Persistence Finally Leads to Favorable Court Ruling
Breaking news! In the longstanding 9/11 families’ law suits against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and related entities, the Saudis moved a second time for dismissal from the case. The motion was heard in the Southern District Court of NY by Judge Daniels, who had previously ruled in their favor a few years before. However, with the declassification of the 28 pages from the Congressional Joint Inquiry on 9/11, and passage of the Justice For Sponsors Against Terrorism Act (JASTA), an entirely new reality has emerged. On Wednesday March 27th, Judge Daniels ruled to deny the motion to dismiss. This is unprecedented and another historic development as momentum has mounted in favor of the 9/11 families.
Next, the cases move forward to the discovery stage, which is exactly what the Saudi government had wanted to avoid at all costs. As a result, there is just no telling what will transpire.
“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. )
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. See full article with Reuters link here. Please spread the word.
There is new information on our intelligence agencies failures prior to 9/11, the policy behind what Edward Snowden revealed about the NSA’s warrant-less spying on all Americans, and an upcoming Congressional vote on whether to upend the Fourth Amendment and make spying legal and permanent.
Activists in support of JASTA were present in Washington, D.C., for the inauguration of President Trump as well as the Women’s March on Washington. Tens of thousands of people across the political spectrum saw the banners and at least a few thousand received literature.