.com with AFP | 10:02 am – September 5, 2021
US President Joe Biden on Friday signed an executive order for the declassification within the next six months of documents from the investigation into 9/11, a sensitive subject for some families of victims.
Referring to a campaign ‘pledge’, Joe Biden “signed an executive order directing the Justice Department and all relevant agencies to oversee a declassification review of documents related to 9/11 investigations,” according to a statement. of the White House.
The Minister of Justice will have to publish the declassified documents “within the next six months”.
Families of 9/11 victims have launched a legal battle to revive the investigations into these attacks.
During these proceedings, successive US governments have invoked state secrecy in order not to publish certain documents.
The subject is sensitive, as the United States prepares to commemorate the twenty years of the attacks on the twin towers of the World Trade Center and against the Pentagon, including a ceremony in New York which Joe Biden is to attend.
At the beginning of August, families of victims, survivors of the attacks and members of the rescue teams had published a letter letting it be known that the Democratic president would not be “welcome” at the ceremony if he did not “keep his promise”. The letter calls for the publication of all documents.