Armed Forces Institute Of Pathology: Pentagon & Shanksville 9/11 Records Exempt From Disclosure
The following is a September 10, 2008 Freedom of Information Act response from the U.S. Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP), regarding a request for records establishing the process of recovery and identification of forensic evidence from the crash scenes of American Airlines flight 77 in Arlington, VA and United Airlines flight 93 in Shanksville, PA on September 11, 2001. The records were deemed exempt from disclosure under U.S.C. § 552 (b)(7)(a) and (b)(7)(c) regarding law enforcement proceedings and privacy.
However, the process of collection and identification of forensic evidence from the Ground Zero site following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 was described in detail by the then head of the New York City medical examiners office, Robert Shaler, in the 2005 book "Who They Were: Inside the World Trade Center DNA Story: The Unprecedented Effort to Identify the Missing".
Although the AFIP described the following e-mailed record as a PDF within correspondence, the record was in fact a JPEG image file. A later request for a PDF copy of the said record was not granted.
According to AFIP e-mail correspondence, a copy of the said record was also provided via the USPS but was not received.
Redacted enlargement of original JPEG file: