave him comfort’

    “Did you see how they put out the claim that we did it?” Adnan Shukrijumah told his mother, who said: “I told him if you’re not involved you have nothing to fear. I gave him comfort.”

    Jumah said she and her late husband, Gulshair M. El Shukri Jumah, a local imam with ties to imprisoned New York radical Sheikh Omar Abdul-Rahman, were home when the FBI arrived the day after the terrorist attacks looking for Adnan. He’d apparently left the country months before, however.

    “The FBI was here the next day looking for Adnan,” she said. “They searched everything and took a computer that Adnan used.” It was not returned, she said.

    The FBI has said Adnan Shukrijumah was a hardened terrorist with a $5 million bounty on his head and an outstanding warrant for his arrest on a variety of charges stemming from his 2010 federal indictment in New York playing an alleged leadership role in a plot to attack New York City’s subway system, as well as other targets in the U.S. and the United Kingdom.

    FBI agents have visited Jumah’s home many times since 9/11. “They come every time something happens,” she says. The last time was in December 2014, “to see if he was really killed.” She refused to talk to them.

    “We believe, as Muslims, things happen to test your faith,” she said.

    Jumah, 55, says talk about her son’s ties to al Qaeda “makes no sense to me. I avoid it.” Instead, she recalls Adnan as “a nice, kind person” who wanted to have a family and a life – perhaps in South Florida. “He told me, ‘Mother, you must think what I’ve accomplished” she said, referring to his studies in computer engineering at Broward College and a side business as a computer technician.

    ‘He liked to travel’

    Asked why, if her son was not involved in terrorism, he’d turn up in a remote region of Pakistan at an alleged al Qaeda compound, she says, “He liked to travel. He liked to move around. He’d gone there after all of the news and media and the blame and the claims.”

    Adnan, born in Saudi Arabia in 1975, went to Pakistan to do business.

    “He was going to look, to buy stuff and then sell it wholesale… kids’ clothes, sunglasses, jewelry – things like that. It was a business trip,” she said. Still, she doesn’t know the names of anyone Adnan worked with who could verify that account.

    Adnan Shukrijumah, 39 at the time of his reported death, was killed during a firefight with Pakistani soldiers and a helicopter gunship on Dec. 6, 2014. Though it is widely accepted that he died that day, the FBI has yet to confirm it and he remains on its Most Wanted Terrorists List. An FBI spokesman has described the confirmation process as “international in scope and quite involved.”

    Jumah believes that the Pakistani army killed her son. Now, she’s hoping the FBI will confirm his death and allow her to move on with her life.

    “I want it to end,” she says, wearily. “I want it to be closed and finished.”

  21. DXer said

    September 28, 2016 at 5:13 am
    Widow of ex-South Florida al Qaeda figure reported in Pakistan hostage swap

    Filed under 9/11, A1 Top Story, FBI {no comments}

    By Dan Christensen,

    Al Masra’s front page story last month with the story of Pakistan’s release of al Qaeda boss Ayman Zawahiri’s two daughters and the widow of ex-Miramar resident Adnan Shukrijumah.

    Nearly two years after Pakistan’s army said it killed fugitive terrorist leader and ex-Broward resident Adnan El Shukrijumah, the FBI still hasn’t verified his death. But news reports this month say al Qaeda recently claimed that Shukrijumah’s widow was one of three women released by Pakistan in exchange for the son of the country’s former army chief.

    The other women reportedly handed over to al Qaeda in the exchange were the adult daughters of Ayman al Zawahiri, who took over as leader after Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces in May 2011. …

    The U.S. State Department had offered a $5 million reward for information leading to the capture of Shukrijumah, chief of al Qaeda’s North American operations, before the 39-year-old former Miramar resident was reported slain during a helicopter gunship assault on a hideout in a mountainous region of northwest Pakistan on Dec. 6, 2014. Shukrijumah’s widow and four children were reportedly taken into custody following a gun battle. …

    The United States Government has not yet confirmed the death of El Shukrijumah,” the FBI said in a statement released to Florida Bulldog last week. “He will remain on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists List until the time a confirmation is made. The confirmation process, which is international in scope and quite involved, remains ongoing. Therefore, the FBI will not comment on it.”

