FBI refuses to disclose cost in Lubbock criminal case - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

FBI refuses to disclose cost in Lubbock criminal case

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The FBI claims that allowing taxpayers to know how much was spent on test explosions last year would interfere with the investigation of a would-be terrorism case in Lubbock. 

Khalid Aldawsari was convicted in late June on a single count of Attempted Use of a Weapon of Mass Destruction.  As part of the case, the FBI conducted and video-taped a test explosion on October 28, 2011 at Quantico, Virginia.  After the conviction, KCBD NewsChannel 11 made a Freedom of Information Request (FOIA) for "copies of receipts, invoices, or other proofs of payment directly related to the cost of conducting test explosions…" 

It also made clear that KCBD NewsChannel 11 was not requesting copies of evidence.  "The FOIA request is strictly limited to those documents that would portray the costs incurred by United States' taxpayers for the aforementioned tests."

On Monday KCBD NewsChannel 11 received a letter sent by mail, dated August 10, from David M. Hardy, FBI Section Chief.  Hardy said, "I have determined that the records responsive to your request are law enforcement records... and that release of the information contained in these responsive records could reasonably be expected to interfere with the enforcement proceedings."

Mr. Hardy did not explain how revealing the cost of the Aldawsari case would get in the way of law enforcement.  Aldawsari is awaiting sentencing and faces as much as life in prison.

KCBD NewsChannel 11 has 60 days to file an appeal the FBI's refusal to disclose the costs.  

Copyright 2012 KCBD.  All rights reserved.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • Judge: President can't block critics on Twitter

    Judge: President can't block critics on Twitter

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 1:43 PM EDT2018-05-23 17:43:15 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 10:32 PM EDT2018-05-24 02:32:56 GMT
    A federal judge in New York says President Donald Trump cannot block his critics on Twitter without violating the First Amendment. (Source: CNN)A federal judge in New York says President Donald Trump cannot block his critics on Twitter without violating the First Amendment. (Source: CNN)

    A federal judge in New York says President Donald Trump cannot block his critics on Twitter without violating the First Amendment.

    A federal judge in New York says President Donald Trump cannot block his critics on Twitter without violating the First Amendment.

  • NKorea says Pence remarks were 'stupid,' willing to not meet

    NKorea says Pence remarks were 'stupid,' willing to not meet

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 8:51 PM EDT2018-05-24 00:51:44 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 10:32 PM EDT2018-05-24 02:32:50 GMT
    (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon). Women protesters stage a rally for peace on the Korea peninsular near U.S. Embassy in Seoul, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. U.S. President Donald Trump labored with South Korea's Moon Jae-in Tuesday to keep the highly anticipated U...(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon). Women protesters stage a rally for peace on the Korea peninsular near U.S. Embassy in Seoul, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. U.S. President Donald Trump labored with South Korea's Moon Jae-in Tuesday to keep the highly anticipated U...
    A top North Korean official says recent comments by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence were "stupid" and "ignorant" and again warns the country is willing to pull out of a planned summit with Trump.
    A top North Korean official says recent comments by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence were "stupid" and "ignorant" and again warns the country is willing to pull out of a planned summit with Trump.
  • Syria state-run media reports US-led airstrike on army posts

    Syria state-run media reports US-led airstrike on army posts

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 9:11 PM EDT2018-05-24 01:11:43 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 10:32 PM EDT2018-05-24 02:32:10 GMT
    A Pentagon spokesman said there was "no information" to confirm or deny the reports. (Source: Raycom Media)A Pentagon spokesman said there was "no information" to confirm or deny the reports. (Source: Raycom Media)

    Syrian government-run media outlet is reporting that U.S.-led coalition airstrikes have struck Syrian army positions in eastern Syria near the front lines with the Islamic State group.

    Syrian government-run media outlet is reporting that U.S.-led coalition airstrikes have struck Syrian army positions in eastern Syria near the front lines with the Islamic State group.

Powered by Frankly