FBI probe in 2012 focused on alleged supporters of hijackers


December 20, 2016

by Dan Christensen

As late as October 2012, federal prosecutors and FBI agents in New York City were actively exploring filing charges against a suspect for providing material support to the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers and other crimes.

The suspect’s identity and many details of the New York investigation are blanked out of an FBI summary report that discusses “Updates and Initiatives [as of 5 October 2012]” about 9/11. The document was released to Florida Bulldog amid ongoing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation that seeks access to records of the 9/11 Review Commission.

The report was heavily redacted for national security, privacy and other reasons. But the report’s declassified portions indicate the New York investigation targeted an apparent U.S. support network for two of the 9/11 suicide hijackers — Saudis Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar — who with three other terrorists crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon.

“This has never been disclosed before and it’s to the contrary of everything the FBI has produced so far that has indicated that 9/11 is history,” said former Florida Sen. Bob Graham, a Democrat who co-chaired Congress’ Joint Inquiry to the terrorist attacks. “It’s interesting that it took them 11 years to get there, and a FOIA to get this information to the public.”

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