More than 1,600 people who have been affected by the September 11 attacks released a letter addressed to President Joe Biden to say they could not “in good faith” welcome his visit to mark the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the twin towers until he “fulfills his commitment” to release documents so far blocked by the government.
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced that it will review previously withheld information related to the September 11, 2001, attacks as pressure mounts for greater transparency in the run-up to the 20th anniversary of the tragedy.
Four California-bound passenger planes were hijacked by al-Qaeda* terrorists on 11 September 2001: one crashed into the Pentagon, one into the north tower of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre and another into the south (both of which collapsed), and the last crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania having been brought down by the passengers. The attack resulted in just under 3,000 deaths.
The two-page letter filed in Manhattan’s federal court on Monday said that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had recently concluded an investigation scrutinising some of the 9/11 hijackers and potential co-conspirators.
Accordingly, it is now in a position to determine whether information it previously considered sensitive could now be shared, despite prior court rulings “upholding the government’s privilege assertions”.