Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Saudi Arabia Warning

Saudi Arabia has warned that it will sell off billions in American assets if our Congress passes a bipartisan bill that would allow victims of 9/11 and other terrorist attacks to sue foreign governments.
The Obama administration has applied heavy pressure on Congress to block the bill, and when asked if President Obama would veto the legislation if passed by Congress, a senior administration official said:"Rather than entertain a hypothetical, we believe there needs to be more careful consideration of the potential unintended consequences of its enactment before proceeding with legislation.  We would welcome opportunities to engage with the Congress on that discussion.”

Secretary of State John Kerry warned the legislation could "expose the United States of America to lawsuits and take away our sovereign immunity and create a terrible precedent."

The bill opens the door for families of 9/11 victims to sue foreign states and financial partners of terrorism.  Families of both victims and survivors of the 9/11 attacks filed a lawsuit against the Saudi government, but the suit was thrown out when a federal judge ruled that the kingdom had sovereign immunity.

Former Sen. Bob Graham, the co-chair of the 9/11 congressional inquiry announced on CNN that he’s "outraged but not surprised" by the warning from the Saudi government.

Graham said: "The Saudis have known what they did in 9/11, and they knew that we knew what they did, at least at the highest levels of the U.S. government."

Saudi Arabia has never been formally implicated in the 9/11 attacks and Saudi officials have long denied any involvement.  However, 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi nationals, and Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called “20th hijacker” who pleaded guilty to participating in an al Qaeda conspiracy in connection to the 9/11 attacks, has alleged members of the Saudi royal family supported al Qaeda.

Twenty-eight pages of the 9/11 Commission Report are said to focus on the role of foreign governments in the plot, remain classified.  Saudi officials asked our government to release the redacted pages in 2003, saying it would give them the opportunity to defend themselves against claims of involvement.  But, the Bush administration refused, saying the material would jeopardize their ability to gather intelligence on suspected terrorists.  President Obama had continued to carried on that policy.  However, recently Obama has decided to release that classified information.


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