    Shukrijumah, indicted in 2010 for his alleged role in plots to attack New York City’s subway system and London’s Underground, was a key figure in the FBI’s Sarasota investigation of a Saudi couple, Abdulazziz and Anoud al-Hijji, that declassified FBI documents say had “many connections” to “individuals associated with the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001.” The couple came to the FBI’s attention after neighbors reported they’d moved abruptly out of their home and returned to Saudi Arabia about two weeks before the attacks – leaving behind their cars, clothes, furniture and other personal items.

    Florida Department of Law Enforcement reports obtained by Florida Bulldog say that Wissam Hammoud, a terrorist associate imprisoned on unrelated charges, told the FBI in 2004 that Abdulazziz al-Hijji introduced him to Shukrijumah at a soccer game at the property of the Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton in 2000 or 2001.

    The Long War Journal and the Hindustan Times reported this month that al Qaeda sources first announced the release of the three women in early August. At the time, no mention of an exchange was made, but The Journal added, “Independent accounts indicate the global jihadist organization had been trying to secure their release in exchange for the kidnapped sons of Pakistan’s elite.”

    Shukrijumah’s widow

    The Journal said Al Masra identified Shukrijumah’s widow as Sumaiya Murjan Salem. She was identified as the daughter of the late Sheikh Murjan Salem al Jawhari. In an interview, Journal reporter Thomas Joscelyn described Salem al Jawhari as a “Zawahiri loyalist, a guy who was prominent in ideological circles.”

    Shukrijumah’s widow and Zawahiri’s daughters, and their children, were reportedly sent to Egypt. Al Qaeda’s boss, 65, was born in Egypt.

    The Journal reported that al Qaeda claimed the women were released in exchange for the son of General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, who stepped down as army chief in 2013. Before that, he headed Pakistan’s Directorate General for Inter-Services Intelligence.

    The Indian Express later cited unnamed “Pakistani military sources,” as denying that there was a swap for the younger Kayani, but said the sources conceded that the women were exchanged, for the son of former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.

    Ali Haider Gilani, however, was rescued in a joint U.S.-Afghan raid in May.

    The Journal reported that As Sahab, “a propaganda arm for al Qaeda’s senior leadership,” had released a threat in mid-July about the “treacherous” Pakistani army’s detention of the women. It identified Umaymah al Zawahiri and Fatima al Zawahiri, both in their mid-30s, as the wives of dead al Qaeda commanders. Sumaiya Salem was listed as Shukrijumah’s widow.

    “Al Qaeda accused the Pakistanis of holding the three women and their children on the ‘orders of American intelligence’ since 2014,” The Journal story said. “The jihadists claimed at the time that the negotiations to free them had ‘failed.’ Al Qaeda said it would hold the Pakistani government and its ‘American masters’ responsible.”

    “On Aug. 5, al Qaeda’s social media channels lit up with news that Zawahiri’s daughters and Shukrijumah’s widow had been released,” the story said.

    Anthrax, Al Qaeda and Ayman Zawahiri: The Infiltration of US Biodefense

  22. DXer said

    Former US Senator Bob Graham today at National Press Club about Sarasota documents that the FBI is withholding that relate, in important part, to Adnan El-Shukrijumah.

    Bob Graham: Government needs to release much more about 9/11 attacks
    Alex Leary, Times Washington Bure

    “The legacy of Barack Obama is going to be stained,” when it becomes clear how much material remains hidden from view, Graham said at the National Press Club.
    In particular, he said, much remains unanswered about a Saudi family that lived in Sarasota and suddenly vanished around the attack.

    Graham said government attempts to conceal links between the 9/11 hijackers and the Saudi government adds to public cynicism.
    “We are developing a democracy of spectators.”

  23. DXer said

    Anthrax genome reveals secrets about a Soviet bioweapons accident

    By Kai KupferschmidtAug. 16, 2016 , 9:45 PM

    Some call it the “biological Chernobyl.” On 2 April 1979, a plume of anthrax spores was accidentally released from a secret bioweapons facility in the Soviet city of Sverdlovsk. Propelled by a slow wind, the cloud drifted southeast, producing a 50-kilometer trail of disease and death among humans and animals alike. At least 66 people lost their lives, making it the deadliest human outbreak of inhalation anthrax ever.

