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FBI still hiding 15000 documents on Tampa's 911 connections
« on: August 16, 2013, 12:00:37 PM »
A mass of documents detailing the Tampa area connection to the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, many of which may have never been made public, are stored out of sight in the FBI’s Tampa field office.

“The FBI’s Tampa office alone has more than 15,352 documents (serials), which together contain, potentially, hundreds of thousands of pages of records related to the 9/11 investigation,” say new court papers filed by the U.S. Department of Justice in federal court in Fort Lauderdale.

Precisely what information is contained in those records was not disclosed.

The FBI’s investigation of the 9/11 attacks, in which nearly 3,000 people died, was code-named PENTTBOMB, a compression of the words Pentagon, Twin Towers and Bombing. The FBI has said PENTTBOMB was its largest investigation ever, which at its peak involved more than half of its agents.

http://www.browardbulldog.org/2013/08/fbi-resists-thorough-search-of-vast-911-files-in-tampa-for-records-about-sarasota-saudis/

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Re: FBI still hiding 15000 documents on Tampa's 911 connections
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2013, 05:35:51 PM »
Wow, nice find ...


http://www.browardbulldog.org/foia-lawsuit/
FOIA Lawsuit


On September 5, 2012, Broward 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 complaint seeks records of an investigation involving a Saudi family, former residents of Sarasota, who may have provided aid or assistance to the 9/11 hijackers.
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« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2013, 10:17:41 AM »
The Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities before and after the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001 is the official name of the inquiry conducted by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence into the activities of the U.S. Intelligence Community in connection with the September 11, 2001 attacks. The investigation began in February 2002 and the final report was released in December 2002.

It is still partially classified.

In particular there is a classified section "suggesting specific sources of foreign support for some of the September 11 hijackers while they were in the United States."

When are we going to get to read the report in full.

We don't even get to read the coverup reports uncensored, never mind the FBI source documents

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« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2014, 01:05:15 PM »
Friday, April 4, 2014

A federal judge on Friday chided the FBI for failing to produce records tied to a prominent Saudi Arabian family who seemed to abandon their Sarasota home suddenly just prior to the 9/11 terror attacks.

U.S. District Court Judge William Zloch ordered the FBI to conduct a much more thorough search than it had previously done and deliver all pertinent documents — uncensored — to him by April 18 for review.

The judge said the FBI must comply using its most advanced document search system, called Sentinel, to search for records pertaining to a year-and-a-half old Freedom of Information lawsuit filed by the Fort Lauderdale news site Broward Bulldog.

Under the judge’s order, the FBI also must search for documents related to the Saudi family, a home in Sarasota’s gated Prestancia subdivision and the investigation following the 2001 attacks using Sentinel and multiple other search systems.

To date, the FBI has turned over 35 pages of heavily redacted documents — out of the 15,000 files it has acknowledged were part of its Florida inquiry into the 9/11 attacks.

The agency initially refused to search for the family’s names, claiming that would result in an invasion of privacy.

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« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2014, 06:41:01 AM »
Glenn Beck covers 911... see there is hope.

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What Secrets Lie Within 27 Boxes of New 9/11 Documents Discovered in Florida?

On the heels of a Freedom of Information lawsuit seeking records about the FBI’s reportedly secret investigation into apparent pre-9/11 terrorist activity with connections to the Saudi royal family, the bureau doesn’t appear in a hurry to release the 27 boxes of records a federal judge ordered it to turn over, according to the Broward Bulldog investigative news site, which filed the FOIA suit.

The Justice Department determined that the office of U.S. District Judge William J. Zloch — who ordered delivery of the documents for his personal inspection — lacks a safe with “storage capability for classified documents.”

But the government has a solution.

“The plan at present is to deliver the safe [which can hold four boxes] on Thursday, May 1, 2014, along with the first four boxes of classified materials,” Miami Assistant U.S. Attorney Dexter Lee said. “When the court has completed its review of the four boxes, chambers will be contacted and I will deliver four more boxes, as well as retrieving the material already reviewed.”

And about those 27 boxes? That’s a new total. A senior FBI official stated under oath two weeks ago that there are 23 boxes of documents in the Tampa bureau — but the FBI has just identified four additional boxes of “classified” 9/11 documents, bringing the total to 27 boxes.

