Ron DeSantis presses Joe Biden on declassifying 9/11 documents

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'A selection of documents and answers remain unclear.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis visited New York City for the annual commemoration of the 9/11 terror attacks 22 years ago.

And the Florida Governor and 2024 presidential candidate is calling on the current President to make public information that is currently classified about how those attacks came to happen.

“And now, decades later, we as a nation still owe full transparency and accountability to these grieving families. Yet too many politicians have broken past promises to them, and that is wholly unacceptable,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis called on President Joe Biden “to publicly commit to declassifying the remaining Intelligence Community documents regarding the planning and financing of 9/11, consistent with protecting national security. While over the last three years, some progress has been made, a selection of documents and answers remain unclear.”

Indeed, President Biden did commit to a declassification review in his first months in office, with some documents being released. DeSantis wants more, however, saying he would “demand from each agency that they provide a detailed justification for every remaining redaction and decide, in the interests of transparency, whether the public interest outweighs any potential harm in disclosure before making declassification and public release decisions.”

“I will end the federal government’s decades-long abuse of the classification system and will strive to be the most transparent administration in U.S. history,” DeSantis promises.

Additionally, the Governor vows to resist a plea deal with “Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his co-conspirators,” which is reportedly under consideration and could remove the possibility of the death penalty for the attacks more than two decades ago.

“Any plea deal allowing the accused to avoid the harshest penalties and transparency is unconscionable given the loss inflicted by their terrorist acts. While the Biden Administration has allegedly rejected a considered plea deal over the near term, pressure must remain so that any way forward includes public answers and maximum lawful punishment. Avoiding a public trial denies victims the justice they deserve and allows others to evade scrutiny. I urge the administration to serve justice and send an unequivocal message that such attacks on American lives will never go unanswered.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


13 comments

  • Tjb

    September 11, 2023 at 3:49 pm

    DeSantis is requesting transparency from others, but he has closely guarded many of the actions of his office. Perhaps it is time for DeSantis to provide FULL transparency into his administration.

    • Jay Smif

      September 12, 2023 at 3:45 pm

      Starting with his flight records and what kind of taxpayer funds he’s using for his corrupt, failed campaign.

      DeSantis is a filthy shitweasel.

      • Jim1937

        September 14, 2023 at 9:25 am

        That your Charlie Crispy?

  • TJC

    September 11, 2023 at 4:02 pm

    The man who, along with his cronies in Tallahassee, has taken every opportunity to undermine Florida’s Government-in-the-Sunshine law — which established the public’s right to know what its politicians are up to — now wants to blame Biden for not disclosing enough information on the terror attack, even though he has done more of it than any president since 9/11, including DeSantis’s role model Trump.
    Says the Gov, “I will end the federal government’s decades-long abuse of the classification system and will strive to be the most transparent administration in U.S. history,” he promises. Anyone counting on that dream coming true hasn’t been paying attention to the administration he’s been running in Florida.

  • SteveHC

    September 11, 2023 at 4:33 pm

    DESANTIS himself could start by ״declassifying” his past, current and future travel itineraries and related state government-incurred expenses…

  • My Take

    September 11, 2023 at 5:24 pm

    DeSShameless really is a piece of unvarnished garbage.

  • My Take

    September 12, 2023 at 8:31 am

    Will the documents show how Bush was warned something was coming and ignored it?

  • Bluesky

    September 13, 2023 at 2:44 pm

    The Twin Towers were imploded

  • Michael K

    September 13, 2023 at 5:59 pm

    Does this guy listen to himself or have an ounce of self-awareness?

  • E T

    September 13, 2023 at 8:04 pm

    Is he just reading a script written by CIA, FBI and DEA?
    Declassify everything except what matters?

  • E T

    September 13, 2023 at 8:05 pm

    Is he just reading a script written by CIA, FBI and DEA?

    Declassify everything except what matters?

    OK Florida, that why Desantis also covering up Pulse Nightclub scandal for FBI.

  • Mike

    September 13, 2023 at 9:28 pm

    This guys entire campaign is conspiracy theory level BS. Now he’s implying the government hid “soemthing” about 9/11?

  • Jim1937

    September 14, 2023 at 9:26 am

    Looks like the Loony DNC has taken over the comments section of this article.

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