How do I have jurisdiction over 9/11 crimes?


New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison found factual and legal justification to use the resources of his office to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He was able to establish this under the principle of nexus of jurisdiction, according to which, if any element of a crime was committed in a jurisdiction, law enforcement officials in the jurisdiction are entitled to investigate any and all aspects of the crime. Such elements of the crime could include phone calls made from your jurisdiction, or participants in the attack traveling through your jurisdiction and discussing the plan for the crime while they are there (conspiracy). It could even include the transportation through your jurisdiction of materials or devices used as part of the crime.

As well, please consider referring the following issues to the offices listed below.


To report the destruction of evidence and failure to follow normal investigative procedures by officials in New York City as part of the cleanup of Ground Zero:

Special Prosecutions Bureau
Manhattan District Attorney
80 Centre Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10013

(212) 335-8922


NYC Police Department Chief of Internal Affairs Bureau
1 Police Plaza
New York, NY 10038

(212) 741-8401  or  (800) 774-3373


To report scientific fraud and obstruction of justice committed by NIST officials and contractors:

U.S. Department of Commerce
Office of Inspector General
1401 Constitution Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC 20230

(202) 482-4661


To report obstruction of justice committed by FBI agents and/or other federal investigators:

U.S. Department of Justice
Office of the Inspector General
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.,
Suite 4706
Washington, D.C. 20530-0001

(202) 514-3435


FBI Headquarters 
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20535-0001

(202) 324-3000


Federal investigations are over; state and local agencies are free to investigate and bring charges.


Some members of law enforcement might be unaware that federal law enforcement agencies no longer have sole jurisdiction over 9/11 just because it was designated as a terrorist act. The FBIís investigation concluded long ago, allowing independent investigators access to documents under FOIA that were not disclosed during the prosecution of Zacharias Moussaoui. Any state or local officials who believe that participants in a crime that occurred in their jurisdiction were not successfully identified and/or prosecuted as part of the federal response to 9/11 are free to begin their own investigations of such participants and to file criminal charges as appropriate.