'The 9/11 Report states that “we have found no evidence that the Saudi government as an institution or senior Saudi officials individually funded the organization [al-Qaeda].” The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has used that sentence numerous times defending itself against families of 9/11 victims that are attempting to sue them for financially supporting the 9/11 attacks. 9/11 family member, September Eleventh Advocate, and Jersey girl, Kristen Breitweiser addressed the issue here.
For a long time, the U.S. Government argued that since Saudi Arabia was not on the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism, the 9/11 families couldn’t sue the Kingdom in a court of law. But in 2016, a bill called the “Justice Against Sponsors Of Terrorism Act (JASTA)” was passed allowing 9/11 families to sue, despite the formality. President Obama attempted toveto the bill but his decision was overridden by Congress.
Unfortunately, the United States’ diplomatic and legal protection of Saudi Arabia over its role in the 9/11 attacks has a long history that precedes President Obama’s veto and continues long after. This has been covered extensively by both advocates and by the family members of those killed in the attacks.
Following a well over a decade of persistence and tireless work, those advocating for clarity and accountability on the Saudi role in the attacks seemed to be getting new traction. The 9/11 Commission had what was called Memoranda For The Record (MFR), which detailed the Commission’s interviews with witnesses. The MFR’s described what questions were asked as well as the answers given.
One of the newly released MFR’s that had been classified for years was that of Prince Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud, the former long-time Saudi Ambassador to the United States. It has long been known that Bandar’s wife, Princess Haifa, sent money to associates of two of the alleged hijackers. When the famous “28 redacted pages” of the Joint Congressional Inquiry’s report was finally released (with 3 pages still redacted and with redactions throughout), it was found that Prince Bandar personally gave money to one of the alleged hijackers’ associates.'
Read more: The US Government Continues To Side With Saudi Arabia Over 9/11 Families
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