Off Beat: Airlines Sue FBI and CIA to Demand 9/11 Interviews
An AP newswire article by Larry Nuemeister, via The Detroit Free Press, reports that:
Airlines and aviation-related companies sued the CIA and the FBI on today, 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.More here.
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 Qaeda and Al Qaeda operatives before and after Sept. 11, 2001.
Government spokeswoman Yusill Scribner said she had no immediate comment on the lawsuits.