Miami Judge Slams ‘Shameful’ FBI Delays in Making 9/11 Documents Public 1

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By Dan Christensen – FloridaBulldog.org

Re-Posted at Miami Herald

A Miami federal judge Tuesday excoriated the FBI for what she called its “shameful” delays in making public certain records about the bureau’s 9/11 Review Commission.

“It is distressing to see the length to which a private citizen must go” to obtain records under the Freedom of Information Act [FOIA],” said U.S. District Judge Cecilia Altonaga. “It’s quite shocking frankly.”

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At the same time, however, the judge gave the government two weeks to file a further summary judgment motion explaining why it believes the case brought by Florida Bulldog’s parent company should be dismissed. The ruling put off for now an unusual FOIA trial that had been scheduled to begin next week.

“The judge has done an excellent job moving this difficult case forward irrespective of the FBI’s stall tactics,” said attorney Thomas Julin, a partner in the Miami office of the Gunster law firm who represents Florida Bulldog. “This short delay will not put the Bulldog off the scent.”

Assistant U .S. Attorney Carlos Raurell represents the government. He declined to comment.

“The FBI started this fight by claiming it found nothing in Sarasota when it quite obviously did.”

– Tom Julin, attorney for Florida Bulldog

Broward Bulldog Inc. sued the FBI and the Justice Department last June, looking for records about the secretive three-man 9/11 Review Commission, whose most prominent member was Reagan-era Attorney General Edwin Meese. The group, also known as the Meese Commission, was authorized by Congress to conduct an “external” inquiry into the FBI’s post-9/11 performance and to assess new evidence. The commissioners were selected by FBI Director James Comey and paid by the FBI.

The Meese Commission, which began its work in 2014, went out of business after issuing a 127-page report in March 2015. The original 9/11 Commission, whose work the Review Commission examined, released its findings in 2004.

In a related case, Bulldog is suing the FBI in federal court in Fort Lauderdale seeking records from the FBI’s 2001-2003 investigation of Abdulaziz and Anoud al-Hijji, a Saudi couple living in Sarasota with ties to the kingdom’s royal family and apparent ties to the 9/11 hijackers. The al-Hijjis came to law enforcement’s attention after neighbors reported they’d abruptly moved out of their upscale home two weeks before the terrorist attacks, leaving behind their cars, clothes, furniture and food in the refrigerator.

U.S. District Judge William J. Zloch is reviewing more than 80,000 pages of classified 9/11 records produced by the FBI for his inspection and possible release.

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 found “many connections” between the al-Hijjis and “individuals associated with the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001.” The couple’s name was blanked out, but discernible.

The report flatly contradicted prior statements by the FBI that agents had found no connection to the 9/11 plot. The FBI, however, repudiated its report in a briefing given to the Meese Commission on April 30, 2014.

A memorandum about the briefing says FBI Supervisory Special Agent Jacqueline Maguire called the 2002 report “a bad statement. It was overly speculative and there was no basis for the statement.” The Meese Commission report said the agent who wrote it was “unable” to explain to his superiors why he wrote it as he did. The FBI has not identified the report’s author, but he is former Fort Myers Special Agent Gregory Sheffield.

At Monday’s calendar call, attorney Julin said the Bulldog was prepared to proceed to trial next week while prosecutor Raurell argued the government needed a continuance in order to file additional court papers asking the judge to dismiss the case. Judge Altonaga gave Raurell two weeks to file a new motion for summary judgment. If summary judgment is not granted on all remaining issues, a trial date will be scheduled.

Julin contends the FBI had no basis to keep Meese Commission records secret.

“The FBI started this fight by claiming it found nothing in Sarasota when it quite obviously did. We’re trying to get records which show why the Meese Commission continued this charade,” he said. “Did the FBI agree not to investigate Saudis who supported the 9/11 hijackers? That is what we’re trying to find out.”

On Monday, Judge Altonaga issued a 37-page order in which she addressed the government’s initial motion for summary judgment, filed Dec. 30, and issues about the appropriateness of FBI redactions laced through four previously released documents. The FBI has cited various exemptions to the Freedom of Information Act to justify those deletions, but the news organization objected to many of those redactions as improper.

In a nutshell, the judge ruled the FBI improperly veiled the names of FBI agents, the al-Hijjis and others in the records it has released by repeatedly citing two exemptions intended to shield information that could result in “an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.”

In her decision granting summary judgment in favor of the FBI on matters of national security, she cited legal precedent that courts ‘should defer to an agency’s decision to withhold information’ about national security matters.

The ruling could prompt the FBI to restore those names and re-release those documents, or the bureau could choose to try to persuade the judge of its position at a future trial.

The FBI fared much better with Altonaga regarding its other cited exemptions.

Specifically, the judge ruled the bureau had properly asserted exemptions intended to protect national security, confidential informants, law enforcement records or techniques and procedures and inter-agency or intra-agency memos or letters. The ruling means the FBI is not required to make that information public.

