“For me, the core lesson of 9/11 is when we are most vulnerable, in the impulse of what makes up,” Biden said in a video released by the White House on September 10. As we people and the fight to regain the soul of America, unity is our greatest strength.”
President Biden said in a video released by the White House on September 10. Photo: USA Today
“Unity doesn’t mean we have to believe in the same thing. We have to respect and place fundamental trust in each other and this country,” Biden said.
The US President and first lady are expected to visit three locations related to the September 11 events, including New York City, where two planes crashed into the World Trade Center killing 2,753 people, and Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the fourth plane crashed while flying to the US Capitol or the White House.
Mr. Biden will visit the Memorial in New York City on September 11. Photo: Reuters
President Biden called on the American people to unite as issues related to the Covid-19 pandemic, mandatory vaccination requirements, voting rights and abortion are causing division.
According to Reuters news agency, hate crimes against Arab Americans, Muslims and people believed to be Arabs or Muslims increased after the 9/11 attacks. The number of such crimes has decreased over the years but has never returned to pre-September 11 levels, according to statistics from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
President Joe Biden and the first lady arrived in New York to prepare for the 9/11 anniversary. Photo: AP
President Biden on Tuesday ordered the Justice Department to review and declassify documents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigation into the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
President Biden pledged that the declassification process will be conducted in a way that respects the families of the victims in order to comfort the families after years of wanting more information about the events of 20 years ago.
Family members of victims of the September 2 attack 20 years ago have asked a US government watchdog to investigate allegations that the FBI lied to or destroyed evidence of Arab links Saudi with the hijackers.
The request in a letter to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz alleges that it is likely that one or more FBI officials knowingly engaged in misconduct with the intent to destroy or conceal evidence to avoid disclosure.
Relatives of the victims have been trying for years to get more information about the FBI investigation. They accused the United States of intentionally keeping documents that could show Saudi government officials helped al Qaeda terrorists carry out the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States. The Saudi side said it had no role in the above attacks.