In an executive order, President Biden instructed the declassification and release of documents related to the FBI’s investigation into the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. We’re tracking the releases here and will continue to update this post as new documents become public.
Terrorism Trials & Investigations
Terrorism is increasingly complicating the traditional dichotomy between criminal conduct and acts of war. More than ever, policymakers, legal scholars and the public are debating the appropriate roles for civil and military actors in investigating and prosecuting terrorists and terrorism. Today, the United States continues to grapple with a range of dilemmas, from the proper forum for prosecution to the extent of the rights accused. Should accused terrorists be tried by a civilian jury or military commission? Should they be read their Miranda rights? Should their defense attorneys be permitted to review the evidence against their clients?