President Biden, in the end of this week, decided declassification of certain documents related to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack. Biden said Friday that he was making good on a campaign commitment by ordering the declassification review and pledged that his administration “will continue to engage respectfully with members of this community.” “It is therefore critical to ensure that the United States Government maximizes transparency, relying on classification only when narrowly tailored and necessary,” the order added. The order requires that declassified documents be released over the next six months.
Implication of the Saudi government is expected to become clear. A long-running lawsuit in federal court in New York aims to hold the Saudi government accountable and alleges that Saudi officials provided significant support to some of the hijackers before the attacks. The Saudi government has denied any connection to the attacks. On Thursday, victims’ families and survivors urged the Justice Department’s inspector general to investigate the FBI’s apparent inability to locate key pieces of evidence. Under the terms of the executive order, the FBI must complete by Sept. 11 its declassification review of documents. This year will mark 20 years since the attack.