Congress has finally passed a bill that will now allow the families of the victims of September 11th sue the Saudi Arabian government over the attacks that left almost 3,000 Americans dead fifteen years ago.
The bill was bipartisan and passed on Friday which was just two days before the annual anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Congressional leaders called it a moral imperative to allow the families to seek justice. However, White House officials have made it clear they intend to veto the bill.
Saudi Arabia has denied since the very beginning any culpability in the terrorist attacks and also denounced any so called links between intelligence operatives and the government and the Al Qaeda attacks. Then again, this is a country that doesn’t let women drive so their opinion doesn’t count for much.
Opponents of the bill alleged this will strain relations with Saudi Arabia which could potentially lead to retaliatory laws that specifically target American citizens and corporations. Allegedly in April Saudi Arabia told DC that they would retaliate economically if the bill passed.
The Saudi Arabian foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir said the country would sell upwards of $750bn in treasury securities as well as other assets inside the US prior to them being frozen by American courts.
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Despite this push back, the passing of the bill received applause in House Chambers. Showing it does have support somewhere. In a place where almost no one can agree no less.
When 9/11 happened it was eventually revealed that of the nineteen men who hijacked the four planes that went down fifteen of them were Saudi Arabian citizens. But Riyadh always denied any culpability and responsibility. Pretty much par for the course.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said,
“This administration strongly continues to oppose this legislation, and, you know, we’ll obviously begin conversations with the House about it.”
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