Saudi Arabia financed the 9/11 terrorist attacks through a combination of government-funded “philanthropy,” private zakat donations by Saudi royals and elites, and front charities—some of which was funneled through Saudi banks. But Saudi Arabia (and Jordan) has steadfastly resisted lawsuits in the U.S. to force their bankers to disclose documents which will prove their culpability (see here, here, here, and here).
A bipartisan bill aiming to allow such lawsuits to proceed will be reintroduced in Congress shortly by members of New York’s delegation. Litigation should be part of a broad strategy to bankrupt terrorism and its state sponsors.
Here’s the latest from Steve Emerson writing for Newsmax:
9/11 Group Supports Terror Finance Legislation
Thursday, 22 Aug 2013
By Steve Emerson
A petition urging Congress to pass new terror financing legislation is being circulated by a group of 9/11 victims’ families and survivors of the attacks.
Three New York lawmakers plan to introduce the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act when Congress returns after Labor Day. The bill would allow American victims to sue foreign people and entities for financing terrorist attacks. Courts have blocked such claims against Saudis alleged to have aided the 9/11 plot.
It has a bi-partisan group of co-sponsors, including Democrat Charles Schumer in the Senate, Republican House member Peter King and Democrat Jerrold Nadler, all from New York.
While Americans widely support law enforcement actions to prevent terror attacks and curb terror financing, this is at least the third time the bill is being offered.
“No individual or country should be shielded from being held accountable for their role in the most heinous act of terrorism to ever occur in the United States,” Schumer said in announcing a similar 2011 effort. “This bill will send a clear message to Saudi Arabia and other sponsors of terror: if you attack the United States, you will be held accountable. It will also allow the families of the victims of the 9/11 attacks to receive some justice for the losses they experienced on that fateful day.”
The petition drive by 9/11 Families United for Justice Against Terrorism aims to show Congress a broad base of support for the bill…