Arabia Coerces US Over 9/11
Saudi Arabia is threatening to financially punish
the U.S. if it holds the kingdom to account for its
9/11 role, coercion that hovers over President
Obama’s new visit to the Saudi “allies” and that
9/11 widow Kristen Breitweiser condemns.
By Kristen Breitweiser
April 18, 2016
On Saturday, Mark Mazzetti wrote an article that
appears on the front page of the New York Times
“Saudis Tell U.S. To Back Off Bill On 9/11
Lawsuits.” The shocking title alone should
make American citizens sit up and take notice.
the U.S. government start taking orders from foreign
nations? Did I miss something? Have we become a
foreign territory of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia?
Did Saudi Arabia somehow become a branch of the U.S.
government with sway over the President, Congress,
and the Judiciary?
documents disturbing details that reveal a U.S.
government not just taking and carrying out Saudi
orders, but a U.S. President being brought to his
knees by Saudi extortion. Mazzetti also summarizes
the Obama Administration’s decision to support the
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia over the 9/11 families’
right for justice and accountability for the 9/11
get such royal, preferential treatment because
they’ve stomped their feet, threatened to pull all
their money out of the U.S. economy and bankrupt the
world if not given their way. As ridiculous as that
threat sounds, the Obama administration is
apparently very scared by it.
the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been dismissed from
the 9/11 families’ lawsuit via their Foreign
Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) protections. As a
result, the court has yet to have the opportunity to
see the evidence against the Kingdom with regard to
their alleged role of financing the 9/11 attacks.
This sets a
dangerous precedent since it means that as long as a
foreign nation is not listed as a “known state
sponsor of terrorism,” they are completely immune
from being held accountable for any bad behavior or
illegal acts they perpetrate inside the U.S. — yes,
even the mass murder of 3,000 people on 9/11.
to say, this isn’t your typical young Saudi prince
getting a parking ticket for his gold
Lamborghini. This is the Saudis getting a
pass for funding mass murder — with the blessings of
the U.S Government.
At a time
when most can’t get Washington to agree on much of
anything, the 9/11 families have been able to gather
Members of Congress — both Democrats and
Republicans, and as polar opposite as Al Franken and
Ted Cruz — to work together on a vital piece of
Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism (JASTA).
Quite a feat. But then again, 9/11 has the unique
ability to unite almost everyone together under that
one broad undeniable theme: being a true American.
removes the protection of the FSIA from any nation
(regardless of their status as an ally or named
state sponsor of terrorism) that participates in a
terrorist attack when the terrorist attack is
perpetrated on U.S. soil. JASTA makes clear that
U.S. citizens remain the priority not foreign
nations that fund terror. Specifically, JASTA
removes the Saudis’ use of the FSIA as a shield of
immunity — allowing them to be brought to court to
finally answer charges for their alleged role in the
the Saudis are deeply concerned about JASTA since it
would mean all the incriminating evidence gathered
against them and their alleged role in the 9/11
attacks would finally be revealed and presented in
an open court of law — nearly 15 years after the
crime was committed. Indeed, many who have seen this
evidence have commented that Americans will find the
information “shocking” and that the “revelations
will require a complete re-appraisal of the
this vital information be kept from the 9/11
families and the American public by President Obama?
Why should evidence of the mass murder of 3,000
people be kept out of a court of law? Why does the
Obama White House oppose holding the Kingdom of
Saudi Arabia accountable for their funding of
terrorist acts, including the terrorist attacks of
9/11? Why isn’t the U.S. government protecting the
rights of the U.S. victims of terrorist attacks?
It is bad
Wall Street tycoons got off the hook in 2008
because they were “too big to fail.” But, to
re-victimize the 9/11 families in order to protect
the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia because they are “too
invested in the U.S. economy to be held accountable”
is appalling. It is extortion — plain and simple.
to understand why the U.S. government led by
President Obama would so willingly drop to its knees
and bare its neck to the shiny sword of Saudi
extortion. What has become of our country?
needs elected officials and leaders who recognize
that U.S. citizens are their constituents — not
oil-rich nations that bankroll terrorists. America
needs to send a clarion message to the world — if
you murder our citizens, you will answer for it. And
America should never succumb to extortion by
Are we to
do away and dispense with all laws and
accountability everywhere leaving us with a sort of
Wild West environment where murder by the wealthy is
OK, and rule of law is secondary to greed and power?
upon every member of Congress and all presidential
candidates to endorse JASTA and to publicly rebuke
such Saudi extortion. And we ask President Obama, to
ignore the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s undue influence
and extortion attempts by passing JASTA now.
Breitweiser is a 9/11 widow and activist who –
working with other 9/11 widows known collectively as
the “Jersey Girls” – pressured the U.S. government
to conduct a formal investigation into the terror
attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Follow Kristen
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