    Now, 37 years later, scientists have managed to isolate the pathogen’s DNA from the bodies of two human victims and piece together its entire genome. The study, under review at the journal mBio and released today on the preprint server bioRxiv , answers one of the many remaining questions about the Soviet Union’s clandestine biowarfare program by showing that scientists hadn’t tinkered with the anthrax strain to make it more resistant to antibiotics or vaccines. If they had, the Soviet bioweapons would have become even more lethal.


    When released over, say, a packed sports stadium or a city center, tens of thousands could be exposed, and many would get sick before officials even realized what happened. One study, published in 2006, estimated that releasing just 1 kilogram of anthrax spores in Washington, D.C., would be enough to infect between 4000 and 50,000 people. If too few antibiotics were available within days, or if the microbes were resistant, thousands might die.

    Anthrax is a favorite weapon for bioterrorists as well. In June 1993, members of the Japanese cult Aum Shinrikyo sprayed the bacterium from a building in Tokyo; luckily, they made a mistake and used a strain that was innocuous to humans. Shortly after the 11 September 2001 attacks in New York City, anthrax powder was mailed to several politicians and journalists on the U.S. East Coast; 22 people were infected and five died.


    Questions about the outbreak in Sverdlovsk—which today is called Yekaterinburg and part of Russia—still linger. The Soviet Union at first blamed contaminated meat from an animal outbreak. In 1992, when Boris Yeltsin was president, a team led by Harvard University molecular biologist Matthew Meselson was allowed to visit the area to investigate the incident. In a paper published in Science in 1994, they concluded that the geographic pattern of the outbreak clearly showed that it was caused by an aerosol that had escaped from a facility known as Military Compound 19. “Bad meat does not go in straight lines 50 kilometers long, but wind can do that,” says Meselson, whose wife and fellow team member Jeanne Guillemin wrote a book about the investigation. Many other issues, such as exactly how the cloud was released, remain mysterious.


    Professor Meselson for many, many years insisted it was contaminated meat over the strenuous objections of others. Declassified notes show DIA analysts were aghast after he left one meeting. He received a medal from Russia.

    I guess it is never too late to be right — unless it is.

    • DXer said

      Meselson testified before a Senate hearing in 1989 that the evidence supported the Soviet explanation, not an explosion at a Soviet biological weapons facility. U.S. intelligence for its part continued to find the Soviet “fabrications” about the accident unconvincing. (See Document No. 28)

      • DXer said

        Meselson had finally came around to the view long held by the intelligence community when he published his final findings on the case in November 1994 in the journal Science.(9) Meselson was prepared to conclude that the cause of death was airborne anthrax spores released from a military installation, He also concluded the size of the release was between a few milligrams and a gram, leaving open the possibility it was the result of defensive biological warfare research, a conclusion contested by U.S. intelligence analysts, who argued the release must have involved pounds of anthrax, based on prior studies into the dispersal of biological agents. As Dr. William C. Patrick, the veteran of over 30 years as a biological weapons researcher at Fort Detrick, Maryland and expert on anthrax dispersal noted later, he and other experts “hooted” when Meselson presented his release estimates.(10) The U.S. intelligence position was also supported by Ken Alibek, who said Compound 19 was involved in the “industrial” production of anthrax. Regarding the actual cause of the release, information later obtained from people involved with the Soviet biological warfare effort revealed that the cause of the anthrax release in Sverdlovsk was the failure by maintenance personnel to replace a critical filter in a vent serving the anthrax production facility.

  24. DXer said

    Louis Bladel interview:

    15 years later: FBI agent recalls nation’s greatest test
    John Moody August 15, 2016

    As an FBI special agent and a career federal law enforcement officer, he also knows how the bureau has been forced to rethink the way it does business in the 15 years that have followed the terrorist attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center.

    “Now we reach out to our partners when we don’t know something about a particular group,” Bladel said. “That really didn’t happen enough prior to 9/11. There were walls set up by design between agencies.”

    “It used to be your agency stayed in their lane, but now there’s a lot of cooperation,” Bladel said. “The cross-lane cooperation has been greatly enhanced. That cooperation is something to be proud of. We’ve done a very good job with that.”

