Newly Released FBI Documents Link Sarasota Family to 9/11 Hijackers; and The Growing Military Role of the CIA

05/03/13 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. Today we’ll hear two guests before we open the phone lines. We’ll talk with a South Florida Reporter who has been following up on the activities of the 9/11 hijackers- as they lived in Sarasota in the months before the attacks on New York and Washington. There’s new information about what the FBI knows- and as a result Senator Bob Graham has called for a new investigation of 9/11. And later we’ll talk with a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter about the growing military role of the CIA around the world- but especially in Afghanistan and parts of southwest Asia and North Africa…..

For the past several years, the FBI insisted that it had no evidence that a family from Saudi Arabia living in an upscale neighborhood just south of Sarasota had any connection to the 9/11 hijackers. But documents obtained by a web site called The Broward Bulldog show that the FBI found "many connections" and kept it quiet. The reporter on the story is Dan Christensen and I asked him to set the scene for us. Tape

That’s Dan Christensen of the non-profit news web site Broward Bulldog.org. The Bulldog’s FOIA lawsuit asks U.S. District Judge William Zloch to order the FBI to produce all records of its Sarasota investigation, including the records seen by Graham.

Next up—the growing military role of the CIA. Our next guest is a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter for the New York Times. He is Mark Mazzettii and he’s written a new book about the blurring of the lines between soldier and spy. In order to fight against perceived enemies the US through the CIA are now using drones, private contractors as assassins, and paying for proxy armies. Mazzetti has also been covering the latest on drones and bribes paid to the Afghan government for the Times. His book is called THE WAY OF THE KNIFE (Penguin Press) and I spoke with Mark Mazzetti earlier this week.

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