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Biden orders the opening of secret documents from the 9/11 investigation


President Joe Biden, this Friday during a visit to LaPlace (Louisiana) to investigate the damage caused by Hurricane Ida.Evan Vucci / AP

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The coincidence in time made the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the celebration of the 20th anniversary of September 11 almost twin episodes. Battered by criticism of the chaos surrounding the withdrawal, President Joe Biden is trying to win the sympathy of the families of victims of al Qaeda attacks by signing, on Friday, a decree ordering the review of still-secret documents from the government investigation into the attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, with the intention of disqualifying them.

The movement takes place on the eve of the commemoration, on Saturday of next week, of the anniversary, but the gesture also implies the intention to close the Afghan chapter. The link between the two events is inseparable — the US intervened in Afghanistan in 2001 in search of al Qaeda terrorists — although the decree signed on Friday specifically responds to the request of more than 1,600 relatives of the nearly 3,000 killed in the attacks to disqualify the confidential information. According to a statement released by the White House, Biden approached Attorney General Merrick Garland and other agencies involved to proceed with the disqualification “within six months.”

“We must never forget the ongoing pain of the families and loved ones of the 2,977 innocent people who died in the worst terrorist attack in our history. For them, it was not just a national and international tragedy. It was a personal drama,” recalled Biden.

Relatives and friends of hundreds of victims warned the president that he would not be welcomed in New York during commemorative events if he did not. The signing of the decree also obeys, according to the statement, one of his campaign promises. But the truth is that the judicial offensive launched by relatives of some victims against Saudi Arabia and other countries for alleged complicity with al Qaeda has put the Biden government on the ropes. Successive US governments have kept state secrets to prevent the publication of confidential information.

The Democrat, who this week added setbacks — such as alleged collateral damage from the Afghan withdrawal, which adds to Republican criticism for his tenure; or the controversial Texas abortion law—emphasized that its “heart remains with the 9/11 families who continue to suffer.” The Government he presides over “will continue to have a respectful commitment to members of this community, whom I thank for their opinions and vision as we chart the way forward,” highlights the White House statement.

Exactly a month ago, the Department of Justice announced that the FBI had decided to review the September 11 documents to “find additional information that can be released as soon as possible.” The victims’ families recently demanded the publication of all documents that demonstrate Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the attacks. At the forefront is the traditional alliance, not without tension, between the two countries, in which the Biden Government seems to have taken a turn.

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