A subsequent investigation of the al-Hijji’s home by a state and local law enforcement anti-terrorism task force that included Sarasota Police Dept. detective Jim Laplante, Sarasota County Sheriff Dept. detective Mike Otis and FBI agent Thomas Baugher, confirmed that the family appeared to have “fled” their home shortly before the attack with a sense of urgency. When it was ascertained that three of the four 9/11 hijack pilots had trained at an airport near Sarasota, suspicions arose that al-Hijji or members of his family had been a facilitator of the tragedy.
The FBI Tampa field office opened an investigation in Sarasota, which appears to have lasted for about two years (actually more like 3 years). Among other things, agents reportedly obtained evidence that some 9/11 hijackers had visited al-Hijji’s home. But the FBI kept its Sarasota investigation secret for a decade. It didn’t inform Congress’ Joint Inquiry into the attacks, which Bob Graham co-chaired. Nor did the FBI tell the subsequent 9/11 Commission about it. On September 5, 2012, the Florida Bulldog filed a Freedom of Information lawsuit in the United States federal court for the Southern District of Florida.
In response to the suit, the FBI initially claimed it could not find a single record of its Sarasota investigation. As the lawsuit progressed, the FBI changed its story and revealed that it had found a smattering of records, including one memo which stated an FBI agent, in fact, had found “many connections” between the family and the hijackers. The record directly contradicted the FBI’s prior public statements. The FBI obeyed a judicial directive and then sheepishly reported back that it had located more than 80,000 pages of 9/11 records in Sarasota Fl. It also claimed this entire trove of 9/11 evidence was classified and should never be disclosed to the public.
FBI agents were able to conduct a link analysis, a system of tracking calls based on dates, times and length of conversations — finding the Escondito Circle calls dating back more than a year, “lined up with the known 9/11 hijackers.” The links were not only to Mohamed Atta at 941-685-0468 and his 2 hijack pilot pals, the FBI agent said, but to 11 other terrorist suspects, including Walid al-Shehhri, one of the men who flew with Atta on the first plane to strike the World Trade Center.
MOHAMED ATTA PHONE RECORDS FOR 941-685-0468, Mohamed Atta's cellphone was recorded phoning the Moroccan embassy in Washington D.C. at 202-462-7979 and 202-462-7722 on January 2, 2001, just before Marwan Al-Shehhi flew to the country, see above records. A FBI counter-terrorism agent said records of incoming and outgoing calls made at the Escondito Circle Sarasota house were obtained from the phone company (BellSouth Sarasota Fl) under subpoena. Agents were able to conduct a link analysis, a system of tracking calls based on dates, times and length of conversations — finding the Escondito Circle calls dating back more than a year, “lined up with the known 9/11 hijackers.” The links were not only to Mohamed Atta at 941-685-0468 and his 2 hijack pilot pals, the FBI agent said, but to 11 other terrorist suspects, including Walid al-Shehhri, one of the men who flew with Atta on the first plane to strike the World Trade Center.
Another terrorist called by Mohamed Atta was Al-Qaeda leader Adnan Shukrijumah, a former Miramar FL resident identified as having been with Atta in the spring of 2001. Those 80,000 classified pages were reviewed for possible public release by presiding U.S. District Judge William Zloch in a Fort Lauderdale Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought by Florida Bulldog’s corporate parent in 2012.
The Sarasota FBI secret investigation into a Saudi support network for 9/11 hijack pilots Mohamed Atta, Marwan al-Shehhi and Ziad Jarrah appears to finally coming to a head, some real heavy hitters are now also seeking the truth, line the New York Times, the Washington Post, the AP, Fox Television Stations Nationwide and Gannett. Back in April 2014 The Miami Herald and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, joined the Broward Bulldog's hunt for truth in a friend of the court brief filing.
9/11 Hijack Pilots Mohamed Atta, Marwan al-Shehhi and Ziad Jarrah’s Support Network In Sarasota Fl Includes Esam Ghazzawi, Abdulaziz al-Hijji and Muneer Arafat. From March of 2002 up to April of 2005 I was involved with and initiated parts off a multi Law Enforcement Agency investigation of an assortment of Muslim men of Saudi, Moroccan and Palestinian background that appeared to be a support network for the 9/11 hijackers in Sarasota Fl. The Sarasota parallel investigation was headed up by agents from the Bureau of Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Bradenton Fl, Tampa Fl and Washington D.C.
This time period starting in March of 2002 appears to the same time period that the Miami Herald Media Co. has joined the Herald-Tribune Media Group in urging a federal judge to make the FBI disclose details of its long-running Sarasota 9/11 investigation. Sarasota FBI agent Thomas Baugher told me at one of our meetings at the SRQ Police Department Intel Unit ”THERE ARE NO COINCIDENCES IN TERRORISM.” The two media companies want to be heard in an existing federal lawsuit against the agency by Broward Bulldog, an independent news-gathering organization in Fort Lauderdale for information of a FBI secret 2OO2 investigation in Sarasota Fl
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