Some of the families of the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks are trying to sue the Saudi government and a Saudi charity for their possible role in the attacks. The families are also running into a brick wall.
A federal judge just rejected their attempt at suing the Saudi Arabian government, which would face civil charges for supporting the terrorists involved in the attacks. This was the second time this claim was rejected by the courts.
It has long been held by some that the Saudi government was involved in the 9/11 attacks, especially in the financing. Osama bin Laden was from Saudi Arabia originally and 15 of the 19 hijackers were from there. This by itself does not automatically implicate the government in Saudi Arabia, but it also doesn’t help the case.
In a 2002 Senate report on the 9/11 attacks, there were 28 pages redacted for classified information. Since that time, the secrecy of the report has been called into question, including by members of Congress.
Former Florida Senator Bob Graham claims that the documents show that Saudi Arabia was the principle financier of the attacks. This, of course, would present a problem for the U.S. government, which considers the Saudis a staunch ally.
The recent ruling by U.S. District Judge George Daniels said that Saudi Arabia has sovereign immunity from civil claims.
It is easy to say that the some of the families are just looking to collect money with a lawsuit, but I believe they are trying to get at least some of the truth exposed. If there were some kind of a trial or hearing, then perhaps more evidence would come out. It would also bring more publicity to what is happening.
If it weren’t for the internet, would anyone but a few thousand people even be aware that some of the families are attempting to sue the Saudi government for possible support of the 9/11 attacks? The mainstream media isn’t going to volunteer this sort of information, unless they feel compelled to do so.
Even though the event took place more than 14 years ago, it is still fresh in many people’s minds. You can imagine it is fresh in the minds of the families of the victims still looking for answers.
Conspiracy Theories and Our War on Terror
It is easy for critics to quickly yell out “conspiracy theory” anytime anyone questions the official story of 9/11. But whether you think it is conspiracy or not, it is more than reasonable to question who financed the operations of the attackers.
What is in the 28 pages of documents that are redacted? Why are they so secret? If these documents were revealed, would they really do anything to jeopardize the investigation of the attacks? It is highly doubtful, especially after 14 years.
If the Saudi government becomes a possible player in the 9/11 attacks, this all of a sudden would open up everything. What else don’t we know about the 9/11 attacks?
The U.S. government was quick to invade Afghanistan because it supposedly harbored the terrorists. This is despite the fact that the U.S. was already harboring all of the terrorists on the day of the attacks. These were not international flights.
But even if the Afghan government was doing nothing about terrorist cells in the country, there is no evidence that the government was actually supporting the terrorists. If Saudi Arabia was actually financing the terrorists, then this is far worse than anything the Afghan government did.
Meanwhile, the Saudi government is a close ally of the U.S. government in its war on terror. The U.S. helps the Saudi government in many ways, most of all militarily. If the U.S. government did not support the Saudi government, the House of Saud would probably fall.
If it came out that the Saudis helped finance the terrorist attacks, it would really call into question the whole war on terror.
From a financial standpoint, the whole war on terror is statistically ridiculous. The government has spent trillions of dollars over the last 14 years if you include all of the wars fought. This is because about 3,000 people died on one day. An American is hundreds of times more likely to die from a car accident or heart disease than any terrorist attack.
Despite the statistical ridiculousness of the numbers, it is an emotional issue. The attacks understandably impacted people’s emotions when it happened. Americans felt violated.
But if Americans find out that the Saudis financed the terrorist attacks and the U.S. government has known about it while continuing to fund Saudi Arabia, this is going to call into question the whole legitimacy of the war on terror and the U.S. government.
In other words, if there is anything to hide, it is easily understandable why the U.S. government would want to keep it hidden. We don’t know if this recent decision by a U.S. judge was based on politics, but the establishment would not want a suit like this to go forward if there is anything to hide.