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FBI asks two courts to block further disclosures about its 9/11 investigation of Sarasota Saudis

Monday, December 11th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Saying it has released every scrap of information it can about a Sarasota terrorism investigation it once hid from both Congress and the 9/11 Commission, the FBI went to court twice in the last two weeks to block any further disclosures.
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Ex-FBI agent says 9/11 Commission misled public about hijackers who attacked Pentagon

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
In a powerful sworn statement, the FBI agent who led a 400-member Los Angeles-based task force on the 9/11 attacks has accused the 9/11 Commission of making “incorrect” statements to the American public about his team’s investigative findings.
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Appeal: How much information about 9/11 must FBI share with public?

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A federal appeals court has been asked to overturn a Miami district court judge and order a Freedom of Information Act trial to determine whether the FBI made a proper search for records about its secretive 9/11 Review Commission.
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FBI probe of tie between Saudi ambassador, al Qaeda leader put on ice

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The FBI now appears never to have restarted a suspended 2002 investigation into why a captured al Qaeda leader possessed the unlisted phone number of an offshore company tied to Saudi Arabia’s U.S. ambassador, Prince Bandar bin Sultan.
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Saudi Arabia cites FBI’s Meese Commission in asking judge to toss 9/11 victims’ lawsuit

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Forced back into court by an act of Congress and faced with tens of billions of dollars in potential civil liability, oil-rich Saudi Arabia is asking a U.S. judge again to throw out a lawsuit brought against it by thousands of 9/11 victims.
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Watch: Idaho Police Arrest Man for Video Recording FBI Building

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Police in Pocatello, Idaho arrested a man for filming an FBI building from public property. It is becoming an all too common occurrence for officers to stop and detain citizens for recording police or law enforcement activity of any kind. But the aforementioned video recording is a First Amendment protected activity, so anyone has the right to do so.
In June Sean Johnson was doing a First Amendment audit on the Pocatello FBI building. The First Amendment gives everyone in America freedom of speech and freedom of press, which includes video recording. Johnson was on a public sidewalk across the

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Miami judge rules out FOIA trial, says FBI document on 9/11 funding to remain secret

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
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.
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FBI asks Miami judge to reconsider, keep secret ‘sensitive details’ about 9/11

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The FBI is pushing back against a federal judge’s findings that certain classified details about the funding of the 9/11 attacks and the 19 al Qaeda suicide hijackers should be made public.
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Trial looms as judge denies FBI request to keep 9/11 records secret for privacy reasons

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
In a ruling that could lead to the release of significant new information about 9/11, including details about who funded the al Qaeda terrorist attacks, a Miami federal judge has rejected FBI assertions that many records should be kept secret due to privacy considerations.
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Mysterious Saudi businessman in 9/11 puzzle surfaces – online

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A mysterious figure at the center of the puzzle about an apparent Sarasota-area support network for 9/11 hijackers is a rich Saudi Arabian businessman with ties to the kingdom’s ruling House of Saud and international and American political leaders.
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WATCH: FBI Agents Seize Cameras from PINAC Reporter Citing “Safety” Issues

Monday, April 24th, 2017

FBI agents in Texas ripped two cameras out of the hands of a PINAC reporter who was standing in front of a federal building legally recording from a public sidewalk Thursday, claiming they were in fear for their safety.
“I don’t want to be struck in the face,” said Keith A. Byers, an Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the El Paso FBI office at 660 South Mesa Hills Drive.
However, David Worden made no indication he would strike the agents in the face with his cameras.
In fact, Worden had been standing on the public sidewalk in front of the FBI building for

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FBI boss Comey and ‘inexplicable’ delays in matters of ‘highest national importance’

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The FBI’s renewed push to dismiss a Miami Freedom of Information lawsuit seeking records of the enigmatic 9/11 Review Commission and FBI activities “of the highest national importance” should be denied, court papers contend.
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Prodded by federal judge, FBI finally identifies Sarasota Saudis by name in court

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Six years after news broke that the FBI found ties between 9/11 hijackers and a Saudi family who’d moved abruptly out of their Sarasota home two weeks before the terrorist attacks – and didn’t tell Congress – the FBI has identified the family publicly.
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FBI censored documents to protect privacy of accused 9/11 mastermind, accomplice

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Even as the FBI recently has made public more 9/11 records to satisfy the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act in advance of a possible trial, it continues to withhold untold documents that promise to cast new light on that terrible day.
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U.S. judge cites ‘shameful’ FBI delays in making public 9/11 records

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A Miami federal judge Tuesday excoriated the FBI for what she called its “shameful” delays in making public certain records about the bureau’s 9/11 Review Commission.
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James Comey in middle of political fray over Donald Trump and Russians

Saturday, February 25th, 2017
FBI Director James Comey is again in a familiar spot these days – the middle of political tumult.
As a high-ranking Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration, he clashed with the White House over a secret surveillance program. Years later as head of the FBI, he incurred the ire of Hillary Clinton supporters for public statements on an investigation into her emails. Now, Comey is facing new political pressure as White House officials are encouraging him to follow their lead by publicly recounting private FBI conversations in an attempt to dispute reports about connections between the Trump

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Stephanie Murphy unites 150+ Congress members calling for response on Jewish centers threats

