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Joe Biden Set To Declassify 9/11 Terror Attack Documents

by : Emily Brown on : 04 Sep 2021 13:06
Biden Set To Declassify 9/11 Terror Attack DocumentsPA Images

President Joe Biden has signed an executive order directing the FBI to declassify documents related to the 9/11 attacks.

The move comes ahead of the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed almost 3,000 people, with some families of the victims arguing against Biden’s involvement in memorial events should the documents remain classified.

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In a statement released on Friday, September 3, the president noted that during his presidential campaign he ‘made a commitment to ensuring transparency regarding the declassification of documents on the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America’.

He announced he is ‘honouring that commitment’ with the signing of the executive order and pledged his administration will ‘continue to engage respectfully with members of this community’.

Per Sky News, the order states:

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The significant events in question occurred two decades ago or longer, and they concern a tragic moment that continues to resonate in American history and in the lives of so many Americans.

It is therefore critical to ensure that the United States Government maximises transparency, relying on classification only when narrowly tailored and necessary.

In signing the order, Biden has directed the Justice Department and other executive branch agencies to review documents from the FBI’s probe into the attacks and to make the declassified documents public over the next six months.

September 11 memorial (PA Images)PA Images

The decision to declassify the documents comes after a years-long fight between the government and members of the public regarding the documents, with families of victims reportedly seeking the information in hopes of implicating the Saudi government.

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Brett Eagleson, whose father died during the attack on the World Trade Center, said he and other families will be monitoring the process to make sure the Justice Department follows through with the order.

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Emily Brown

Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University and went on to contribute to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming Senior Journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news, trending stories and longer form features.

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    Joe Biden moves to declassify documents related to 9/11 terror attacks