    “We focus on counterespionage, counterproliferation, and counterintelligence.”—Louis Bladel
    It’s a philosophy that extends beyond domestic borders and U.S. agencies—the FBI, CIA, and the National Security Agency—to friendly foreign partners, Bladel said. That list includes “the Brits, the Canadians, the Aussies, and the New Zealanders.”

    He’s been with the FBI since 1996, serving in New York City and primarily in Washington, D.C. He’s also had temporary assignments in Guam and Kenya. His current position is special agent in charge of the counterintelligence division of the New York field office.

    “I worked from noon to midnight until January—and that was the whole office, not just me,” Bladel said. “But that’s no big deal. If you can’t get motivated by this, then you shouldn’t be in the FBI.”


    By 2002 he was promoted to a supervisory special agent position in the Eurasian Section at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he worked on counterintelligence and espionage investigations.


    He’s spent the bulk of his career since working out of Washington, but as of October 2015, he’s back in the New York office, where his duties are wide ranging.

    “We focus on counterespionage, counterproliferation, and counterintelligence,” he said.


    He’s spent the bulk of his career since working out of Washington, but as of October 2015, he’s back in the New York office, where his duties are wide ranging.

    “We focus on counterespionage, counterproliferation, and counterintelligence,” he said.


    It is ironic, then that the FBI use Dr. Ivins longer hours in the Fall 2001, to including December 2001, as evidence of his guilt. (The hours stopped upon the first implementation of the 2-person rule in January 2002, which the US Attorney falsely and without factual basis suggested had been in effect in September and October 2001.

    The Agent perhaps knows of Malaysia’s failure to cooperate — and Yazid Sufaat’s failure to cooperate in 2002. (Sufaat felt betrayed by his country and so stubbornly failed to share with his interrogators).

    Most of my insights on Egyptian Islamic Jihad, Blind Sheik Abdel-Rahman, Ayman Zawahiri, and the importance of Brooklyn, came from a hockey-loving agent out of the NYC office, who shortly after 9/11 shared online some historical background. If Amerithrax is going to be truly solved, it likely would have to come out of the FBI’s NYC office.

    Anthrax, Al Qaeda and Ayman Zawahiri: The Infiltration of US Biodefense

    • DXer said

      Does this fall within Louis Bladel’s purview? Jobs such as his — whether in New York or DC — must be like drinking from a firehose. It must be very difficult to dive too deeply into the complexity of a particular case or issue.

      Secret Ledger in Ukraine Lists Cash for Donald Trump’s Campaign Chief

      KIEV, Ukraine — On a leafy side street off Independence Square in Kiev is an office used for years by Donald J. Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, when he consulted for Ukraine’s ruling political party. His furniture and personal items were still there as recently as May.

      And Mr. Manafort’s presence remains elsewhere here in the capital, where government investigators examining secret records have found his name, as well as companies he sought business with, as they try to untangle a corrupt network they say was used to loot Ukrainian assets and influence elections during the administration of Mr. Manafort’s main client, former President Viktor F. Yanukovych.

      Handwritten ledgers show $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments designated for Mr. Manafort from Mr. Yanukovych’s pro-Russian political party from 2007 to 2012, according to Ukraine’s newly formed National Anti-Corruption Bureau. Investigators assert that the disbursements were part of an illegal off-the-books system whose recipients also included election officials. ***

      • DXer said

        Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort linked to $12.7M cash payment in Ukraine ledgers

        The article was tweeted — just moments after it was posted online — by former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who was fired in June after clashing with Manafort over campaign strategy for the GOP presidential nominee.

        Lewandowski’s social media share generated thousands of likes and retweets.

        Comment: Which poses a great national security risk? A paid lobbyist working for Russian clients (who has had difficulty keeping Trump on script) or the former campaign manager whose credo was to let Trump — who most would agree is recklessly uninformed on foreign policy — be Trump.

  25. DXer said

    Parole board says Saudi who went to U.S. flight school too dangerous to release from Guantánamo

    Read more here:

    Sharbi attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona, and later went to a U.S. flight school, where he “associated with” two of the 9/11 hijackers, according to a profile released by the Pentagon before his review board hearing.

    Authorities said he later received training by al-Qaida in the manufacture of improvised explosive devices and was captured in a raid on a terrorist safe house in Faisalabad, Pakistan in 2002.

