President Barack Obama and his administration have lobbied against a bill that would release the classified 28-pages of the 9/11 terrorist attack report which details Saudi Arabia’s involvement.
Now, the Senate just sent Obama a strong, unanimous message: We want the documents released, and the American people deserve to know the truth about Islamic terrorism!
This is a big deal:
WASHINGTON — A bill that would expose Saudi Arabia to legal jeopardy for any role in the Sept. 11 attacks passed the Senate unanimously on Tuesday, bringing Congress closer to a showdown with the White House, which has threatened to veto the legislation.
The Senate’s passage of the bill, which will now be taken up in the House, is another sign of escalating tensions in a relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia that once received little scrutiny from lawmakers.
Obama administration officials have lobbied against the bill, and the Saudi government has warned that if the legislation passes it might begin selling off up to $750 billion in Treasury securities and other assets in the United States before they might be in danger of being frozen by American courts. Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi foreign minister, delivered the warning to lawmakers and administration officials while in Washington in March.[…]
Questions about the role Saudi officials might have played in the terror plot have lingered for more than a decade, and families of the Sept. 11 victims have used various lawsuits to try to hold members of the Saudi royal family and charities liable for what they allege is financial support for terrorism. But these moves have been mostly blocked, in part because of a 1976 law that gives foreign nations some immunity from suits in American courts.
It’s clear the Saudis played a major role in harboring, funding, or providing support to some of the terrorists involved in the attack. Victims of the terrorist attack and their families should be able to sue and learn the truth about what really happened.
Now that the bill will move onto the House, it’s clear this is a major defeat for the Obama White House and a win for 9/11 victims.
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