President Biden ordered a declassification review of secret documents related to the FBI’s 9/11 investigation, the White House announced Friday.
Biden signed an executive order directing the Department of Justice and other agencies to oversee the review — and ordering Attorney General Merrick Garland to release any declassified documents publicly over the next six months. “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,” Biden said in a statement. “As we approach the 20th anniversary of that tragic day, I am honoring that commitment.”
“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.”
Approximately 1700 people directly affected by 9/11 requested that Biden not attend the memorial service 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.
“Through multiple administrations, the Department of Justice and the FBI have actively sought to keep this information secret and prevent the American people from learning the full truth about the 9/11 attacks,” it said. Biden’s Justice Department opened up a review of the classified documents shortly after the letter was sent.
The group 9/11 Families United praised the review. “We are thrilled to see the President forcing the release of more evidence about Saudi connections to the 9/11 Attacks,” Terry Strada, whose husband died in the attacks, said in a statement for the group. “We have been fighting the FBI and intelligence community for too long, but this looks like a true turning point.”
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