President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Friday to allow the Department of Justice to release documents related to the September 11 terrorist attack in New York City.
The 20th anniversary of the attack is days away.
“My heart continues to be with the 9/11 families who are suffering, and my Administration will continue to engage respectfully with members of this community,” the President said. “I welcome their voices and insights as we chart a way forward.”
“We must never forget the enduring pain of the families and loved ones of the 2,977 innocent people who were killed during the worst terrorist attack on American in our history. For them, it was to only a national and international tragedy,” President Biden said. “It was a personal devastation. For 20 years, children have grown up without parents and parents have suffered without children. Husbands and wives have had to find a way forward without their partners in life. Brothers and sisters, uncles and aunts, loved ones and friends have celebrated 20 years of birthdays, family gatherings, and milestones looking at an empty chair at homes and with a hole in their hearts.”
Families of victims have pushed the government to provide information on the deadly terrorist attack. House Intelligence Committee Chairman, Adam Schiff, says that the Committee is working to provide full transparency about the attack.
“We are thrilled to see the President forcing the release of more evidence about Saudi connections to the 9/11 Attacks,” Terry Strada, a widow whose husband was killed on September 11, said.
“There is much more work to be done to secure justice for our murdered loved ones and to rectify the immense damage the 20-year shroud of secrecy has caused, but we now are optimistic that President Biden will be helping us achieve those goals,” Strada said.
President Biden will travel to New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania on Sept. 11 to mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks at all three sites where they occurred, the White House announced Saturday.