Former U.S. Senator Bob Graham says that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is still refusing to say whether it disclosed any information to Congress concerning its investigation of a Saudi family linked to the 9/11 hijackers, according to the Nov. 10 Miami Herald. Graham, who co-chaired the Congressional bipartisan joint inquiry into the terrorist attacks, has long contended that the FBI stonewalled Congress about what it knows about possible Saudi support for the 9/11 hijackers in San Diego and elsewhere.
Investigators reported that records revealed that the home was visited by vehicles used by 9/11 terrorist leader Mohamed Atta and Ziad Jarrah. A counterterrorism agent involved in the investigation, who was one of the sources for the Sarasota story disclosed in September, said an analysis of phone records found additional links between the Saudi residence and other hijackers and terrorist suspects.
Graham had asked the FBI in September to provide him with file numbers about the Sarasota inquiry and the dates those records were provided to congressional investigators, so that the records could be located. At one point, the FBI produced ten file numbers. But committee personnel determined there was no information in any of the ten files that was relevant to the Sarasota investigation. Then, Graham says, "The FBI asked [that] instead of finding the documents could they brief us instead. I said, 'No, that would not be acceptable.'"
"My suspicion is that either, one, the documents don't exist; two, that if they do exist they can't find them; or three, they did find them and they did not substantiate the statements that they've made and that they are withholding them," said Graham.
The FBI has also turned down a recent Freedom of Information Act request by the Miami Herald and the Broward Bulldog which sought FBI records about agents' findings in Sarasota, saying release of the records would be an invasion of the family's privacy.