Menendez, Booker Celebrate Senate Passage of Resolution to Declassify 9/11 Documents

Menendez, Booker Celebrate Senate Passage of Resolution to Declassify 9/11 Documents

Bipartisan resolution calls for the release of all classified documents related to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks

  
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a resolution cosponsored by Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (Both D-N.J.) calling for the declassification of all remaining documents relating to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Tens of thousands of pages of documents from the Department of Justice and other agencies relating to the September 11 attacks currently remain classified even though their contents are critical for a full public understanding of these attacks and could reveal unknown connections between terrorists and foreign nations.

“We will never forget what happened on that horrific day. This resolution is a step towards helping survivors in their search for answers,” said Senator Menendez. “I stand with the survivors of over 700 New Jerseyans who lost their lives that day, and they should have access to all the information about the attacks that took the life of their loved ones.” 

Joining Sens. Menendez and Booker on sponsoring this resolution were Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

 

The full text of the resolution is available here and below.

Urging the release of information regarding the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks upon the United States.

Whereas tens of thousands of pages of documents relating to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks upon the United States remain classified by the Federal Government;

Whereas the contents of these documents are necessary for a full public understanding of the events and circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks;

Whereas the decision to maintain the classified status of many of these documents prevents the people of the United States from having access to information about the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, including the involvement of certain foreign governments in the attacks; and

Whereas the people of the United States and the families of the victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks deserve full and public disclosure of the events surrounding the attacks: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That it is the sense of the Senate that—

(1) documents related to the events of September 11, 2001, should be declassified to the greatest extent possible; and

(2) the survivors, the families of the victims, and the people of the United States deserve answers about the events and circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks upon the United States. 

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