Washington- US President Joe Biden has ordered the release of documents held by the United States regarding Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Next week marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in the United States. Against this backdrop, Biden was warned not to visit the victims’ memorials, not even to disclose information that the families of the victims had in the United States. It is said that the decision to disclose the documents was taken after that.
President Biden signed the ordinance on Friday, directing the Justice Department to release documents about the 9/11 attacks. While campaigning for the presidential election, Biden had promised to release the documents related to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. ‘I am fulfilling this promise 20 years after the attack,’ Biden said in a statement.
Some of these documents will be released on September 11, while the remaining documents have been allotted a duration of six months. It also said that the Justice Department would review and release the documents. While some families involved in the 9/11 attacks have expressed satisfaction with Biden’s order, they have also raised doubts about releasing documents and information. Some families pointed out that the previous administration had refused to release the documents at the last minute, citing national security.
In 2016, the US Congress passed The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism (JASTA) Act. Accordingly, US citizens have the right to take legal action against the masterminds and accomplices of the attack. In light of the legislation, the FBI’s investigation is believed to have included the names of Saudi Arabian nationals and officials. The families of the victims have demanded that the information be disclosed. But the order did not mention Saudi Arabia.
In March, the Biden administration released an intelligence report on the assassination of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The report also mentions Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia. Following this report, groups of families involved in the 9/11 attacks began to put more pressure on the Biden administration in the 9/11 context. ‘If President Biden breaks his word and takes the side of the Saudi Arabians, we will stand firm against Biden and his administration at the 9/11 memorial,’ said a group of victims’ families. Tensions have also risen between the United States and Saudi Arabia over legal action in connection with the 9/11 terrorist attacks, with Saudi Arabia denying any involvement in the 9/11 attacks.