Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, alleged 9/11 architect, after his 2003 arrest

Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, alleged 9/11 architect, after his 2003 arrest

What in the world is the FBI up to at Guantanamo? Why is it harassing the defense team of the accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and his alleged accomplices?

The FBI is hip-deep in yet another dubious activity but, this time, even the not-so-adventurous New York Times is kinda-sorta on the trail. The self-proclaimed “paper of record” has produced several articles, albeit confusing ones, on the mysterious doings of our much-vaunted national police force.

What should be made clear is that by connecting a few dots, one can make out a major—even explosive—story hiding just out of plain sight. This story has a lot to do with the larger pattern of FBI misbehavior and points to at least one of the reasons why we never get better, more complete answers about the events of 9/11.


Readers of WhoWhatWhy are familiar with a growing litany of troubling actions on the part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the last few years (see for example this, this and this), compounding a disturbing legacy that has attended the outfit for much of its history. The Bureau has occasionally been scrutinized by the media, but as our Steve Weinberg reported, the G-men and journalists have just as often colluded to keep the public in the dark.

Now, for whatever reason, the New York Times has started to dig into….something. Unfortunately, the presentation is so grueling to get through and the core of the story so buried that it is impossible to say for sure what is going on.

It’s possible that neither the reporter, his editor, nor even conceivably their sources in the Guantanamo defense team understand the full magnitude of the story.

We can only guess that what’s at stake here is the FBI’s need to bury evidence of its own behavior—a baffling combination of incompetence and what seem to be deliberate actions running counter to the public’s s interest in full disclosure of events leading up to the deadliest attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor.

For some perspective, we’d point you to reporting we did a while back about a prominent Saudi family living in South Florida—a family connected to a Saudi prince responsible for aviation issues—that interacted directly with a number of the alleged 9/11 hijackers. In that case, the FBI investigated hijacker visits and phone calls tied to the family’s house in a gated community in Sarasota, Florida, near where a number of the 9/11 suspects trained to fly planes.

Since shutting down that investigation, the Bureau has tried to act as if it never happened.

Connection? What Connection?

More recently, documents released to our friends at the South Florida investigative nonprofit organization, Broward Bulldog, reveal something decidedly hinky going on. Within this packet of documents, the FBI both denies that the Sarasota inquiry turned up anything of interest—and says the exact opposite.

A lot of interesting morsels are in the packet. But for now, let’s just focus on two documents. See the one stamped “SARASOTA-1” (continues on “SARASOTA-2”). The summary states that the FBI’s investigation found no evidence that connected the Saudi family members in Sarasota to any of the 9/11 hijackers, nor was any connection found between the family and the 9/11 plot.

Based on new reporting by WhoWhatWhy’s team, including a recent trip I made to the area and conversations with sources there, I can unequivocally state that the above statement….is a lie. And the FBI knows it is.

But don’t take our word for it. Have a look at the document labeled “SARASOTA 5.” Right there, plain as can be, it says:

Further investigation of the ____ family revealed many connections between the _____ and individuals associated with the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001…..

Enough other details in that document set, along with general knowledge of what went down in the days after 9/11, make it clear that the redacted words are the name of the Saudi family. And who is making the assertion of “many connections”? The Federal Bureau of Investigation.


“A spy within our team”

OK, now let’s shift to the recent reporting on the strange events at Guantanamo. According to the Times, in an article with the incredibly off-putting headline of “Guantánamo Detainees’ Lawyers Seek Further Delays” (we can only assume that’s the work of some editor hoping no one will read the story), the reporter chronicles a series of curious happenings. (An earlier, related Times article is here) The details are so obscurely rendered that one can get almost no sense of a larger narrative. But two remarkable quotes, lower in the story, stand out:

“I feel that I’m under scrutiny,” said David Nevin, the lead lawyer for Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the self-described architect of the attacks. Mr. Nevin said that he had postponed a fact-finding trip to the Middle East because of the F.B.I. scrutiny, adding: “I am trimming my sails. I am being extremely careful about how I proceed.”

So basically, the main guy defending the man who we are told confessed to authorship of 9/11 under torture is afraid.

Here’s the other quote, from another defense attorney:

“We have had basically a spy within our team for a number of months,” Mr. Harrington said.

Wow. How come the headline wasn’t: “Attorneys for 9/11 Suspects Under Intense FBI Pressure”? Or: “FBI Accused of Illegally Harassing 9/11 Defense Lawyers.” Or: “FBI Spy Hidden Within 9/11 Defense Team?”

Consider that, then take another look at those documents we link to above about the “Sarasota connection.”

You will notice that the document in which the FBI denies any awareness of a Sarasota Saudi-9/11 connection is on the letterhead of the Guantanamo prosecution unit, with the FBI seal.

