Sunday, May 13, 2007

Palm Beach Post: U.S. hides 9/11 data

Five and a half years after the 9/11 attacks, the Justice Department is still fighting to keep much information about the purported hijackers secret, according to the Palm Beach Post.

After a protracted legal wrangle, the Justice Department released 105 pages of FBI data to the newspaper -- but nearly all of that information had already been released via a congressional inquiry in 2003, the 9/11 commission in 2004 and the Zacarias Moussaoui trial in 2006, according to Eliot Kleinberg, writing for Saturday's editions.

The Cox newspaper has two appeals pending of Justice Department denials of Freedom of Information Act requests for FBI files concerning the 19 alleged hijackers, 15 of whom purportedly lived in South Florida, some reportedly training at flight schools there.

Among the scanty new details, the Post said, was a report that Waleed Alshehri and alleged ringleader Mohamed Atta each withdrew $100 from the same West Palm Beach ATM, Alshehri on June 8 and Atta on July 19. [I'm wondering if even that is new; I seem to recall something like that in the 9/11 commission report.]

NOTE: In the version of this blog that comes up on my screen, the link and comment icons are missing. Cute, huh?

NOTE 2: THIS JUST IN: A number of U.S. senators are demanding that the CIA stop hiding 9/11 data. A CIA inspector general's report on 9/11 has been suppressed, possibly because a number of high-level spooks were chastised.