  26. DXer said


    When Adnan El-Shukrijumah called his mom to say he was coming to the US, he was at the home of KSM — as was Al Qaeda anthrax lab director Yazid Sufaat. (Sufaat was briefing KSM on the state of his work with anthrax, which he says he successfully developed for use as a weapon).

    July 15, 2016 5:23 PM

    Release of ‘28 pages’ isn’t last word on possible Saudi 9/11 links
    Released documents are riddled with deletions

    By Dan Christensen


    Last month, 19 survivors and relatives of those who died on Sept. 11 sent a letter to President Obama asking him to designate for “prompt declassification” nine categories of documents “relevant to responsibility for the events of 9/11.”

    “We hope and trust that you regard the release of the 28 pages as only a first step in responding to the public calls for transparency and accountability,” the letter says.

    The records requested for declassification are:

    ▪ Documents about the involvement of government-sponsored Saudi religious institutions in supporting al Qaeda. The letter identified 10 organizations that should be subject to declassification review, including the Muslim World League, Saudi High Commission for Relief of Bosnia & Herzegovina, the Saudi Red Crescent Society and Al Haramain Islamic Foundation.

    ▪ Documents concerning further investigations of the transactions, relationships and issues discussed in the 28 pages.

    ▪ Unreleased records of the 9/11 Commission. In 2004, the commission had urged that all of its records, to the greatest extent possible, be made publicly available by January 2009. “More than seven years after that target date, the bulk of the commission’s records have not been processed for declassification at all, and the limited records that have been released are in many cases so heavily redacted as to be of little use to the American public,” the letter says.

    ▪ Documents relating to the activities, interactions, relationships, contacts and financial transactions of the 9/11 hijackers in Florida and other areas of the United States.

    ▪ Documents about al Qaeda’s wealthy Gulf donors and support by Islamic banks and financial institutions. Those listed are: Al Rajhi Bank, National Commercial Banks, Saudi American Bank, Dubai Islamic Bank, al Shamal Islamic Bank, Faisal Finance and al Baraka.

    ▪ Records relating to Saudi Arabia’s “efforts to promote Wahhabi Islam” and the “relationship between those efforts and terrorist activity, fundraising and recruitment.” Those records are “especially pertinent” because employees of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs in the Saudi Embassy and in consulates “were implicated as possibly having provided support to the 9/11 hijackers.” Also, records about “as many as 70” Saudi diplomats associated with Islamic Affairs whose credentials were revoked in the aftermath of 9/11.

    ▪ Records about other investigations of al Qaeda attacks and operations. The letter seeks the “long overdue” release of records involving the 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound in Pakistan, the attack on the USS Cole, the 1998 African embassy bombings, the Bojinka plot and numerous other incidents.

    The victims and relatives, who for years have attempted to sue Saudi Arabia for damages, expressed concern in their letter that the Obama administration’s public response to calls for transparency “have focused narrowly on the 28 pages alone.”

    “Any meaningful effort to provide the American public with the truth concerning Saudi Arabia’s role in the emergence of al Qaeda and the events of 9/11 must encompass the full spectrum of evidence bearing on questions of Saudi culpability, not merely the 28 pages,” the letter says.

    “By all public accounts, the 28 pages focus on a very discrete set of relationships and transactions relating to Saudi support for two of the 9/11 hijackers once they were already in the United States,” the letter goes on. “While this evidence is critically important, the broader issue, and the one principally raised by our lawsuit against the Kingdom, is the extent of Saudi Arabia’s funding and patronage of al Qaeda, and role in spreading the jihadist ideology that gave rise to bin Laden’s organization during the decade leading up to the attacks.”

    Efforts to obtain access to other, still-secret 9/11 information are underway. For example, the Florida Bulldog has a number of outstanding Freedom of Information requests that seek FBI and terrorism task force records about the activities of the suicide hijackers in South Florida, northern Virginia and northern New Jersey.

    More recent federal documents that may shed light on 9/11 are also being sought for public disclosure.

    On June 16, Florida Bulldog’s parent, Broward Bulldog Inc., sued the FBI and the Department of Justice under the Freedom of Information Act, seeking records by and about the FBI’s 9/11 Review Commission.

