September 11 marks the 20th anniversary of the attack on the United States. US President Joe Biden issued an executive order on Friday ordering the review, declassification and disclosure of government documents related to the 2001 terrorist attacks. He stressed that he was thus fulfilling his commitment to the election campaign.
– When I ran for the office of president, I made a commitment to ensuring transparency on the declassification of documents relating to the terrorist attacks on America on September 11, 2001. (…). As we are approaching the 20th anniversary of this tragic day, I am fulfilling my pledge, said Joe Biden on Friday. According to the Washington Post, the ordinance requires the justice department and other agencies to oversee the declassification of documents related to the FBI’s 9/11 investigations. It also requires the US Attorney General to release the declassified documents to the public within the next six months.
“Families of hundreds of victims of the 9/11 attacks told Biden last month that he would not be welcome at this year’s 20th anniversary celebrations unless he had first declassified government documents that could link Saudi Arabia to the attack,” noted a Washington daily, citing on a letter sent to the White House in August. Following this, the Justice Department undertook to review evidence related to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. However, the lawyer for some of the victims’ families found this insufficient.
Joe Biden has yet to make public his plans for the 20th anniversary of the attacks. “My heart is still with the 9/11 families that suffer, and my administration will continue to work respectfully with members of this community,” Biden assured.
20th anniversary of the attack on the United States
September 11 marks the 20th anniversary of the attacks on the United States. In 2001, two planes seized by terrorists hit the buildings of the World Trade Center. 2,977 people were killed and over 6,000 were injured.
Another plane hit the Pentagon, killing a total of 189 people – 125 employees of the defense ministry, 59 passengers and crew members of the hijacked American Airlines plane, and five terrorists. It was the first attack on an American government building since 1814, when British troops attacked the capital of the young federation during the Revolutionary War.
A fourth terrorist hijacked plane crashed in a field near a former mine in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Before the crash on board, the crew and passengers made an attempt to overpower the terrorists. The target of their attack was probably the Capitol. 44 people were killed, including four kidnappers.
Main photo source: US Navy Photo / Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Jim Watson