US President Joe Biden has ordered the declassification of documents from the FBI’s investigation into the 9/11 attacks.
Biden stated that his order directed the Department of Justice and other agencies to oversee a declassification review of documents related to the FBI probe.
This order requires Attorney General Merrick Garland to make the documents public 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,”.
Yesterday, family members of victims who died in the 9/11 attacks asked a US government watchdog to investigate their suspicions that evidence linking Saudi Arabia to the hijackers was destroyed by the FBI.
The request was addressed to the Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz and stated, “circumstances make it likely that one or more FBI officials committed willful misconduct with intent to destroy or secrete evidence to avoid its disclosure.”
Biden, who will be commemorating the victims of the attacks next week, stated that he will remain committed to declassifying the documents.
“As we approach the 20th anniversary of that tragic day, I am honouring that commitment.”