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017
U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy called Wednesday for federal authorities to respond swiftly and strongly to threats made to Jewish centers throughout the nation and got more than 150 of her colleagues to sign on.
Murphy and U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley, a New York Democrat who chairs the House Democratic Conference, sent the letter to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director James Comey expressing “deep concern regarding the recent spate of anonymous bomb threats made via telephone against Jewish Community Centers” and urged them to swiftly assess the situation and advise Congress about what is

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‘Penttbomb 2.0’ and the FBI’s brush-off of reports alleging 9/11 ties to Saudi Arabia

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
FBI officials who briefed the 9/11 Review Commission on the bureau’s sprawling 9/11 investigation code-named PENTTBOMB steered the discussion away from Saudi Arabia by repeatedly disavowing or downplaying reports by agents alleging terrorist ties to the kingdom.
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As trial date draws near, FBI releases more about secretive 9/11 Review Commission

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
In moves aimed at heading off an unusual Freedom of Information Act trial in Miami next month, the FBI has released new information about the secretive work of its 9/11 Review Commission.
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Blake Dowling: The Russian (hackers) are coming

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

We hear about the Russian mob and Russian hackers all the time, especially in politics and technology.
The Russian mob is all over the dark web selling ransomware toolkits and fake credit cards. The Russians created ransomware, a threat that continues to wreak havoc all over the world in various forms.
We can’t all be comedian Bert Kreischer and be friends with the Russian mob. Nice work, Machine.
See the Showtime special about Bert in Russia if you dare. I knew Bert when he was a young Florida State frat boy (ATO) and was always up for a rowdy evening.
You can see

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No discipline for FBI agent accused of writing 9/11 report FBI now calls bogus

Monday, January 9th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The FBI agent who wrote a powerful investigative report about 9/11 that the bureau later publicly repudiated faced no apparent discipline even though the FBI subsequently deemed his report to be “poorly written” and “wholly unsubstantiated.”
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Miami federal judge denies FBI motion to postpone trial on secret 9-11 records

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A Miami federal judge Thursday denied the FBI’s request to delay for 90 days a trial to decide whether certain secret records about 9/11 should be made public.
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New FBI document shows active probe of support network for 9/11 hijackers in 2012

Monday, December 19th, 2016

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
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 9/11 hijackers and other crimes.
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FBI scrubs contracts to hide how much it paid 9/11 Review Commission members

Monday, December 12th, 2016

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The three men who served as members of the 9/11 Review Commission were on the FBI’s payroll, but the bureau is refusing to say how much they were paid.
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FBI director James Comey plans January journey to Jacksonville

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
Whether or not FBI Director James Comey was actually responsible for Hillary Clinton not being elected president due to his on again/off again inquiry into her handling of classified emails is a matter of interpretation.
Less subject to interpretation: Comey’s travel plans, which include a January journey to Jacksonville, just two days before the inauguration of Donald Trump.
Comey will be in Jacksonville at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, January 18, where he will speak to local leaders and VIPs at the FBI Jacksonville Division office on Gate Parkway.
In August 2016, Comey appointed a new field director of the Jacksonville office; Charles Spencer replaced the retiring Michelle

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Mayor’s son charged in South Florida city’s corruption investigation

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
The son of Opa-locka’s mayor is the latest person to face charges in a federal corruption investigation involving the South Florida city.
The Miami Herald reports that Mayor Myra Taylor‘s son, 41-year-old Demetrius Corleon Taylor, surrendered to the FBI Tuesday morning. He pleaded not guilty to a corruption charge at a Tuesday afternoon hearing.
Taylor does not hold an official position with the city, but records show he conspired with former city manager David Chiverton and others to shake down local business owners for thousands of dollars to take care of their licenses, code violations and fines.
Chiverton and Gregory Harris, a

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FBI coughs up new 9/11 records about Sarasota probe; Documents, evidence missing

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Newly released FBI documents say agents investigating 9/11 did not obtain security records from a Sarasota-area gated community containing alleged evidence that 9/11 hijackers had visited the residence of a Saudi family with ties to the royal family.
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Mother of slain ex-Broward al Qaeda boss hopes for end to stigma

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Nearly two years have passed since Miramar’s Zuhrah A. Jumah got news that her eldest son, Adnan, had been killed during a military raid on an al Qaeda hideout in a mountainous corner of northwest Pakistan. Lately, she wonders how long Adnan El Shukrijumah’s ugly reputation as an al Qaeda commander will continue to trail her and her family.
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FBI Director Comey’s credibility issues go beyond presidential politics to 9/11 panel

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
FBI Director James Comey’s credibility is under heavy fire due to his headline-making public statements about the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton that have entangled the bureau in presidential politics. But those aren’t the only credibility issues to be raised about Republican Comey since he became FBI chief in 2013.
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Marijuana reform went 8 for 9 on the ballot; is it at a tipping point?

Monday, November 14th, 2016
After marijuana amendments passed in eight of the nine states where it was on the ballot Tuesday, now nearly a quarter of all Americans live in states where recreational use of marijuana is legal.
Voters in California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada approved recreational marijuana amendments last week, giving nearly 50 million more Americans the right to use marijuana.
Additionally, Florida, Arkansas, and North Dakota voted in favor of medical marijuana amendments, while Montana residents voted to roll back restrictions on their medical marijuana laws put in place by their state Legislature.
Arizona was the only state where marijuana failed on the ballot

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