U.S. Justice Foundation FOIA Requests for All Withheld Portions of Congressional Report on 9-11

Michael Harless FOIA Law

Today, our firm filed three FOIA requests on behalf of the U.S. Justice
Foundation to the CIA, Department of State, and Department of Homeland
Security, seeking all redacted portions of the Congressional Joint
Report on the events of 9-11 issued in December 2002.

The joint report was issued by the Senate Select Committee on
Intelligence and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
entitled “Joint Inquiry Into Intelligence Community Activities Before
and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001,” issued both as
S. Rept. No. 107-351 and H. Rept. No. 107-792 (107th Cong., 2d Sess.)
(December 2002).

Prior efforts to obtain disclosure of redacted portions of this report
focused on the 28 pages which reportedly detail the role of the Kingdom
of Saudi Arabia in the events of 9-11. Our FOIA requests additionally
seek other redacted information in that report which others have
overlooked. First, our requests seek the “original report language”
where many sections of the text were re-written to avoid classification
problems. Second, our requests seek the “original report language”
where many sections of the text were redacted in portions of the report
other than the 28 pages.

Since Congress exempted itself from the Freedom of Information Act, the
requests were filed with the three agencies of the Executive Branch
which presumably would have copies of the unredacted report.

Link to USJF FOIA request to CIA
Link to USJF FOIA request to State
Link to USJF FOIA request to DHS