President Biden ordered the release of the first several documents related to an investigation by the FBI upon the 9/11 attack on Saturday. This document is from 2016, and it provides the details of the FBI’s work to investigate the support between a Saudi intelligence agent in Los Angeles and a Saudi consultar official with the two men on the planes.
In these documents, the FBI was suspicious of Omar al-Bayoumi, who is a Saudi student in Los Angeles, but is suspected to be the Saudi intelligence agent. CNN writes that “The FBI document describes him as deeply involved in providing “travel assistance, lodging and financing” to help the two hijackers”.
President Biden decided to order the release of the documents when he received more than 1,600 letters from people asking him to refrain from going to Ground Zero in New York City to acknowledge the 20th anniversary unless he sends out the information. Then, the Department of Justice announced the disclosure of the documents for the first time after September 11, 2001. “Although this development followed the U.S. District Court rulings upholding the government’s privilege assertions, the FBI has decided to review its prior privilege assertions to identify additional information appropriate for disclosure. The FBI will disclose such information on a rolling basis as expeditiously as possible,” the spokesperson said. In this way, Biden is showing his commitment to the victims’ families by releasing the documents and records of the September 11 attacks.