SEC: No Records Whatsoever Regarding Destroyed WTC 7 Investigation Files

The following is a January 28, 2009 Freedom of Information Act reply from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, within which they indicate that no responsive records were located pertaining to thousands of SEC investigative files reportedly destroyed on September 11, 2001 following the collapse of World Trade Center building 7.

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Mr. Monaghan,

I tried to reach you earlier by phone to discuss your message below. My supervisor, Mrs. Brenda Fuller would like to speak with you regarding your message. Please contact her at 202-XXX-XXXX.

Thank you,

Sonja Osborne

FOIA/PA Research Specialist



From: Aidan Monaghan []
Sent: Monday, December 08, 2008 10:29 AM
To: Osborne, Sonja
Subject: Re: FOIA Request No. 09-00852

Dear Ms. Osbourne:

Because the SEC is unable to locate records responsive to the original request for FOIA records, the requester would like to modify the said original request.

I respectfully request copies of the following SEC records:

A bibliography of, copies of, or other records pertaining to investigation records once stored at the SEC offices once located within floors 11-13, of World Trade Center building 7 in New York City, New York.

Thank you for your consideration of this request. For reference, a publication describing the records in question is provided below.

Aidan Monaghan


SEC & EEOC: Attack Delays Investigations

By Margaret Cronin Fisk
National Law Journal
September 17, 2001

Additional details emerged Friday about the effect of the collapse of 7 World Trade Center on investigations being conducted by the New York offices of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, both of which were housed in the building.

The SEC has not quantified the number of active cases in which substantial files were destroyed. Reuters news service and the Los Angeles Times published reports estimating them at 3,000 to 4,000. They include the agency's major inquiry into the manner in which investment banks divvied up hot shares of initial public offerings during the high-tech boom.

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From: Osborne, Sonja


Sent: Friday, December 05, 2008 1:42 PM

Subject: FOIA Request No. 09-00852

<<09-00852 Final Response.pdf>>

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----- Original Message -----
From: Aidan Monaghan
Sent: Friday, November 21, 2008 7:29 AM
Subject: FOIA Request

Securities and Exchange Commission
Office of FOIA and Privacy Act Operations
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549-5100

Re: Freedom of Information Act Request

To Whom it Concerns:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

I respectfully request the following SEC records:

- A reasonably segregable bibliography of investigation records stored at the SEC offices once located within floors 11-13, of World Trade Center building 7 in New York City, NewYork.

Disclosure of the requested information to me is not in my commercial interest.

Thank you for your consideration of this request.

articles cited on wtc-7 hard drive recovery

i recall michael berger [] mentioning newspaper articles referring the reclamation of various hard drives recovered after the wtc7 collapse.

have you cited these articles, or others, in you search for freedom of information.

thank you for this effort.

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Computer back-up

Every major corporation has computer back-up in another city or location. Shouldn't we assume it was likewise with the SEC and other investigations? Thanks for the great work, Aidan.

Keep up the great work Aidan!

I so admire your persistence.

The SEC under Bush has shown themselves to be ineffective in policing the massive corruption on Wall Street.

The fact that they say they have found no records of what files were destroyed in WTC 7 is consistent with their tendencies.

The system of justice in this country is broken.

Thanks for your tireless efforts.

Financial Crimes "Piggy-Backed" Upon 9/11 Covert-Op?

Insider trading, WTC hard drives apparently containing evidence of huge transactions occurring while attacks were underway and now this.

Its possible the FBI seized SEC information regarding its WTC 7 operations but even that seems less than plausible.

Who knows what else may have disappeared down the WTC 7 Black Hole.

Thanx RID and JM.


Important work, Aidan. Thanks.

I watched...

the film, "Enron, the smartest guys in the room", and lo & behold the mention of one govenor Bush is mentioned in the scandal. Along comes Sept. 11, 2001, & whadda U know, the building, housing the documents by the SEC into the Enron case, miraculously is destroyed & carted off with no examination into the cause of it falling into it's own footprint due to only a couple of fires on a few floors. One of the floors just happens to be where, lo & behold, the SEC is!!!
Now the guy who used to be govenor of Texas,(mentioned in the Enron scandal),is president & drags his feet into a trumped up investigation into what happened that fateful day. Not only that, the evidence is conveniently shipped off & melted down, never to be seen again.
Hmmmm....let's blame Muslums & continue to go shopping!
What a farce!


I admire you for taking the initiative on this.

Where can we learn the process for filing a FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT request?

With you in the struggle,
WeAreChangeLA -

A Good Reference

Here is a good FOIA reference:

Plus, all federal government agency websites contain an easy to find FOIA link.

Thanx Bruno and ACD.

Pduveen: Perhaps.

Perhaps you can rephrase

your FOI to ask for anything pertaining to damage assessment due to the events of 9-11.


has been HELPING Wall Street Criminals, rather than going after them. Madoff's firm was investigated
at least 6 time, starting in 1991 & they never came up with anything. Yet, his firm didn't conduct ONE
TRADE. A citizen officialy complained to the SEC about Madoff & wrote a 20 page report detailing his
frauds & even titled it the World's Largest Ponzi Scheme & the SEC did nothing.

Standard practice to have copies inanother location geographique

Herblay FRANCE

bonjour ,

since 1975, the computer county council for whom I work for, have always double copies of pay, accounts, etc information. One is in a fire proof safe in the computer building and the other in the county librairie. And I know that this is standard practice for computer departments.
Therefore, knowing that the Americans are not less cleverer than the French, I would expect that copies are create in an other location.

Yours John