Yeah it was just another day in paradise Sarasota Fl: It is no coincidence that Mohamed Atta and his 9/11 Al-Qaeda hijack pals just happened to select the Sarasota Fl area as their base of operations during the summer of 2000 and into 2001. It is no coincidence that Al-Qaeda linked Imam Muneer Arafat shows up at the Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton in the spring of 2000 and into 2003. It is no coincidence that Sarasota Saudi Abdulaziz al-Hijji, terrorist Wissam Hammoud and Al-Qaeda terrorist Adnan el-Shukrijumah played soccer at the local Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton during 2000 and into 2001. It is no coincidence that Abdulaziz al-Hijji was visited multiple times from the summer of 2000 and into 2001 by Mohamed Atta, Waleed al-Shehri and other 9/11 Al-Qaeda hijack pals at 4224 Escondito Circle in Sarasota Fl. Sarasota Fl was Terror Central from the summer of 2000 and into 2001. Sarasota FBI Special Agent Thomas R. Baugher, who I met on several occasions at the Sarasota Police Department Intel Division during a terrorist investigation that went from April 2002 into 2004, told me that there are “Never Any Coincidences in Terrorism”.
THE DAILY BEAST....FBI Is Keeping 80,000 Secret Files on Saudis and 9/11 Terrorist Connections in Sarasota Fl The Secret ‘28 pages’ Just the Start of the April 2002 Investigation. The FBI has another 80,000 classified documents, many of which deal with Saudi connections to the 9/11 terror plot. What’s the Bureau got? The Obama administration may soon release 28 classified pages from a congressional investigation that allegedly links Saudis in the United States to the 9/11 attackers. A former Republican member of the 9/11 Commission alleged Thursday that there was “clear evidence” of support for the hijackers from Saudi officials. But in Florida, a federal judge is weighing whether to declassify portions of some 80,000 classified pages that could reveal far more about the hijackers’ Saudis connections and their activities in the weeks preceding the worst attack on U.S. soil. The still-secret files speak to one of the strangest and most enduring mysteries of the 9/11 attacks. Why did the Saudi occupants of a posh house in gated community in Sarasota, Florida, suddenly vanish in the two weeks prior to the attacks? And had they been in touch with the leader of the operation, Mohamed Atta, and two of his co-conspirators? For the past two years, U.S. district court judge William Zloch has been going through the files, page-by-page, to determine what information that pertains to the Saudi case can be released.
But based on about three dozen pages that had been made public already under the Freedom of Information Act, and the work of the reporters, this is the picture that emerges of life at 4224 Escondito Circle, a three-bedroom house in an exclusive community called Prestancia, in the weeks before 9/11. The house was occupied by a Saudi couple, Abdulazzi al-Hiijjii and his wife Anoud, and their three small children. Anoud’s father, Esam Ghazzawi, a financier and interior designer, owned the home, along with his American-born wife, Deborah. But the family’s behavior, and undoubtedly their national origin, drew new suspicion after the 9/11 attacks. In April 2002, “based upon repeated citizen calls,” the FBI opened an investigation, which “revealed many connections” between a member of the family “and individuals associated with the terrorist attacks,” according to one of the few released documents.
Initially 35 pages were all the FBI could find about the alleged Sarasota conspiracy, officials insisted. Zloch, the judge in the case, was not persuaded. He ordered the FBI to conduct a new search of its files, using a method that Christensen and his lawyer suggested. This time, they hit the mother lode. “The FBI found some additional responsive documents which it produced,” Julin said. “But it also found 80,266 pages of material in the Tampa Field Office of the FBI which had been marked with the file number for the FBI’s PENTTBOM investigation.” PENTTBOM, which stands for Pentagon/Twin Towers Bombing, is the codename for the FBI’s investigation of the 9/11 attacks.
I first contacted FBI agent Greg Sheffield at the Fort Myers office on April 3rd, 2002 via FedEx, (that is where he was working out of) concerning a group of Muslim used car dealers in Sarasota Fl that may have some connection to the financial support of terrorism, see FedEx delivery receipt above. A full scale investigation started in June 2002 based out of the Sarasota Police Department Intel Division with ICE and the FBI: "One key FBI agent in the Sarasota Saudi investigation was Gregory Sheffield, who worked out of the agency’s Tampa field office (in Fort Myers). Following the intensive first months of the 9/11 investigation, Sheffield was promoted to an inter-agency intelligence-gathering job in Honolulu, and has since retired, a source with knowledge of the matter told the Herald-Tribune." Regarding Sheffield, Julin said: “He at least seems to be someone who would know about the writing of that report, if he didn’t write it himself.”