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Thumper Aug 7, 07 10:10 pm

Airlines sue CIA FBI over 9/11

August 7, 2007
Airlines Sue FBI, CIA Over Sept. 11
Filed at 10:52 p.m. ET

NEW YORK (AP) -- Airlines and aviation-related companies sued the CIA and the FBI on Tuesday, asking a federal court to let them interview investigators who can tell whether the aviation industry was to blame for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks or whether it had acted reasonably.

The separate lawsuits in U.S. District Court in Manhattan asked a judge to order the government to let the aviation companies gather the information as part of their defense against lawsuits brought by victims or families of victims of the 2001 attacks.

In the CIA lawsuit, companies including American Airlines Inc., United Airlines Inc., US Airways Group Inc., Delta Air Lines Inc., Continental Airlines Inc. and The Boeing Co. asked to interview the deputy chief of the CIA's Osama bin Laden unit in 2001 and an FBI special agent assigned to the unit at that time.

In the FBI lawsuit, the companies asked to interview a ''limited number of former and current FBI employees'' who had participated in investigations of al-Qaida and al-Qaida operatives before and after Sept. 11, 2001.

Government spokeswoman Yusill Scribner said she had no immediate comment on the lawsuits.

A victims' compensation fund established by Congress has paid $6 billion to 2,880 families of those who died in the attacks and more than $1 billion to 2,680 injured victims.

But 41 cases filed on behalf of 42 victims remain pending in federal court in Manhattan because some victims decided to pursue the usual court route rather than accept payouts from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001.

essxjay Aug 7, 07 11:51 pm

Interesting one to watch from the FT gallery. Thanks for posting, Thumper. ^

Superguy Aug 8, 07 12:26 am

Originally Posted by essxjay (Post 8193734)
Interesting one to watch from the FT gallery. Thanks for posting, Thumper. ^

10 UA miles says that they invoke state privilege and tell the airlines to get bent.

GUWonder Aug 8, 07 12:35 am

The airlines understandably want access to people to "pass the buck" for blame.

For the CIA portion who knows why they didn't just go for J.C. Black who could say just what the airlines require as a defendant in the civil suits related to 9/11. [IIRC his father worked for PanAm during those days where PanAm had a good number of pilots and station management on good terms with CIA station folk too. It's not like pilots and CIA employee social hour at the InterContinental never opened up employment opportunities for the next generation. :D Likely, he'd be sympathetic to the defendants.]

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