Altonaga saw unredacted copies of the documents. In her decision granting summary judgment in favor of the FBI on matters of national security, she cited legal precedent that courts “should defer to an agency’s decision to withhold information” about national security matters.

Judges “must recognize that the executive departments responsible for national defense and foreign policy matters have unique insights into what adverse affects [sic] might occur as a result of public disclosure of a particular classified record,” the court papers say.

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Christopher Bollyn: Israeli Terrorists Planned and Executed 9/11 False Flag 5

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Israel a rich target for 9/11 researchers

Feb 18, 2017: 9-11 Revisited, Christopher Bollyn Exposes Israeli Zionists

Richard gage mugRichard Gage, AIA and founder of  AE911Truth has thousands of building professionals and advanced degree researchers who have petitioned the US government for a new 9/11 investigation based on overwhelming evidence for controlled demolition and proven media deception.  In 2008 Architect, Gage produced 2 hour presentation “BLUEBRINT FOR TRUTH” using the rigors of the scientific method.

The DVD was sent to the FBI for review in 2008.  The FBI’s Michael Heimbach replied in writing that Gage’s presentation is, “based on thorough research and analysis.” (Source)

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Book Review | Solving 9-11: The Deception that Changed the World

by The Idaho Observer

No journalist has taken a deeper, harder look at 911 than Christopher Bollyn. Described as overwhelmingly precise and alarmingly accurate, Bollyn’s book, Solving 9-11: The Deception that Changed the World, is available online at Amazon

Unflinching, indepth and unapologetic, Bollyn has not backed off identifying the Mossad/Zionist powers as the puppetmasters pulling the strings that fateful September day.

“I am not like those who claimed to be 9-11 researchers, but who now say they have ‘moved beyond 9-11.’ How can anyone abandon the pursuit of the truth about 9-11 before the crime has been solved? Eight years after the terrorist attacks in which some 3,000 innocent people died, not one victim’s lawsuit has yet gone to trial. As a nation, Americans cannot allow 9-11 to go unsolved.

“How can we forget the hundreds of people who were roasted alive in the burning twin towers? How can we ignore the death and destruction that we, as a result, have wrongfully inflicted on the innocent people of Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, and Palestine? Who can accept an irresponsible administration dragging our military from one illegal war to another in the utterly fraudulent ‘war on terror,’ which the Bush administration promised will last for generations?

“If we, as Americans, don’t demand the truth about 9-11, who and what do we really stand for? Everything this administration has done for the past six years has been based on an unproven interpretation of the events of 9-11. What does it mean to be a citizen of ‘the land of the free and the home of the brave’ if we allow our minds and our nation to be so easily hijacked by government lies and propaganda? During the past few months, I have redoubled my efforts to solve 9-11. As the cover-up becomes more obvious and the guilty parties reveal themselves, this is the time to intensify the pressure, not give up.

WHO DID 9/11? Follow The Trillions Reply

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(VIDEO) CORBETT REPORT: Episode 308 9/11 Trillions: Follow The Money

James Corbett MugAt its most basic level, the events of September 11 should be considered a heinous crime, and demanding of thorough investigation and a just punishment. While the official investigative verdict has been reached and widely accepted through the 9/11 Commission Report, nagging questions continue to linger in the aftermath of this global tragedy. A growing movement of amateur sleuths believes the real motive behind the crimes of that day may be one of the oldest vices in the history of humankind: greed. For them, any thorough investigation of these events would have to include a careful consideration of the cash trail left in its wake. The thought-provoking new documentary 9/11 Trillions: Follow the Money conducts exactly this type of investigation, and produces a series of theories too credible to be ignored.

Exhaustively assembled and researched, the documentary utilizes a wealth of televised news reports and interviews, official court documents, and the commission’s own findings to argue its case. The questions it raises are shocking for both their callousness and probability.

Could 9/11 have been planned, at least in part, as an insurance scam? The film details the circumstances surrounding the single largest insurance settlement in history, and the strange series of events which precipitated it in the weeks and months leading up to the demise of the Twin Towers.

What are the facts behind the strange and illegal money transfers which were conducted from the World Trade Center on the morning of the attacks? Could investors have profited from having knowledge of the attacks before they were put into action on September 11th? In one of the film’s many supportive pieces of evidence, former CIA agent Robert Baer is shown making this exact accusation on video during a 2008 event in Los Angeles, as he claims to have an association with one White House insider who cashed out their portfolio the day before the terrorist plot unfurled.

For some, 9/11 Trillions: Follow the Money will surely result in an incendiary viewing experience. But even for those who deny claims of conspiracy in regards to that tragic day, the film offers valuable insights which are rarely discussed on a national stage, but deserve to be.

Produced by James Corbett in 2015 it is also the most up to date investigative study we have. Thanks to James Corbett of an outstanding job. https://www.corbettreport.com/about/