URGING THE RELEASE OF INFORMATION REGARDING THE SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, TERRORIST ATTACKS UPON THE UNITED STATES; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 159
(Senate - September 26, 2018)

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  URGING THE RELEASE OF INFORMATION REGARDING THE SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, 
                TERRORIST ATTACKS UPON THE UNITED STATES

  Mr. BLUMENTHAL. Mr. President, shortly, I will move for unanimous 
consent to pass S. Res. 610, urging the release of information 
regarding the September 11 terrorist attacks upon the United States. It 
is a bipartisan resolution, and I thank the cosponsors who joined me in 
this historic effort: Senators Cornyn, Schumer, Gillibrand, Murphy, 
Menendez, Grassley, Markey, Booker, Rubio, and Sanders. At a time of 
very deep division in our country and in this body, all of us are still 
able to come together to help the survivors and families of the 
horrific September 11 terrorist attack as they seek justice and 
fairness to deter additional and ongoing state sponsorship of terror.
  Following our successful efforts in 2016 to enact the Justice Against 
Sponsors of Terrorism Act, also known as JASTA, the families of 9/11 
victims who perished earned the right to have their day in court. We 
thought that day would come quickly and they would receive justice. We 
believe they also earned a right to the necessary

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Federal Government archive investigative files on the al-Qaida 
terrorists and foreign nationals who may have assisted. As much as we 
expected justice, the Federal Government denied them those records and 
documents that are vital to their cause.
  So 17 years after this national tragedy, the appropriate 
declassification releasing these documents poses no threat to our 
national security, and there is no reason for the Federal Government to 
resist their requests. These files have been kept secret for too long. 
That secrecy contradicts the national interest. Their cause serves our 
national security, not only because it gives them justice individually, 
but it also deters terrorists in the future. Denying them access to 
this important evidence is unjust, unfair, and unwise.
  The U.S. Government should make public any evidence of links between 
the Saudi Arabian Government officials and the support network inside 
the United States used to aid and abet the 9/11 hijackers. The legal 
and moral responsibility of our government is to provide its citizens 
with all available information regarding this horrific tragedy on 
September 11, 2001, particularly where there may be evidence that 
foreign nationals conspired within our borders to support terror with 
the assistance of foreign governments.
  This resolution would never have been possible without the efforts of 
my constituent Brett Eagleson, of Middletown, CT. He was 15 years old 
when his father Bruce was lost to him in that massive, unspeakable 
destruction. He was on the 17th floor of Tower 2 of the World Trade 
Center. Brett was joined in his advocacy and efforts by members across 
the country of the 9/11 Families and Survivors United for Justice 
Against Terrorism. That group is a profile in courage, reliving the 
pain and anguish of those days in their efforts to seek justice for all 
Americans. They include a number of individuals whose names I wish to 
place in the Record: Mary Fetchet of New Cannan, who lost her son; 
Gordon Haberman of Wisconsin, who lost his daughter; Carol Ashley of 
Long Island, who lost her daughter; Tim Frolich, a survivor from New 
York City; Sharon Premoli, a survivor from Vermont; Loreen Sellitto 
from Florida, who lost her son; and Charles Wolf of New York City, who 
lost his wife. I thank each of them and the many others who supported 
this effort for their courage and strength.
  There are so many we honor today by our passage of this sense-of-the-
Senate resolution. This Senate resolution is itself succinct but 
significant. It resolves that it is the sense of the Senate that 
documents related to the events of September 11, 2001, should be 
declassified to the greatest extent possible; and, two, that the 
survivors, the families of the victims, and the people of the United 
States deserve answers about the events and circumstances surrounding 
the September 11 terrorist attack upon the United States.
  Many years later, the pain and grief they endure on that horrific day 
is still with them. Each year in Connecticut we commemorate this day, 
and we will never forget. That is our resolve--never to forget, never 
to yield to hopelessness, never to allow our support for these families 
to diminish.
  This sense-of-the-Senate resolution makes real the promise the Nation 
made to these 9/11 families. They deserve this evidence. Even if it is 
embarrassing to foreign governments or foreign nationals, they deserve 
justice.
  Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the Committee on Homeland 
Security and Governmental Affairs be discharged from further 
consideration of S. Res. 610 and the Senate proceed to its immediate 
consideration.
  The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered.
  The clerk will report the resolution by title.
  The senior assistant legislative clerk read as follows:

       A resolution (S. Res. 610) urging the release of 
     information regarding the September 11, 2001, terrorist 
     attacks upon the United States.

  There being no objection, the Senate proceeded to consider the 
resolution.
  Mr. BLUMENTHAL. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the 
resolution be agreed to, the preamble be agreed to, and the motions to 
reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table with no 
intervening action or debate.
  The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered.
  The resolution (S. Res. 610) was agreed to.
  The preamble was agreed to.
  (The resolution, with its preamble, is printed in the Record of 
August 21, 2018, under ``Submitted Resolutions.'')
  Mr. BLUMENTHAL. Mr. President, I yield the floor.
  I suggest the absence of a quorum.
  The PRESIDING OFFICER. The clerk will call the roll.
  The senior assistant legislative clerk proceeded to call the roll.

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