Biden needs to 'keep his promise' and declassify top-secret 9/11 documents, families of terror attack victims beg
RELATIVES of victims in the September 11 attacks and a bipartisan group of senators are calling on Joe Biden to declassify 9/11-related documents that would help identify co-conspirators of the deadly terrorist tragedy.
A group of senators are pushing legislation that would declassify thousands of documents held by the intelligence community and Department of Justice.
The September 11th Transparency Act, as the legislation is called, was proposed on behalf of nearly 2,000 family members of victims who are calling for the documents to be released.
A letter written by close to 1,800 first responders, survivors and relatives of victims called on President Joe Biden to release the documents or not attend the 20th memorial anniversary of the attacks.
"Six months ago the 9/11 community had great hopes that President Joe Biden would be the long lost champion of those directly affected by this murderous attack on our nation," the letter starts.
"Since the conclusion of the 9/11 Commission in 2004 much investigative evidence has been uncovered implicating Saudi government officials in supporting the attack," it continues.
"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."
"As we approach the 20th anniversary of 9/11, and having been used as a political bargaining chip for two decades, our patience has expired."
The letter was joined by senators supporting the transparency biill, like Senator Bob Melendez of New Jersey.
"If the United States government is sitting on any documents that may implicate Saudi Arabia in the events of 9/11, these families and the American people have a right to know," he said.
"If information is power, then we must give our 9/11 families access to that information and any power it provides them as they carry forward their search for truth, justice, and accountability for the September 11th attacks."
The families claim they campaigned for Biden in the promise that he would release the documents in a letter he wrote to them in October 2020 as the "right to seek full truth and accountability."
In that letter, Biden wrote: "I will direct my attorney general to personally examine the merits of all cases where the invocation of privilege is recommended."
He blasted the Trump Administration for not taking this issue on and said he would "err on the side of disclosure in cases where, as here, the events in question occurred two decades or longer ago."
The declassified documents would help a legal case filed by families and survivors who are suing the Saudi government in federal court in New York.
The federal government has argued the documents are too sensitive for public release and could result in lawsuits against the federal government.
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