America commemorates the deadliest attacks in history, 20 years on

On September 11, 2001, airliners crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York. The attacks, broadcast live on televisions around the world, had far-reaching political, diplomatic and military repercussions. This Saturday, US President Joe Biden and his wife will visit the three emblematic places attacks that occurred twenty years ago for “to pay homage and commemorate the lost lives”, the White House said in a statement.

Three emblematic locations of the attacks

The Head of State is expected in New York, where the twin towers of the World Trade Center fell, but also in Shanksville in Pennsylvania where a plane hijacked by four jihadists crashed, and in Arlington in Virginia, not far from Washington. , where the US Department of Defense was attacked.

Like every year, the American flags will be half mast. And at 8:46 a.m., the time the North Tower of the World Trade Center was hit by the first plane, a minute of silence will be observed.

Declassified documents?

This twentieth anniversary is also marked by the resumption of the trial of the alleged organizer of the attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and four other defendants, at the Guantanamo military prison. The five men, accused of “murder” and “terrorist acts”, face the death penalty. But the outcome of this trial, which falls under exceptional military justice, is uncertain.

Another strong symbol, Joe Biden has “signed a decree ordering the Ministry of Justice and all relevant agencies to oversee a review of declassification of documents related to 9/11 investigations “, announced the White House on September 3, citing a “promise” the country. Minister of Justice to publish declassified documents “over the next six months”.

It was a request from some of the families of the victims, who have launched a legal battle against Saudi Arabia and other states they accuse of complicity. Until now, successive American governments have always invoked the state secret to not publish certain documents. In a letter made public at the beginning of August, these families, but also survivors of the attacks and members of the rescue teams, had indicated that the Democratic president would not be the “welcome” at the ceremony planned in New York if he does not “did not keep his promise “.

Twenty years ago, on September 11, 2001, attacks killed 2,977 people in the United States © Visactu
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