There was no explanation for the apparent numerical discrepancy.
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/05/01/what-secrets-lie-within-27-boxes-of-new-911-documents-discovered-in-florida/

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« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2014, 06:27:39 PM »
Important witness, in this case, killed:

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Slain al Qaeda chief tied to 9/11; Key figure in FBI’s once secret probe of Sarasota Saudis
Filed under 9/11, A1 TOP STORY on DECEMBER 9, 2014 AT 6:01 AM
By Dan Christensen, BrowardBulldog.org

A top al Qaeda operative reportedly shot dead in a weekend raid by the Pakistan army was a key figure in the FBI’s Sarasota investigation of a Saudi couple that declassified FBI documents say had “many connections” to the 9/11 hijackers.

Adnan G. El Shukrijumah, a former Miramar resident who attended Broward College in the late 1990s, was killed early Saturday morning in a helicopter gunship assault on a hideout in a mountainous region of northwest Pakistan near Afghanistan, a military spokesman said.

Wissam Hammoud, identified by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons as an “international terrorist associate,” told an FBI agent and a Sarasota County Sheriff’s detective in April 2004 that al-Hijji introduced him to his “friend” Shukrijumah at a soccer game at a Sarasota mosque in 2000 or 2001.

Hammoud is currently serving 21 years in prison after his 2005 guilty plea in Tampa to federal weapons violations and attempting to kill a federal agent and a witness. He reaffirmed his previous statements to the FBI in 2012 interviews. His wife and sister-in-law also corroborated Hammoud’s account.

In a brief interview outside his office, al-Hijji also said he did not know Shukrijumah. “The name doesn’t ring a bell,” he said.

The FDLE previously declined to release its file on Shukrijumah, a citizen of Guyana.

Shukrijumah’s movements around the time of 9/11 are unclear. The Miami Herald reported in 2011 that the FBI said he’d left the country in the weeks before 9/11. ABC News reported a decade ago that the FBI said Shukrijumah was in the U.S. until shortly after 9/11.

http://www.browardbulldog.org/2014/12/slain-al-qaeda-chief-tied-to-911-key-figure-in-fbis-once-secret-probe-of-sarasota-saudis/

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« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2015, 12:49:26 PM »
Shukrijuma death yet to be confirmed, six months on

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Six months after former Broward resident and suspected al Qaeda leader Adnan El Shukrijumah was reported killed by the Pakistan army, the FBI has not confirmed his death and continues to include him on its list of “Most Wanted Terrorists.”

Pakistani authorities have said the Saudi-born Shukrijumah was killed Dec. 6 during a helicopter gunship assault on a military compound in a mountainous region of northwest Pakistan near Afghanistan. His wife and four children were taken into custody, intelligence officials told Reuters.

“The United States government has not yet confirmed the death of El Shukrijumah. He will remain on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists List until the time a confirmation is made,” the FBI’s Office of Public Affairs said in an email statement.

Asked to explain what problems the FBI has encountered in making a positive identification via DNA or other methods, the FBI replied, “The confirmation process is ongoing and, therefore, the FBI will not comment on it.”

http://www.floridabulldog.org/2015/06/is-broward-terrorist-figure-adnan-shukrijumah-dead-fbi-cant-confirm-it/

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« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2015, 06:49:30 PM »
Back in 2011 two journalists for an online investigative journal had just revealed a long-suppressed federal investigation of a Saudi family, living in a gated community in Sarasota, Florida, who had fled in great haste just before the 9/11 attacks, leaving their possessions behind.

Bob Graham immediately took interest in the Sarasota angle, in part because his own congressional investigation had found other important Saudi links to 9/11, but hew quickly drew the attention of the FBI.
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I have a daughter who lives in Great Falls, Virginia, and my wife and I had flown up to Dulles to be with her for Thanksgiving. And as we got off the plane, a couple of FBI people met us, said they would like us to attend a meeting. So we went. The FBI has an office at Dulles, and there were two FBI people and an attorney from the Department of Justice. And basically, we spent an hour—with them trying to convince me to forget this, that it was a dead end, that all that was needed to be learned about it had already been learned. The phrase ‘get a life’ was sort of my summary of that conversation.

And then, I had been able to read a couple of files of materials on Sarasota, and I pointed out where their public statement was not consistent with what was in their own classified files. And the FBI officer said: “Well, that was a matter of context, that there was other information which refuted the statements which were contained in the investigative officer’s report.” So I said, “Well, can I see what that other information is?” And he said “yes” and we set a date for the week after Thanksgiving.

