Lawsuit #1 – On September 5, 2012, Broward Bulldog — now Florida Bulldog — filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit in federal court in Fort Lauderdale against the Department of Justice and the FBI. The 25-page FOIA complaint seeks records of an FBI investigation involving a Saudi family, former residents of Sarasota, who may have provided aid or assistance to the 9/11 hijackers.
Lawsuit #2 – On June 15, 2016, the Bulldog again sued the FBI and Justice Department – this time seeking records about the FBI 9/11 Review Commission. Those records include the commission’s efforts to discredit an April 2002 FBI report released under the Freedom of Information Act that corroborated earlier reporting about the Saudi family’s quick exit from their Sarasota home two weeks before the attacks and their apparent ties to the 9/11 hijackers.
Mandatory Declassification Review – Florida Bulldog Editor Dan Christensen and 9/11 authors Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan are also pursuing what’s known as a Mandatory Declassification Review of 28 pages that were censored from the report to the nation by Congress’s Joint Inquiry into the terrorist attacks. Those pages involve “specific sources of foreign support” for the hijackers while they were in the U.S. The matter, filed in 2013, is now before the Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel.
Key documents from the Mandatory Declassification Review and FOIA cases are below.
FOIA LAWSUIT #2 –
**NEW** 6/15/16 — Complaint
MANDATORY DECLASSIFICATION REVIEW:
10/1/14 — Letter to ISCAP from Members of Congress
3/17/14 — Review Committee will hear appeal
10/2/13 — 9/11 Families press release
6/20/13 — 9/11 Families Letter to President Obama
FOIA LAWSUIT #1:
**NEW** 5/31/16 – Interim motion for attorney fees
**NEW** 5/31/16 – Declaration of Thomas R. Julin
3/22/16 – Paperless order by Judge William J. Zloch denying 4/24/15 motion for status conference and to depose FBI agent
4/24/15 — Request to depose FBI agent
7/1/14 —Document release #4. 11 pages.
6/6/14 — Fourth Hardy Declaration Document Release #3. 31 pages.
5/9/14 — Third Hardy Declaration Document Release #2. 4 pages.
4/6/14 — Further Order on Motion to Compel
3/26/14 — Newspapers’ amicus brief
7/19/13 — Our Motion to Compel Additional Search
7/12/13 — Order from Pretrial Conference
6/19/13 — Defendants Motion for Protective Order
6/26/13 — Joint Pretrial Stipulation
3/29/13 — FBI Document Release — #1. 35 pages.
11/19/12 — The Government’s Motion to Dismiss
9/5/12 Our FOIA complaint