RFK Jr. pledges to open files on 9/11 massacre

Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on Friday said he “won’t take sides” on 9/11 conspiracy theories and vowed that if he wins in November, he’ll push for more transparency on the terror attack. 

Mr. Kennedy’s promise came after a recent “60 Minutes” segment where speculation was again raised whether anyone in the Saudi Arabian government had prior knowledge of the attack. Posting on X, he said the CBS report motivated him to comment on the 2001 slaughter. 

“My take on 9/11: It’s hard to tell what is a conspiracy theory and what isn’t. But conspiracy theories flourish when the government routinely lies to the public,” Mr. Kennedy said. “As president, I won’t take sides on 9/11 or any of the other debates. But I can promise that I will open the files and usher in a new era of transparency.”

The “60 Minutes” segment included a video recently unsealed in federal court as part of a lawsuit by the families of 9/11 victims against the Saudi government. 

The video shows Omar al-Bayoumi, who the FBI believed was a Saudi intelligence operative with ties to two of the 9/11 hijackers, standing outside the Capitol in 1999, referencing a “plan.” 

The FBI said the video was taken around the time the targets of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, were being chosen. The families involved in the lawsuit have urged President Biden and former President Donald Trump to address the video. 

Mr. Kennedy dug into the lack of transparency shown by the government, arguing that he would open the way if elected. 

“Speculation about what our government may be covering up is rife outside the mainstream of our political culture,” Mr. Kennedy said. “Trust in government is at an all-time low. The way to restore that trust is through honesty and transparency.”

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