And when I went to the FBI office at the scheduled time, that same agent who [was at the meeting at Dulles] was there and he said: “Your meeting here has been canceled, is not going to be rescheduled, and incidentally, I know you’ve been trying to contact the agent who wrote the report, and I have told him not to talk with you.” And that was the last time I met with a high-ranking FBI official.
http://whowhatwhy.org/2015/04/27/out-of-control-fbi-to-former-head-of-911-investigation-butt-out/

I think its clear the FBI have made their mind up on this story, anyway.

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« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2016, 09:43:58 PM »
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During the summer of 2011, Summers approached plaintiffs to request their help researching a particular FBI investigation.

Summers advised plaintiffs that his investigation into the hijackers’ Florida ties brought to his attention certain Saudi persons formerly residing at 4224 Escondito Circle in Sarasota, Florida, which is less than 15 miles from the Florida Flight Training Center and from the Suntrust Bank in Venice, Florida.

Sarasota County official property records show that Esam A. Ghazzawi and his wife, Deborah G. Ghazzawi were the owners of the home at 4224 Escondito Circle in 2001.

The Washington Post reported on September 9, 2011, that “Esam Ghazzawi’s name arose when investigators of the renowned corrupt bank BCCI were trying to recover assets from Saudi Prince Fahd bin Salman, and the prince argued that his assets were being held in another account under Esam Ghazzawi's name.”

Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld, an expert on terrorism and corruption-related topics, testified before Congress that the Bank of Credit and Commerce International served as “the cash till for Hezbollah, the PLO, HAMAS, Abu Nidal, and other terrorist organizations. BCCI’s chief operating officer was Saudi billionaire, Khalid bin Mahfouz, banker to the Saudi royal family . . . . In 1992, Mahfouz paid $225 million to settle criminal charges against him in New York arising from his control of BCCI.”

Other Saudi government sources have reported that Prince Fahd bin Salman died suddenly at the age of 46 on July 24, 2001, shortly before the 9/11 attacks.

After Zubaydah reportedly identified Prince Ahmed bin Salman as supporting al- Qaeda, the Saudi government reported that the Prince died of an alleged heart attack on July 22, 2002.

After Anoud Esam Ghazzawi married al-Hijji, the couple lived at 4224 Escondito Circle, according to neighbor, Larry Berberich, and/or other current or former Prestancia residents. Berberich lived in the same gated community as the al-Hijjis. Berberich lived at 3900 Losillas Drive in Sarasota, Florida from approximately November 1, 1986 to December 1, 2005.

38. Plaintiffs learned from Berberich that the license plates of vehicles that had passed through the Prestancia community’s north gate in the months before the 9/11 attacks, coupled with the identification documents shown by incoming drivers on request, showed that cars driven by Mohamed Atta, Marwan al-Shehhi, Walid al-Shehri, Ziad Jarrah, and Adnan Shukrijumah had visited 4224 Escondito Circle.
http://www.floridabulldog.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/FOIAComplaint.pdf

In other words the main source for the story is Berberich. The gate records have never materialised.
Wissam Hammoud does appear to have been a close friend of Al-Hiij and probably a frequent visitor. Hammoud trafficked in illegal machine weaponry and threatened to murder a federal gent by beheading him. Hammoud is linked to Atta elsewhere on the net in unofficial sources. We can say with some certainty that Hammoud was a visitor. So that is suspicious enough.
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« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2017, 06:34:27 AM »
There is evidence tying Atta to Shukrijumah:
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4 In regard to the identification of Atta’s companions, the inspector identified two of three. She said all three had olive skin tone and dark features. She told the Commission she would never forget Atta, whom she told a colleague was “an ugly man, he looked like a bulldog.” The companion who first spoke to the inspector, she recalled “was a great looking kid,” which she also mentioned to a colleague. When the FBI’s Most Wanted photo of Adnan G. El Shukrijumah appeared on the inspectors’ bulletin board after September 11, and after the FBI interviewed her, the inspector says she told her supervisor at the port that she was “75 percent sure” that she could identify the man who was with Atta as Shukrijumah. In checking Shukrijumah’s immigration status, she learned that he was a legal resident and had worked in south
Florida. Information about the September 11 plot has not to date associated Shukrijumah with the plot.
9/11 AND TERRORIST TRAVEL
Staff Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States
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« Reply #11 on: April 01, 2017, 05:30:30 PM »
Both al-Hijji and Wissiam Taysir Hammoud, admit they knew one another and were friends.

