Saturday, September 4, 2021

Biden orders declassification of 9/11 investigation documents | Al Jazeera

US President Joe Biden has directed the Justice Department and other agencies to begin a six-month process of declassifying documents related to the FBI’s investigations into the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The move on Friday comes days before the 20th anniversary of the al-Qaeda attacks and a month after 9/11 survivors, first responders and family members of the nearly 3,000 victims wrote a sternly worded letter to the president. They accused the US of deliberately keeping the documents – which they say prove that Saudi government officials aided the al-Qaeda attackers – under wraps.

“When I ran for president, I made a commitment to ensuring transparency regarding the declassification of documents on the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America. As we approach the 20th anniversary of that tragic day, I am honoring that commitment,” Biden said in a statement on Friday.

“Today, I signed an executive order directing the Department of Justice and other relevant agencies to oversee a declassification review of documents related to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s September 11th investigations. The executive order requires the Attorney General to release the declassified documents publicly over the next six months.”

In their August letter, about 1,700 people directly affected by the September 11 attacks called on Biden to skip next week’s memorial events unless he released the documents.

“Since the conclusion of the 9/11 Commission in 2004 much investigative evidence has been uncovered implicating Saudi government officials in supporting the attacks,” the letter stated.

1 comment:

  1. El presidente de Estados Unidos, Joe Biden, ordenó este viernes desclasificar documentos hasta ahora secretos sobre la investigación que llevó a cabo el FBI para aclarar los atentados terroristas del 11 de septiembre de 2001.

    Se trata de un gesto de apoyo a los familiares de víctimas que demandaron acceso a esos documentos con esperanzas de mostrar una supuesta implicación del gobierno saudita.

    El decreto, emitido ocho días antes del 20° aniversario de los ataques, que dejaron cerca de 3.000 muertos, marca un momento significativo en el forcejeo de años entre el gobierno y las familias acerca de qué información clasificada sobre los días previos a los ataques podía ser publicada.

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