    The Review Commission was established a decade after the 9/11 Commission to conduct an “external review” of the FBI’s performance in implementing the original commission’s recommendations and to assess new evidence. It held no public hearings and released no transcripts or documents to explain the conclusions in its March 2015 report. The commission’s members and executive director were paid by the FBI in still-secret personal services contracts.

    Read more here:

  27. DXer said

    Note that the “28 pages” related to information provided the committee that then merely were not disclosed to the public. The Sarasota documents were documents NEVER even provided to the Committee. Senator Graham, do you think Prince Bandar, aggravated already at how things looked, would want it known that Shukrijumah, son of a man on the Saudi dole, was a prime anthrax mailing suspect?

    Secret Saudi-9/11 files shed little light on terrorist ties to Sarasota family

    By Billy Cox & Lee Williams
    Staff Writers
    Published: Friday, July 15, 2016 at 7:56 p.m.

    Last Modified: Friday, July 15, 2016 at 7:56 p.m.

    Newly declassified pages from a congressional report into 9/11 released Friday have reignited speculation that some of the hijackers had links to Saudis, including government officials — allegations that government officials say were never substantiated by later U.S. investigations into the terrorist attacks.

    Congress released the last chapter of the inquiry that has been kept under wraps for more than 13 years, stored in a secure room in the basement of the Capitol. Lawmakers and relatives of victims of the attacks, who believe that Saudi links to the attackers were not thoroughly investigated, campaigned for years to get the pages released.

    Sarasota connections

    The document does little to shed any light on the hijackers’ ties to Saudis who were living in Sarasota County shortly before the 9/11 attacks, but does lay out a potential network in California that mirrors what some investigators outside of government believe existed in Southwest Florida, where several of the hijackers trained to fly.

    The potential details in this region are still awaiting a ruling from U.S. District Court Judge William Zloch in Fort Lauderdale, who is overseeing a freedom of information lawsuit filed by a South Florida journalist and joined by the Herald-Tribune.


    Working off interviews with an unnamed counterterrorism agent and the security officer of a gated Sarasota neighborhood, and writing for the Florida Bulldog, journalists Anthony Summers and Dan Christensen revealed Atta and Jarrah had multiple contacts with a Saudi Arabian family that abruptly left their luxury three-bedroom residence in the Prestancia enclave of Sarasota County on or about Aug. 30, 2001.

    Alerted by neighbors’ suspicions about a lack of activity and three vehicles apparently abandoned in the driveway and garage, FBI agents converged on 4224 Escondito Circle within weeks of the 9/11 attacks. According to the counterterrorism operator and then-Prestancia Homeowner’s Association director Larry Berberich, the family left mail on the table, dirty diapers in the bedroom, made beds, a refrigerator full of food, and closets with entire wardrobes intact.

    The 3,300 square-foot home was owned by Saudi businessman and Royal family confidant Esam Ghazzawi, but its primary residents were his daughter Anoud, son-in-law Abdulaziz al-Hijji, then a recent University of South Florida graduate, and two small children. The Bulldog reported that gate records and security-camera photos of visitors’ license plates, along with phone records, indicated Jarrah and Atta knew the al-Hijjis well.

    Phone records connected the Ghazzawis with 11 other suspected al-Qaeda members. One, Walid al-Shehheri, died with Atta during the World Trade Center attack. Another — Adnan Shukrijumah, on the FBI’s Most Wanted List — was killed by the Pakistani army in 2014.


    Miami attorney Tom Julin, who represents Christensen and Florida Bulldog in a freedom of information suit, said the document demonstrates the Saudis’ broad activities in the U.S. before 9/11: “As Bob Graham told us, the FBI did not call to Congress’ attention the connection they found in Sarasota to the Saudis. What is in the documents, is a good amount of information about what the FBI did discover in other places.”

    One of the most startling revelations, Julin said, was that two of the people alleged to have provided assistance and support to the hijackers were Saudi intelligence officers. Still, Julin says, he did not realize the allegations contained in the 28 pages would be so strong.

    “Bob Graham has been telling everyone to read this, and now I see why,” he said. “It’s a pretty strong indictment of Saudi Arabia and the FBI. We all need to read this carefully.”

  28. DXer said

    When a Trail of Clues Nearly Led the FBI to America’s Favorite Saudi
    July 17, 2016 10:30 AM EDT
    Eli Lake

  29. DXer said
    How Bad Can a President Be?

    A new biography exposes the mysterious confidence behind George W. Bush’s greatest failures.