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FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT
INVESTIGATIVE REPORT
On 8DEC03, Special Agent Scott McAllister (Florida Department of Law Enforcement) along with Special Agent Tom Baugher (Federal Bureau of Investigation) and Detective James LaPlante (Sarasota City Police Department) interviewed a confidential informant, under control of the Detroit office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The source provided information regarding Wissam HAMMOUD (Threatnet case # 03-38). HAMMOUD allegedly recently traveled to the Middle East, along with Jaleel “George” SAAD, reported to be the head of the Syrian Socialist Party. The purpose of the trip was for HAMMOUD to possibly export olive oil to the United States. The source reports that the Syrian Socialist Party is similar in beliefs as the Nazi party was in the 1940’s.
The source reported to police that HAMMOUD is very paranoid and has surveillance cameras positioned outside his residence, with vcr recorders in his garage and television monitors inside his residence.
The source also identified a photograph of Ron BARCO as a friend of HAMMOUD who currently holds HAMMOUD’s stash of (legitimate) weapons. Also a neighbor of HAMMOUD, who is an ex-marine, is also holding some legitimate weapons for HAMMOUD.
The source also spoke to Muneer ARAFAT as the Imam of the local mosque and that ARAFAT was a member of the Islamic Brotherhood, who follows a radical belief and teachings of ALBAZ, and wishes harm to the United States. According to the source, ARAFAT is reported to be in the Middle East raising money for the local mosque. (SA Baugher verified this information regarding ARAFAT being out of the country at this time).
HAMMOUD has pointed out the SouthTrust building (housing the offices of the FBI) and stated that he wanted to drive a gasoline truck into the building for “the pain and suffering they have caused (him).” Also, HAMMOUD has spoke about trying to locate the ATF source (who assisted the ATF in his investigation and arrest) in Ohio in order to kill him.
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« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2017, 04:28:32 PM »
Assem Hammoud is said here ( http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0607/S00294.htm ) to be a relative of Wissam Hammoud.

Assem plotted a bombing of the New York PATH system.

But Wissam's friend Shukrijumah is also accused of plotting a nyc subway bombing, apparently an entirely different plot.

Wissam Hammoud helped Abdulaziz alHijji quickly evacuate his Sarasota residence in Sep 2001. They were obviously tight, whether or not alHijji knew Shukrijumah or the hijackers.

Where was Anwar Aulaqi at this time?

Aulaqi had been acting strangely for at least a month  -  "A neighbor said that, in the first week of August 2001, al-Awlaki knocks on his door and tells him he is leaving for Kuwait. He came over before he left and told me that something very big was going to happen, and that he had to be out of the country when it happened, the neighbor claimed."
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« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2017, 08:28:41 AM »
The detainee Ramzi Binalshibh stated he received a phone call on 29 August 2001 from Atta that gave the date for the 9/11 attacks. After learning this, the detainee ordered active al Qaida cells in Europe and elsewhere to evacuate and then he fled to Pakistan.  -  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramzi_bin_al-Shibh#Allegations

This roughly coincides with the Al-Hijji evacuation.
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« Reply #14 on: May 11, 2017, 04:00:23 PM »
Esam Abbas Ghazzawi, son of a former Saudi ambassador, stepped from the shadows recently when he posted a website publicizing his extravagant design work for Saudi royalty and details about his background.

His website, esamghazzawidesigns.com, features photographs of Ghazzawi’s luxurious designs that have “transformed homes into palaces.” Magazine articles from the early 2000s show him meeting world leaders, including former United Kingdom Prime Minister John Major, the late Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and ex-President George H.W. Bush. Bush signed his picture, “To Esam A. Ghazzawi Best Wishes, George Bush.”

The FBI closely guards its files on Ghazzawi and has steadfastly refused to release even his name.

Esam Ghazzawi’s son, Adel Ghazzawi, 46, is also prominent. He is a prior board member at the East-West Institute, the New York think tank whose board members include ex-Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff. According to Relationship Science, which bills itself as the world’s “most powerful database of decision makers,” Adel Ghazzawi is on the board of directors of Prime International Group Services.

Curiously, Prime International surfaced last year in the Panama Papers case, the trove of 11.5 million leaked documents detailing private financial information about hundreds of thousands of offshore entities. Such entities are legal, but have been used to commit fraud, tax evasion and other crimes. The website of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists identifies Prime International Group Services Ltd. as having been established in 2004 in the British Virgin Islands, and as being beneficially owned by Saudi Prince Sultan bin Salman, the former astronaut. Its intermediary is listed as the Fahad Al-Nabet law office in Riyadh, and its overseas agent as the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. That firm’s founders, Jurgen Mossack and Ramon Fonesca, were arrested in February on money-laundering charges.

http://www.floridabulldog.org/2017/05/mysterious-saudi-businessman-in-911-puzzle-surfaces-online/
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« Reply #15 on: August 16, 2017, 01:40:58 PM »
July 2017

Secret FBI information about who funded the 9/11 attacks will remain hidden indefinitely after a Miami federal judge reversed herself last week and decided that the FBI was not improperly withholding it from the public.

