Forget 9/11

“We cannot in good faith, and with veneration to those lost, sick, and injured, welcome the president to our hallowed grounds until he fulfills his commitment,” said a recent letter to President Biden. It was signed by 1,800 family members of victims, first responders and survivors of the attacks on September 11th, 2001.
They are upset at him because he’s refused to declassify documents relating to the attack, which they think will implicate the Saudis. Which would not surprise anybody too much. But the thing is, if the Saudi government was involved, then the U.S. government was probably involved. They are officially an ally of the U.S., one of the U.S.’s largest arms customers, and especially tight with American oil companies. It could get ugly indeed. But, if there are any bombshells, the documents will probably never be released.
And that’s exactly how we should read it: any time anybody is unwilling to release information, it’s because that information could be damaging to them. With the possible exception of surprise parties.
There’s certainly no possible way, after 20 years, that any information contained therein could possibly pose a threat to American security. It’s been 20 years. A lot has changed. This is not the same world it was then.
What gives a government the right to keep anything secret at all? If they were operating honestly, in the best interests of all the people, they would not need to.
I’m glad Biden is being called out on this.

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