This may well be part of a wider pattern: one in which the Bureau seems determined to block all serious inquiry into those deadly events.

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28 responses to “FBI Hanky-Panky on Guantanamo—Part of Larger 9/11 Mystery?”

  1. prairiedog says:

    FBI. Nothing but lying murdering scum in suits.
    We live in a country where you can no longer trust law enforcement, the courts, or your elected officials….Welcome to the Fourth Reich.

  2. Dick Lancaster says:

    This isn’t new. Jim Garrison had at least a half dozen moles in his investigation of JFK’s murder and the media crucified him. First, it’s about power. Then it’s about keeping power by destroying its largest threat–the middle class.

  3. ICFubar says:

    Seems now a days that the FBI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Langley, and Langley is utterly inter woven with the corporatocracy….et voila we have a soft police state run by the “Teflon Tyrant” taking orders from who knows whom.

  4. whole2th says:

    Among crimes that FBI has covered up, these are most egregious violations of public trust. More than a violation of trust, these are attacks on our justice system. 9/11, Oklahoma City bombing, JFK/RFK/MLK assassinations. The poster boy for 9/11, Moussaui, and the 19 radical Islamics with box cutters did not have the motive, means and opportunity to commit 9/11 that 103 listed key suspects had: whodidit dot org

  5. whole2th says:

    There were two hundred Israeli agents arrested in New York and across the country on ‘that day’. Nearly sixty arrested in New York. Included in the sixtry were the five dancing Israelis. All of these people were allowed to quietly leave the U.S. after about sixty days of interrogation. This was on orders of Michael Chertoff assistant director of the department of justice.

  6. payne100 says:

    WWW has continually brought up the alleged Saudi connection to 9/11 but as far as I can tell, they have never mentioned the only people arrested in connection with 9/11 on that day. That would be the 5 Israelis who turned out to be Mossad agents. They had been seen filming and celebrating the fall of the twin towers.

  7. Patriarch says:

    The FBI cheats:
    The Department of Justice opposed the “Fairness in Disclosure of Evidence Act.”

    The bill died. And the Department of Justice continues to hide evidence. Holder’s view: Only prosecutors can decide what is “material to the defense,” and if they decide it’s not material, they don’t disclose it—even if it is obviously favorable to the defense. Mr. Holder’s Department is even seeking to change the ethical rules in each state to comport with the Department’s view and make it easier for prosecutors to hide evidence. Mr. Holder’s view of the Brady rule puts the prosecutor in total and sole control of the outcome of the case. It licenses him to lie.

    Attorney General Robert H. Jackson;
    “The prosecutor has more control over life, liberty, and reputation than any other person in America. His discretion is tremendous. . . .While the prosecutor at his best is one of the most beneficent forces in our society, when he acts from malice or other base motives, he is one of the worst.”

    A prosecutor has almost unilateral, unchecked ability to destroy the lives of those he charges. It is beyond troubling that our top law enforcement officer chooses the company of those who repeatedly failed their duty.

  8. Rob says:

    Ah yes, the 9/11 Mastermind. The most sophisticated air defence system in the world, along with every government agency in charge of defending the US from outside attacks was outwitted by ( scroll up to picture ) ……this guy!

    Yeah, that sounds about right. Now his lawyer is under pressure from the FBI. To what, throw the game so that there’s no chance KSM gets anything even close to a fair trial? If so, this would be completely consistent with the long established pattern the FBI has of railroading patsies and fall guys into the legal and bureaucratic black hole that results from some kind of confession of guilt, which in this case, they already have.

    This pattern has been investigated and documented by many, including Russ on many occasions. I really hope you can catch these guys in the act and throw sand in the gears of their infernal machine! That would be a major coup for you and a step in the right direction as far as justice is concerned, even if it is for an obvious scumbag such as KSM. If he can get something approaching real justice, just think what others could get!

    • danny j says:

      Well, to be fair to the FBI, we need to remember that KSM was utilizing high-tech “cave technology.”

  9. GoodWord says:

    Please keep reporting on this story, and 9/11 issues in general. Much appreciated.

  10. joltwagon says:

    Torture confessions are a joke and bespeak a false flag operation. Our own government created and trained Al-Qaeda, and Bin Laden was our asset all the way up until 9/11 according to FBI whistleblowers like Sibel Edmonds. This whole Gitmo situation stinks to high heaven.

  11. Paschn says:

    These “FED” agencies are vile, corrupted breeding grounds for treason and murder. Add to that a people so duped, doped, dumbed down one thing screams out; This cesspool is nothing more than a global bully for the Central Banks, Tel Aviv, New York and AIPAC. Any “right” we assumed we had to annihilate/slaughter across the globe for the powers that be is trumped by human dignity, honor and God, whether it be Christian or Muslim. The only religion/holy book which promotes this type of evil is The Talmud, period.

