FBI has even more documents about Sarasota Saudi family

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Posted: Thursday, May 1, 2014 4:45 pm

SARASOTA, Fla. -- A lawyer representing the FBI and Department of Justice in a lawsuit brought forward by BrowardBulldog.org, says the FBI has even more documents on a Saudi family that left Sarasota just weeks prior to September 11, 2001.

The family left all of their clothes, cars and other items at the home in Sarasota's Prestancia neighborhood.

The new information on the number of boxes contradicts the sworn testimony of a senior FBI official who asserted that only a few boxes existed. As of right now, we know there are at least 27 boxes.

After numerous Freedom of Information Act requests by Broward Bulldog were turned down by the FBI, the website filed a lawsuit against the FBI and Department of Justice in 2012. The Miami Herald and Sarasota-Herald Tribune later jumped on the bandwagon and joined the Broward Bulldog.

"We just want to know what the FBI knows about an extensive investigation that occurred in Sarasota County, which is the county where three terrorists trained to fly," said Herald-Tribune reporter, Michael Pollick.

Pollick has been working on the story from the beginning.

"The longer I've worked on the story, the more intriguing it has become to me. What is is that they (FBI) are protecting? It's an interesting question," said Pollick.

The FBI was supposed to hand over all of its information to a judge last Friday, but have not yet done so. The U.S. Attorney representing the Justice Department and the FBI claims the judge's chambers do not have a safe with the storage capability for the classified documents.

The plan is to now deliver the boxes to the judge, four at a time.

He will then look them over and make a decision as to what documents, if any, should be released to the public.

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