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S. 1471 (114th): Transparency for the Families of 9/11 Victims and Survivors Act of 2015


The text of the bill below is as of Jun 1, 2015 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.

Summary of this bill

In 2002, after the terrorist attacks of 2001, the House and Senate committees with jurisdiction over the intelligence agencies issued an 832-page report with findings for what went wrong in preventing the attacks and recommendations for ways to bolster national security. However, 28 pages were deemed classified by President George W. Bush for national security reasons, available only for members of Congress and a few select others to read. A bill sponsored by presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), the Transparency for the Families of 9/11 Victims and Survivors Act, would declassify those pages and release them to the public.

While nobody who has read the 28 pages can ...


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114th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1471

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 1, 2015

(for himself, Mr. Wyden, and Mrs. Gillibrand) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Select Committee on Intelligence

A BILL

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.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Transparency for the Families of 9/11 Victims and Survivors Act of 2015.

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.