    By Thomas Mallon

    Smith points out that Bush attended no meetings of the National Security Council in the seven months prior to September 11, 2001. In her reports on these gatherings, Condoleezza Rice—Bush’s national-security adviser, workout partner, and something of an alter ego—tended to synthesize disagreements among the participants, leaving Bush with a false feeling of consensus.

    Smith gives us a few interesting details about upstairs life in the White House during the weeks after 9/11 (the President and Laura Bush both began taking Cipro after the anthrax letters arrived at the Capitol)

  30. DXer said

    Where in New York did the Pulse shooter live?

    Orlando gunman tied to radical imam released from prison last year, say law enforcement sources

    By Malia Zimmerman

    Published June 12, 2016 has reported extensively on Robertson, a former U.S. Marine who served as a bodyguard to the Blind Sheik involved in the 1993 World Trade Center Attack and led a gang of New York bank robbers called “Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves” before resurfacing in Orlando, where he started an Islamic seminary. …

    While in the John E. Polk Correctional Facility in Seminole County, Robertson was considered so dangerous, he was kept in shackles and assigned his own guards. Whenever he was transported to court, a seven-car caravan of armed federal marshals escorted him. He was initially moved into solitary confinement after prison authorities believed he was radicalizing up to 36 of his fellow prisoners.


    During the same period, federal authorities claimed Robertson served as a bodyguard to Omar Abdel Rahman, nicknamed the “Blind Sheik,” who led the terrorist group that carried out the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and donated more than $300,000 in stolen funds to mosques he attended, both claims Robertson denied. Robertson has adamantly denied the claims.

    After he was arrested in 1991 along with most of the other members of the gang, prosecutors cut a deal with Robertson, and let him serve four years in prison before going to work undercover for the FBI between 2004 and 2007 to document terrorists’ plans and networks in Africa, Egypt and the United States.

  31. DXer said

    Woman linked to Isis anthrax attack charged in Nairobi court

    Posted on Jun 6, 2016

  32. DXer said

    Missing 28 Pages of the 9/11 Report

    Former senator Bob Graham is on a mission to get the missing 28 pages from a congressional 9/11 investigation released. His biggest obstacle so far? The FBI.
    Former Florida senator Bob Graham caused a stir when he used the term “aggressive deception” to describe the FBI’s treatment of 28 pages from a 2003 congressional inquiry into the 9/11 attacks.

    The word choice was intentional, the co-chair of the investigation of the 9/11 terrorist attacks told The Daily Beast, because to Graham, what the FBI did was worse than the conventional Washington cover-up.

    “Cover-up is a fairly passive action. You put something away and keep it out of the vision of other people who might wish to see it,” Graham explained. “Aggressive deception is where you try to change the narrative in an untruthful way, and then you keep the material that would provide the truth away from the people. So the only thing they see and are exposed to is the false narrative.”

    It’s an explosive charge, a hair’s breadth away from calling the highest law enforcement officials liars, but when Graham lays out the sequence of events that brought him—a former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee— to level such a broadside, his ire is understandable.

  33. DXer said

    County distributes sample medication in anthrax release drill

  34. DXer said

    The U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command (USAMRMC) Headquarters Electronic Reading Room is Exhibit A in support of the agency’s powerful support of transparency and accountability using the vehicle of the Freedom of Information Act.

    Army strong, the agency walks the walk.

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  35. DXer said

    I have submitted the following FOIA request to USAMRMC:

    USAMRMC FOIA Officer:

    Sandra Rogers

    Sandra, Dr. Ivins told a superior that he would not have the Ames that he should have.

    If there is someone who knows of a justification for the missing virulent Ames (see produced emails) used to kill 5 people in 2001, doesn’t the public have a right to know?

    In balancing the interests, why would it be an unwarranted invasion of privacy? The disclosure, instead, is clearly warranted.

    DOJ gives guidance:

    Exemption 6 protects information about individuals in “personnel and medical files and similar files” when the
    disclosure of such information “would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal
    privacy.” …

    In order to determine whether Exemption 6 protects against disclosure, an agency
    should engage in the following two lines of inquiry: first, determine whether the information
    at issue is contained in a personnel, medical, or “similar” file covered by Exemption 6; and, if
    so, determine whether disclosure “would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal
    privacy” by balancing the privacy interest that would be compromised by disclosure against
    any public interest in the requested information.

