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FBI must correct disclosures on evacuation of Saudis

Judicial Watch, is looking into the flight of the Suadi's , just after September 11th, when others were not able to fly.
Members of the Bin Laden Family, and others from the House of Saud, suddenly left the US, during the "no fly" times after 9-11.

BUT, Who's watching Judicial Watch ?
Can we trust them to tell us what REALLY happened ?
Maybe we should read the FBI court PDF fileourselves...
Judicial Watch basically says the FBI is not going to disclose all info,
some of this , due to security concerns etc...
It appears here that Judical watch is trying REAL hard to get all the info,
but is it really ?

First, a bit about Judical Watch....


Judicial Watch is an American government watchdog organization founded in 1994. The group uses litigation as its primary tool and came to public attention after filing eighteen lawsuits against the administration of Democratic U.S. President Bill Clinton and figures in the Clinton administration. The organization was the first to expose John Huang's illegal fund-raising activities relating to the 1996 United States campaign finance controversy (also known as Chinagate).[1]

They have also received a great deal of funding from Clinton critics, including $7.74 million from conservative
anti-Clinton billioniare Richard Mellon Scaife. [2]
This led Clinton administration officials to accuse them of "abusing the judicial system for partisan ends". [3]

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FBI must correct disclosures on evacuation of Saudis

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A U.S. district court judge has ordered the FBI to correct disclosures regarding the US government's evacuation of Saudi royals and bin Laden family members after the September 11 attacks in 2001, a conservative watchdog organization announced today.

RAW STORY / November 20, 2006

A U.S. district court judge has ordered the FBI to correct disclosures regarding the US government's evacuation of Saudi royals and bin Laden family members after the September 11 attacks in 2001, a conservative watchdog organization announced today.

"Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that U.S. District Court Judge Richard W. Roberts of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigation to submit 'proper disclosures' to the Court and Judicial Watch by December 15, 2006 concerning the U.S. government's evacuation of Saudi royals and members of the bin Laden family from the United States immediately following the 9/11 terrorist attacks," the group said in a press release obtained by RAW STORY.

Judicial Watch notes that Judge Roberts criticized "the adequacy of redaction descriptions, the accuracy of the sworn statement submitted with the documents, the validity of exemption claims, and other errors in the FBI’s disclosures.

"The FBI’s 220-page annotated production and accompanying … Declaration together do not, as they must, provide sufficient detail or precision about the withheld information … the FBI’s motion for summary judgment will be denied and the FBI will be directed to file disclosures that fairly meet the requirements of [court precedent]," wrote Judge Roberts.

Judge Roberts added that one particular FBI exemption argument "strains credulity."

According to Judicial Watch, US government documents reveal that 160 Saudis flew from the US between September 11 and September 15, 2001.

(A 19-page PDF of the Court's opinion can be read at this link)

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US Government Documents Show 160 Saudis Flew from the US Between September 11 and September 15, 2001

Customs & Border Protection Document Details Saudi Departures, Dates and Flight Information

Questions Concerning Saudi Flight from Kentucky on September 13, 2001 Remain Unanswered

(Washington, DC) Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released US Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) agency documents obtained under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) detailing the departure of 160 subjects of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, “including but not limited to members of the House of Saud and/or members of the Bin Laden family,” between September 11, 2001 and September 15, 2001. The documents are available on the Judicial Watch Internet site by clicking here (Adobe Acrobat Reader required).

The CBP document, dated February 24, 2004, lists the birth date, visa status, citizenship, date of departure, port of departure, departing airline code, and flight number for each Saudi subject who left the country at a time when the US government had supposedly restricted all commercial and private air traffic through US airspace. Notably, the names were not provided.

Judicial Watch filed its FOIA request on October 7, 2003, with the Department of Homeland Security, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Aviation Administration, the State Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Justice Department and the Department of Transportation. To date, CBP is the only agency to have responded to the FOIA request in a substantive manner. CBP claims to have no responsive records concerning a reported departure of a large number of Saudis from Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky on September 13, 2001.

“Why is it the bin Laden family and other Saudi nationals were given special permission to flee US jurisdiction in the days following September 11, 2001? Evidently, the FBI never bothered to question this group. We hope this list does not turn out to be a terrorist ‘most wanted’ list,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.


I have done a bit of reserch into Judical Watch.
They are VERY conservative, and get their funding from the same place.

Judicial Watch, is also the same people that brought us the (new) Pentagon Video, from the FOIA request.

By the way, the New Pentagon video was released after the Moussaoui trial, because it was part of an 
"ongoing investigation".  The problem with this is , they had already released PART of 1 video.
What does releasing the rest of the video have do to the
Moussaoui trial ?

The Department of Defense admitted in a January 26, 2005 letter that it possessed a videotape responsive to Judicial Watch’s request. However, the Pentagon refused to release the videotape because it was, “part of an ongoing investigation involving Zacarias Moussaoui.” Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit on February 22, 2006 arguing that there was “no legal basis” for the Defense Department’s refusal to release the tape.

“We fought hard to obtain this video because we felt that it was very important to complete the public record with respect to the terrorist attacks of September 11,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Finally, we hope that this video will put to rest the conspiracy theories involving American Airlines Flight 77. As always, our prayers remain with all those who suffered as a result of those murderous attacks.”

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