D.he American President Joe Biden has directed the Department of Justice to review and release documents from the FBI investigation into the 9/11 attacks. “When I ran for president, I pledged to ensure transparency in the release of documents relating to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America,” Biden said in a statement on Friday. As the twentieth anniversary of this tragic day is approaching, he will keep this commitment. Attorney General Merrick Garland is overseeing the review of the release of documents related to the FBI investigation, Biden said. Therefore, the Minister of Justice must publish released documents in the next six months.
Relatives of the victims have been asking for more information about what the FBI found during their investigation for years. They wrote to Justice Department General Inspector Michael Horowitz on Thursday asking to investigate their suspicions that the FBI lied or destroyed evidence linking Saudi Arabia to the hijackers. Last month, many families had urged President Biden to cancel the memorial services if he did not release the documents.
On September 11, 2001, suicide bombers directed two hijacked aircraft into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York and another into the Pentagon near Washington. A fourth plane crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The attacks killed 2,759 people in the metropolis of New York alone.