Justin Bullock, FISM News
A large amount of families of the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks are asking President Biden to declassify government documents associated with the attacks that they say will demonstrate that certain Saudi Arabia government officials gave its approval of the attacks. The families have backed up their request by telling President Biden not to come to the 20th Anniversary Memorial event if he fails to declassify the requested documents. The families communicated their request by way of letter and approximately 1700 people signed it.
In the letter the families said,
Since the conclusion of the 9/11 Commission in 2004 much investigative evidence has been uncovered implicating Saudi government officials in supporting the attacks. 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. Despite numerous requests by Democratic and Republican members of Congress and hundreds of 9/11 family members imploring previous and now the current administration to bring transparency to the matter, these efforts have been rebuffed and the issue has remained inexplicably ignored. 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. We had great hope that President Biden, who campaigned on bringing truth and trust back to the Oval Office, would value the lives and sacrifices of America’s citizens over diplomatic relations with a country accused of mass murder. To be clear, the Biden administration still has a historic opportunity to fulfill his campaign promise and, more important, finally give our families and the American people the truth they deserve about 9/11. Twenty years later, there is simply no reason – unmerited claims of “national security” or otherwise – to keep this information secret. But if President Biden reneges on his commitment and sides with the Saudi government, we would be compelled to publicly stand in objection to any participation by his administration in any memorial ceremony of 9/11, given its continuation of polices that thwart Americans’ rights to hold accountable those who, known evidence reveals, materially supported the 9/11 hijackers.
The declassification of the investigative documents into 9/11 has long been an issue for families of the victims. There has been a long standing suspicion that Saudi Arabia or at least its leaders had an active role in planning and funding the attacks. Indeed, Saudi Arabia is currently facing thousands of lawsuits in the billions of dollars from roughly 2,500 of people who were killed in 9/11, and by more than 20,000 people who suffered injuries in the attacks. The root of the suspicion lies in the fact that 15 of the 19 terrorists who carried out the attack were from Saudi Arabia. Thus far President Biden has not released a response to the letter nor has indicated what his plans will be with respect to the 20th Anniversary Memorial.