Steve Scott, Sen. Richard Blumenthal

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Sen. Blumenthal: Declassify All Remaining 9/11 Documents

July 30, 2018 - 2:56 pm

WASHINGTON (WCBS 880) -- U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) says it is time to declassify all remaining documents related to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Blumenthal joined WCBS 880’s Steve Scott to talk about his proposal Monday. He explained why he believes now is the time.

“These 9/11 families deserve a fair day in court. We passed legislation so that they could sue the Saudi government and other organizations or entities that may have colluded with the hijackers, and now they need the documents; the evidence to have a fair day in court,” Blumenthal said. “Seventeen years after this unspeakably tragic occurrence in our history, there is now no reason for our continued secrecy about the documents and other evidence that could help them make their case and hold the Saudi government accountable.”

The Saudis have long been strategic partners of the United States. He said even if Saudi Arabia ends up embarrassed by the documents, it must be held accountable if it colluded with the 9/11 hijackers.

“If the Saudis cooperated or sponsored or supported the hijackers and were complicit in this horrific attack on America, they should be exposed for what they did. And we want to make sure they’re held accountable,” he said.

Blumenthal said there may be some pushback from the White House or the intelligence community when it comes to declassifying the documents, but he said 17 years after the attacks, there is “no reason for continued secrecy.”

He also said all the sources and methods that appear in the documents are dated now anyway, and thus, there is no reason for any pushback.

“There should be, in fact, respect for these families who are seeking simple justice, and also to hold accountable terrorists and governments that may be complicit in attacks on the United States. That’s in the national interests, not just these families’ interests,” he said. “I hope there will be no pushback. In fact, I hope that there will be prompt cooperation for this bipartisan effort – I stress bipartisan effort – and respect for the families as well as the national interest.”