The Next Phase Begins For 9/11 Law Suits
(March 24, 2017) News flash! With the release of the 28 pages and passage of JASTA, on Monday, March 20th, the next phase of 9/11 law suits has now begun. A new suit against entities in Saudi Arabia representing 850 9/11 family members has been filed. See mainstream coverage at CNN, and USATODAY.
This is happening despite the ongoing campaign by Saudi Arabia to get the JASTA bill amended to remove the JASTA provision lifting sovereign immunity and place them beyond the reach of discovery in court. The Saudis are obviously very nervous about withstanding the legal scrutiny that is awaiting them. They’ve spent millions among more than a dozen PR firms and are currently spending $1.3 million per month to enhance their image among the U.S. public and its government, and to effectively render JASTA irrelevant. In recent months they’ve gone to extreme lengths by actually sending some military vets on expense-paid trips and tricking them into influencing members of Congress to support an amendment being proposed by Sen. John McCain and Lindsey Graham diluting the legislation. See for yourself at http://nypost.com/2017/03/05/vets-say-they-were-duped-into-helping-saudi-arabia-dodge-payouts-to-911-victims/.
We can safely assume there are other entities who are also worried about what could be revealed as the cases move forward. Since Spring of 2016, opposition to the release of the 28 pages as well as passage of JASTA by the Obama administration and high level security state officials is a key indicator. The influence of the “Deep State” is clearly visible.
Now the unfolding of the drama will take place at a new, elevated level. This is the stage that has been sought after for many years by 9/11 family members and justice advocates. A significant aspect of the 9/11 attacks which has been in litigation since 2002, has spent years in limbo due to legal maneuvering by the Saudis and suppression of evidence, is finally moving forward. The 9/11 families and their legal teams have been compiling evidence and building their case quietly in the background all along.
“Bill Doyle, a former New Yorker who retired to Florida, lost his son, Joseph “Joey’’ Doyle, in the World Trade Center. Doyle served as database and communications coordinator for Strada’s group, helping find other 9/11 families around the country to lobby Congress. He said “whistleblowers from all over the world’’ have provided information that can be used to prove Saudi involvement in the 2001 attacks.” (Full USATODAY article. )
As a result, there is just no telling what will transpire. There’s reason to believe it will be historic, there will be headline level coverage, there will be a continued necessity for vigilance, and continued opportunity for activists to establish a substantial political constituency calling for full spectrum justice for 9/11. Doing so will clear the way for progress for all social movements working for peace, functional democracy, and all areas of justice here and abroad. Please spread the word.
Activists in support of JASTA were present in Washington, D.C., for the presidential inauguration on Jan. 20th as well as the Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21st. Tens of thousands of people across the political spectrum saw the banners and at least a few thousand received literature.
Victory! JASTA veto over ridden!
Jan. 18, 2017
The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), unanimously passed the House in May, 2016, then passed the Senate in September 2016. However, it was vetoed by Pres. Obama over fears the U.S. servicemen and officials would be the focus of legal actions from abroad. Nevertheless, it was brought to a roll call vote on Sept. 28, 2016 and passed by a wide margin, granting Obama his first veto over ride just months before the end of his presidency.
The Senate voted 97 for, 1 against, with 2 abstaining. The House voted 348 for, 77 against, 1 Present, and 2 No Votes. For a full list of how our representatives voted, click here.
This historic development came as a result of years of hard work by 9/11 family members, efforts by key legislators, and support from the general public informing their elected officials that they want them to stand for 9/11 transparency and justice.
From Families of 9/11 victims deserve to know the truth, hold Saudi Arabia accountable
“It’s been a completely grueling process. There have been a million steps. This is a fabulous step to have the full override of the veto,” Lorie Van Auken, who lost her husband in the attacks, told the Daily News shortly after the vote.
“I’m glad it’s over,” said Monica Gabrielle, who also lost her husband. “It’s not done, it’s just another step.”
Absolutely right. It’s another step. The 9/11 families seriously want their day in court, which they now will have the ability to proceed with. Now with the 28 pages declassified, albeit with redactions, and JASTA being law, there is plenty to look forward to as the 9/11 family’s legal teams push forward with the “discovery” process and submit evidence that will further make their case. The legal process will also result in more push-back from Saudi Arabia and other entities who get exposed, and military policy makers who appear to be in a panic over the prospects of being held to account for their actions abroad. This story has a long life ahead.
Secret 28 Pages Released July 15th – Redactions Included
Download the 28 pages here.
July 17, 2016
After many years of pressure building from legislators, 9/11 family members, and even mainstream media, the secret 28 pages from the Congressional Joint Inquiry on 9/11 were declassified and released to the public. Here are some important links to learn what has taken place:
Analysis by the Jersey widows.
Article from USA Today.
Article from New York Times.
Article from ZeroHedge.
The central point for all who desire full clarity on the many aspects of the 9/11 events, the release of the 28 pages is a beginning. Consider the words of Bob Graham in a recent CNN interview:
Former Senator Bob Graham, who chaired the committee that carried out the investigation and has been pushing the White House to release the pages, said Thursday he was “very pleased” by the news. “It is going to increase the questioning of the Saudis’ role supporting the hijackers,” Graham told CNN. “I think of this almost as the 28 pages are sort of the cork in the wine bottle. And once it’s out, hopefully the rest of the wine itself will start to pour out.”
Additionally, Congressmen Walter Jones, Thomas Massie, and Steven Lynch made it clear at the July 6th press conference in front of the Capitol, that there is farther to go. Lynch even said that “the 28 pages will answer some questions, but they will create thousands more questions“.
The release does contain redactions. We’ll need to know why. However, there is ample material which verifies claims of those who’ve read the pages that they contain details about Saudi agents with links to Prince Bandar, caretaking of 2 of the 19 accused as hijackers, flows of funds to them from Saudi officials and charities, and more.
What now? This is a milestone, but still a stepping stone. Read “Reacting to the Release of the 28 Pages” to learn why.
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NOTE: The site is updated to reflect the release of the 28 pages on July 15, 2016, passage of JASTA, and the way forward.