Thanks to the tireless effort of watchdog organization the Broward Bulldog and its Freedom of Information Act suit against the government, more information is being released about the Sarasota Saudis who moved suddenly out of their home, leaving behind clothing, jewelry and cars, about two weeks before the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Benswann.com has followed this story for months now and on Monday, the FBI released 11 heavily censored pages, which also include information on an “antagonist” to the United States.
From an FBI report dated April 2002:
It says the Tampa FBI office “has determined that (blank) is an antagonist of the United States of America. (Blank) resides in Jerusalem. (Blank) allegedly has held regular and recurring meetings at his residence to denounce and criticize the United States of America and its policies. (Blank) is allegedly an international businessman with great wealth.”
In November 2001, (blank) visited the United States for the first time. He traveled to Sarasota, Florida, opened a bank account and made initial queries into the purchase of property in south central Florida. (Blank) intends to establish a Muslim compound in Central Florida. (Blank) revealed that (blank) is fearful of (blank) and fears that (blank) intends to begin offensive operations against the United States if he is able to purchase property and establish a Muslim compound in Central Florida.”
Unfortunately, those blanks won’t be uncensored until 2039, which makes you wonder who the government is trying to protect?
The Broward Bulldog sued in 2012 after being denied access to the FBI’s file on a once-secret investigation focusing on the Sarasota Saudis — Abdulaziz al-Hijji, his wife, Anoud, and her father Esam Ghazzawi, an advisor to a Saudi prince.
The pages reveal that the al-Hijjis had departed the U.S. in haste shortly before 9/11 and that “further investigation” had “revealed many connections” between them and persons associated with “attacks on 9/11/2001.” Even though, publicly the FBI has denied any connection.
Another interesting part of the documents include this story, which took place around Halloween, 2001:
Deputies were called after a man with a Tunisian passport was observed disposing of items in a dumpster behind a storage facility he had rented in Bradenton.