President Joe Biden moved to declassify documents related to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, signing an executive order on Friday that would require the Justice Department and other agencies to review documents and release anything that’s not related to a current national security threat within the next six months.
“When I ran for president, I made a commitment to ensuring transparency regarding the declassification of documents on the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America,” Biden said in a statement. “As we approach the 20th anniversary of that tragic day, I am honoring that commitment.”
The move might quell calls from Americans affected by the events of 9/11 to not take part in a ceremony next week at the site of the twin towers in lower Manhattan.
The New Jersey Globe first reported this week that Biden plans to attend an event at the World Trade Center on September 11.
White House advance and the U.S. Secret Service have met with local law enforcement officials in preparation for the president’s visit to the 9/11 Memorial next Saturday, the New Jersey Globe has confirmed.
“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,” Biden said. “I welcome their voices and insight as we chart a way forward.”