At the same time, Judge Cecilia Altonaga ruled out holding a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) trial to evaluate the need for such continued secrecy nearly 16 years after the 9/11 attacks. A trial would likely have included testimony from government witnesses in support of continued secrecy as well as others like Bob Graham, the former Florida senator who co-chaired Congress’s Joint Inquiry into 9/11 and believes the FBI documents should be made public.

“The court sees no need for further facts to be elicited at trial,” Altonaga wrote in her seven-page order granting the FBI’s request to keep secret large portions of an FBI slide show titled “Overview of the 9/11 Investigation.” The FBI had argued the information was exempt from public disclosure because it would disclose the techniques and procedures for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions.

As far as the FBI is concerned a 2002 report, released by them during the litigation, saying that FBI agents found “many connections” between the Sarasota Saudis and “individuals associated with the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001” was written in error and the FBI agent who wrote it does not need to be identified.
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« Reply #16 on: October 17, 2017, 11:01:24 AM »
Does a Classified Sarasota Investigation Hold Shocking Truths About 9/11?
Former Florida Sen. Bob Graham believes it does.

By Lucy Morgan  10/26/2016

In September 2011, Bob Graham, a former Florida governor who served as United States senator from 1987 to 2005, got a call from an Irish journalist, Anthony Summers, who told Graham he was working with his wife Robbyn Swan on a book about the 9/11 attacks.
“He briefly told me about suspicious circumstances in Sarasota,” Graham says, “and he agreed to meet me at the Miami airport.”

Graham told me he was “surprised” by what Summers told him. “This was new information,” he said.

At the airport, Graham sat down with Summers, who was flying back to Ireland, and Dan Christensen, a journalist with the investigative blog Florida Bulldog. The two said an unnamed counterterrorism official had told them that the FBI’s Tampa office had compiled a lengthy report about connections between the hijackers and a wealthy Saudi family living in Prestancia, an exclusive gated Sarasota community where basketball superstar Michael Jordan once rented a home.

A young Saudi couple, Abdulazzi al-Hiijjii and his wife, Anoud, and their two young twins had lived in Prestancia for about six years before the attacks, the journalists told Graham.

But two weeks before the attacks, the journalists told Graham, the family left under what Graham describes as “urgent conditions—a new car left in front of the house, food in the refrigerator, and clothes in the washer.”

Graham, who says he’d long been concerned about evidence suggesting the Saudis may have played a role in 9/11, was electrified by the story. Neither he nor Porter Goss, co-chair of the joint congressional committee, had heard anything about the Saudi family in Sarasota during the 2002 investigation, he says. He contacted the FBI and was told the bureau had provided that information to the committee, but a search of the records proved otherwise.

The FBI had responded to the Bulldog story with a statement saying it had reviewed the Sarasota investigation and found no connections between the family and the hijackers. “That piqued my interest,” says Graham. He asked the FBI to show him the records of the investigation, and the bureau agreed to send them. But no records arrived. So in October 2011, Graham paid a visit to the custodian of the FBI records in Washington, D.C. “He told me he’d never received any requests [to send the reports to Graham], then asked, ‘Would you like to read them now?’” Graham says. He showed Graham two reports; one said there were “many” connections between the Prestancia family and the terrorists and suggested that further trails of inquiry should be pursued.

Since then, Graham has intensified his crusade to uncover more information about Saudi Arabia’s connections to 9/11, connections for which he says there is “voluminous evidence” and which the victims’ families and the American people deserve to know. “I was 65 when I started this and now I’m 79,” says Graham, who estimates he devotes at least a third of his time to this issue.

Graham said that in 2011, he and Adele flew into Dulles International Airport on their way to spend Thanksgiving with their daughter in Virginia. Much to their surprise, they were greeted by two FBI agents, who escorted them to an office at the airport where Sean Joyce, the deputy director of the FBI, awaited. Graham figured they had decided to release the Sarasota records. After his meeting at the Miami airport two months earlier, he had tried to contact Gregory J. Sheffield, the FBI agent who wrote the report and had since been transferred to Honolulu, to learn more about the investigation.

https://www.sarasotamagazine.com/articles/2016/10/26/secrets-and-lies
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