Despite persistent demands from 9/11 victims’ families, various US administrations have repeatedly declined to release classified documents over the last two decades.
Relatives of 9/11 victims have petitioned the National Intelligence Agency (CIA) to declassify documents and investigations of Saudi involvement.
Some of these documents, however, have been leaked to the American press in recent years.
The controversial (28-page investigation by Congress) that indicated Saudi Arabia’s, a strong US ally, involvement in the terrorist attacks was omitted from the report.
“Our government has been concealing information regarding Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the 9/11 attacks for the last 20 years,” says a letter addressed by 9/11 families to the directors of the CIA and FBI.
The use of the term “CONFIDENTIAL” in this matter, which deliberately hides Saudi involvement in the 9/11 attacks, violates our basic constitutional rights, according to the letter.
Joe Biden made a strong commitment to political transparency and accountability during the 2020 presidential campaign, a topic that was welcomed by the relatives of 9/11 victims. However, On the 20th anniversary of the infamous tragedy, US President Joe Biden issued an executive order demanding the release of information related to Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the 9/11 attacks.
Furthermore, Biden’s order directed the US Department of Justice and other US executive agencies to investigate classified 9/11 documents, such as phone conversations and bank data, and make the findings public within six months.
Even though Saudi Arabia has long been accused of providing financial and intelligence support to radical terrorist organizations, the opulent Saudi officials have managed to whitewash their notorious public image through media efforts, sweet-talking, lobbying American legislators, and greasing White House officials’ palms.
The ramifications, according to Middle East experts, would put Riyadh’s interests in jeopardy, since the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) legislation would enable 9/11 victims’ families to sue the Saudi government for its role in the attacks.
After former Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir threatened to withdraw his country’s assets worth $750 billion from the US if the Saudi government was named the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks, Congress supported the JASTA bill.
As a result of Biden’s decision to make the 9/11 documents public, the Saudi royal family is once again trembling with fear.