The DOJ is again claiming the families of 9/11 victims have no right to know what the FBI knows about Saudi Arabia’s involvement—but is the goal to protect a close ally, or to protect a gov’t that continues to infringe upon Americans’ rights in the name of “national security”?
On today’s edition of “Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About This?” the Department of Justice if doubling down on the claim that the families of the 9/11 victims have no right to know what the FBI knows about Saudi Arabia’s involvement.
Attorney General William Barr stated that not only will the intelligence community not share its findings from its investigation—but they won’t even give the reason as to why they won’t share their findings because it could jeopardize “national security.”
As Pro Publica reported, Barr argued that discussion of the information “would reveal information that could cause the very harms my assertion of the state secrets privilege is intended to prevent.”
This is yet another slap in the face to the families who have spent nearly two decades seeking justice. They are being reminded once again that the US would rather stay on good terms with Saudi Arabia than to seek accountability for the victims.
This is a bipartisan policy, as it has been upheld by both Bush and Obama, but Trump was the one who promised to bring truth. In fact, during a campaign event in 2016, Trump literally promised that if he was elected, Americans would “find out who really knocked down the World Trade Center.” He went on to say, “It wasn’t the Iraqis. You may find it’s the Saudis.”
While the Trump Administration has done the completely opposite—getting closer than ever to Saudi Arabia—there is another part piece of the puzzle.
The term “national security” has been used by the U.S. government countless times since 9/11, every time there is a need to justify starting another war, conducting more warrantless surveillance, or infringing upon Americans’ rights in anyway. It is essentially the base of the house of cards that is the “War on Terrorism.”
So it raises the question—what if it’s not just about the fear of making Saudi Arabia mad and losing a close ally? What if the years of hiding the information are actually rooted in the fear that if Americans knew the truth about what the government knows and how it has chosen to act, they finally started calling for accountability, and stopped accepting the term “national security” with no evidence. That is something everyone should be talking about.