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. U.S. District Judge William J. Zloch, Fort Lauderdale, presiding.
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. The Bulldog and the FBI appealed a 2017 ruling by Miami U.S. District Judge Cecilia Altonaga. A three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in July and is expected to rule soon.
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 before the Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel. CASE CLOSED JANUARY 2017. Key documents from the Mandatory Declassification Review and FOIA cases are below.