Executive Order 14040: Declassification Reviews of Certain Documents Concerning the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001 [open pdf - 200KB]
Alternate Title: EO 14040: Declassification Reviews of Certain Documents Concerning the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001
From the Document: "Many Americans continue to seek full accountability for the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001 (9/11), including 9/11 survivors and victims' family members. As the 20th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the American people deserve to have a fuller picture of what their Government knows about those attacks. Although the indiscriminate release of classified information could jeopardize the national security--including the United States Government's efforts to protect against future acts of terrorism--information should not remain classified when the public interest in disclosure outweighs any damage to the national security that might reasonably be expected from disclosure. The significant events in question occurred two decades ago or longer, and they concern a tragic moment that continues to resonate in American history and in the lives of so many Americans. It is therefore critical to ensure that the United States Government maximizes transparency, relying on classification only when narrowly tailored and necessary. Thus, information collected and generated in the United States Government's investigation of the 9/11 terrorist attacks should now be disclosed, except when the strongest possible reasons counsel otherwise."
Executive Order 14040; EO 14040
Federal Register: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?collectionCode=FR
Federal Register (September 9, 2021), v.86 no.172, p.50439-50441