  12. jimbo says:

    Watching a Young Turks clip the other day and Cenk is righteously bemoaning the notion that the Guantanamo 911 suspects are tried in secret and wonders why oh why can’t they be tried in public. But then Cenk comes to no conclusion just exasperation with how the government operates these days. Never does he assume or express the government might be hiding anything about 911- leaving me exasperated.

    • danny j says:

      Cenk gets so close to the big stories without crossing the rubicon, I think he is likely being willfully obtuse.

    • DelvinPickford says:

      I think he means to lead the person to facts without getting his own self in a hornets nest. The he can do that the better off he probably is.

    • danny j says:

      That could well be. There are many journalists who shy away from taking a stand on “conspiracy theories.” It could well be that they know that “coming out” would ruin their careers, which would both cut their income and silence their voices.

  13. SomeoneWatching says:

    Thanks Russ, I appreciate it. Perfect reporting.

    As a side note, I just bought Curt Gentry’s book “Hoover”, perhaps it will shed some light into FBI’s Hanky Panky methods…

    • PecosinRat says:

      SW, you might also get a good idea of the model used for controlling the publicly visible part of 9/11 by reading “The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ.” The book outlines how LBJ and Hoover leveraged each other’s power before, during, and after the assassination. If one substitutes Bush etal for LBJ and NSA for Hoover, the “How they kept it quiet?” question doesn’t look so impossible anymore…

    • SomeoneWatching says:

      Interesting. I recently blasted through Peter Dale Scott’s “Deep Politics and the Death of JFK” and no cover up seems impossible anymore. I’ll look into it, thanks.

    • Shrapnel says:

      I learned more about Hoover from this interview than any other source.

  14. PF says:

    It is worth remembering that Khalid Sheik Mohammad’s “confession” was almost comic. He confessed to everything from 9-11-2001 to the murder of Richard Pearl to even planning the bombing of a bank building in Seattle that had not yet been built before he was captured. He delivered this “confession” in the most ridiculous and barely literate pidgin English, yet the real Khalid Sheik studied in graduate school in the U.S. and was highly articulate in English.

    Further, the “Khalid Sheik Mohammad” held at Guantanamo is very likely not even him. There are credible reports that he was killed by the FBI and Pakistani ISI on September 11, 2002 ( There is a lot more here, but suffice to say that the man who has been tortured and is being set up for execution is not Khalid Sheik Mohammad. Christopher Bollyn has a fairly detailed account of all this.

    Is this why the FBI has infiltrated the defense team, to make sure the truth of who this hapless man really is never comes out?

    • Frances in California says:

      And that poor slob – probably one of the doubles – they killed and dumped in the ocean (to prevent positive ID?) as the infamous Seal Team 6 hit in bin Laden. He must’ve regretted trusting the Pakistani ISI in his last seconds.

    • danny j says:

      And the members of Seal Team Six who died in that helicopter crash must’ve regretted trusting the JSOC, too.

  15. edwardrynearson says:

    Human props in orange jump suits

  16. feliznavidad says:

    Thank you so much for your continued diligence and courage.

  17. Bryce says:

    I hope you are successful in digging further!

    • Kevin says:

      Bryce, it’s also our responsibility as readers to donate what we can to WhoWhatWhy to keep the high quality reporting going. For what it’s worth, I practice what I preach. I encourage all WhoWhatWhy readers to do so as well (what they can afford).

    • FiuToYou says:

      I know this is a little ‘off the topic’, but with Government operations in control of “State” laws, and such, is it possible in the next few years (2 to 3), to finally get to the TRUTH of 9/11, and get that same truth out to the world? A lot of evidence has been brought forward, not by officials, but by individuals, who had expert knowledge of the facts. Facts don’t lie! What are the people of the country afraid of? Will the truth “teardown the country” as some most believe? I mean this kind of Govt ‘runaround’, has been going on forever. Considering the World situation at this very moment, I think getting to the real truth about “EVERYTHING…EVERYWHERE”, is the real “right step” for all humanity. Moving in the wrong direction, just for greed, is humanitarian suicide. I don’t have all the answers, but I can say, when a whole race of people, regardless of race, or origin, get lumped into a derogatory phrase, by being called “truther’s”, (which is like being labeled the devil’s servant nowadays), the WHOLE WORLD is, and almost always has been, in big trouble. In,this day of modern communications, the people, not just in America, but on the whole Planet, can finally voice an opinion, but look real closely at what’s taking place worldwide, to prevent anyone, from even getting “a foot in the door”. Very sad state of affairs!

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