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9/11 Families Tell Biden to Stay Away from Their Memorial Events

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Families of the victims of the 9/11 terror attacks do not want President Joe Biden to use this year’s events as a photo op unless he keeps his promise to pull back the curtain hiding Saudi Arabia’s possible role in the tragedy.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon, as well as the downing of United Airlines Flight 93, which was en route to add to the devastation. A memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, commemorates the passengers who battled hijackers aboard the plane, which crashed, killing all aboard.

The group that includes about 1,800 people — including first responders, survivors and family members of victims — says Biden is not welcome at this year’s remembrance ceremonies unless he finally declassifies government files they think could show the extent to which Saudi Arabian leaders either knew of or countenanced the attacks.

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When seeking support for his presidential bid, Biden indicated he would help them get the information they have been seeking, but has turned a deaf ear to them after gaining the White House, the group said.

“I intend to be a President for all Americans, and will hear all of their voices,” read an October 2020 letter from the then-presidential candidate. “The 9/11 Families are right to seek full truth and accountability. … I will direct my Attorney General to personally examine the merits of all cases where the invocation of privilege is recommended, and to err on the side of disclosure in cases where, as here, the events in question occurred two decades or longer ago.”

But he has not come through, the group says.

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“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,” the family members, first responders and survivors said in a statement, according to NBC News.

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