    The emails at issue have been uploaded here.

    In case you cannot access the web link, the dates and times of the 3 emails are as follows:

    (1) December 18, 2006, 9:06 a.m.
    (2) December 17, 2006 7::39 a.m.
    (3) December 18, 2006 9:14 a.m.

    If you, John Peterson or anyone else would further briefing of the applicable precedent, let me know.

    It seems an issue that warrants appeal and litigation if necessary given the public interest.

  36. DXer said

    Dr. Ivins told a superior that he would not have the Ames that he should have.

    If there is someone who knows of a justification for the missing virulent Ames used to kill 5 people in 2001, doesn’t the public have a right to know?

    In balancing the interests, why would it be an unwarranted invasion of privacy? The disclosure, instead, is clearly warranted.

    Senator Leahy received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1964. He has considerable experience with the polices of the federal FOIPA statute.

    Senator Leahy, in the case of these particular emails, why should the name of the correspondent by redacted under (b)(6)?

    DOJ gives guidance:

    Exemption 6 protects information about individuals in “personnel and medical files and similar files” when the
    disclosure of such information “would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal
    privacy.” …

    In order to determine whether Exemption 6 protects against disclosure, an agency
    should engage in the following two lines of inquiry: first, determine whether the information
    at issue is contained in a personnel, medical, or “similar” file covered by Exemption 6; and, if
    so, determine whether disclosure “would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal
    privacy” by balancing the privacy interest that would be compromised by disclosure against
    any public interest in the requested information.

    Some background:

    “Senator Leahy: It’s Not Closed”
    By Paul Kane
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Wednesday, February 16, 2011

  37. DXer said

    What did Al Qaeda anthrax lab head Yazid Sufaat discuss at the meeting in Kandahar with Adnan El-Shukrijumah and KSM before Adnan set off to return to the United States shortly after 9/11?
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on June 7, 2013

    DXer says: Adnan El-Shukrijumah is the anthrax mailer … on or about 9/13/2001, he phoned from KSM’s house to tell his mom he was coming to the US
    Posted on June 6, 2014

    In written correspondence with the Case Closed blog, the Sacramento State graduate and former Malaysian Army Captain Yazid Sufaat has invoked the “Fifth Amendment” and declined to disclose the b. anthracis strain he was using.
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 28, 2015

    2014 Straits Times report : Into what weapons did Yazid Sufaat attempt to load anthrax?
    Posted on February 23, 2014

  38. DXer said

    DXer says: Adnan El-Shukrijumah is the anthrax mailer … on or about 9/13/2001, he phoned from KSM’s house to tell his mom he was coming to the US
    Posted on June 6, 2014

    Al Hawsawi, who had the anthrax processing documents scanned on his laptop, was closely affiliated with Adnan El-Shukrijumah
    Posted on September 22, 2014

    One of the men who set up Yazid Sufaat’s anthrax lab in Kandahar in May 2001 acknowledged association with Jaffar al-Tayyar aka (Adnan al-Shukrijumah) but apparently the interrogator was confused by the multiple aliases
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 22, 2014

    Zawahiri and Mohammed Islambouli (brother of Sadat’s assassin) personally visited Adnan El-Shukrijumah’s Brooklyn, NY mosque, Al-Farouq
    Posted on June 7, 2013

  39. DXer said

    Will the FBI produce long withheld documents about anthrax mailing suspect Adnan El-Shukrijumah?
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 27, 2015

    9/11 Congressional press conference tomorrow: Anthrax mailing suspect Adnan El-Shukrijumah, son of a salaried Saudi missionary, was at this Sarasota, FL home with his accomplice, 911 lead hijacker Mohammed Atta.
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on January 6, 2015

    Senate Torture Report: KSM wrote bin al-Shibh a letter referencing “Jafar the Pilot” and indicating that “Jafar” “ought to prepare himself” to smuggle himself from Mexico ; the letter was seized in September 2002
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on December 10, 2014

    In February 2003, the FBI announced that “Jafar the Pilot” (aka Adnan El-Shukrijumah) had entered the country sometime after September 1, 2001
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 26, 2014

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