On June 1, 2015, Senator Rand Paul (R, KY) introduced Senate Bill 1471, the Transparency for the Families of 9/11 Victims and Survivors Act. Ron Wyden (D, OR) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D, NY) joined as original cosponsors.
While House Resolution 14 urges the president to declassify 28 pages on foreign government support of the 9/11 hijackers found in the 2002 report of a joint congressional inquiry, S.1471 seeks to require the president to do so.
S.1471 Cosponsors (2) in the order they joined the bill:
- Ron Wyden (D, OR)
- Kirsten Gillibrand (D, NY)
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
June 1, 2015
Mr. Paul (for himself, Mr. Wyden, and Mrs. Gillibrand) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Select Committee on Intelligence
To require declassification of certain redacted information from the Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 2001 and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the “Transparency for the Families of 9/ 11 Victims and Survivors Act of 2015”.
SEC. 2. DECLASSIFICATION AND PUBLIC RELEASE OF CERTAIN REDACTED PORTIONS OF THE JOINT INQUIRY INTO INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES BEFORE AND AFTER THE TERRORIST ATTACKS OF SEPTEMBER 2001.
(a) Declassification and Public Release of the Joint Inquiry Into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 2001.–Not later than 60 days after the date of the enactment of this Act and subject to subsection (b), the President shall declassify and release to the public the previously redacted portions of the report on the Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 2001, filed in the Senate and the House of Representatives on December 20, 2002, including all the material under the heading “Part Four– Findings, Discussion and Narrative Regarding Certain Sensitive National Security Matters”.
(b) Exception for Names and Information of Individuals and Certain Methodologies.–Notwithstanding subsection (a), the President is not required to declassify and release to the public the names and identifying information of individuals or specific methodologies described in the report referred to in subsection (a) if such declassification and release would result in imminent lawless action or compromise presently ongoing national security operations.
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