Hundreds of 9/11 Victims File Lawsuit Against Saudi Arabia

Miranda GreerMar 25, 2017

Most of the lawsuits that have been filed under the law have been on behalf of those affected by the attacks.

In total 2,977 innocent victims were killed.

The plaintiffs' filing in federal court followed a vote in Congress last September to override President Barack Obama's veto of legislation that allowed 9/11 victims' families to sue Saudi Arabia.

Of the 19 hijackers who carried out the most deadly terror attack in modern history, 15 were Saudi nationals and three had previously worked for the kingdom.

Lawmakers overrode a veto from then-President Barack Obama, who argued that the law would expose USA. companies, troops and officials to lawsuits in other countries and could anger allies.

"Saudi Arabia was duplicitous", it said.

Former President Barack ObamaBarack Obama9/11 victims suing Saudi Arabia: report THE MEMO: Five takeaways from Comey's big day FBI investigating Trump-Russia ties MORE vetoed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) last September, arguing it would undermine sovereign immunity. It was initially vetoed by President Obama, who said it could hurt USA partnerships around the world.

Neither the Saudi Arabian embassies in NY or in Washington, DC returned messages.

The day after Obama's veto was overridden, some GOP lawmakers who pushed the bill into law began to express concern about the potential USA legal backlash, referring to it as an "unintended consequence" of the law - even though Obama's administration had repeatedly raised alarm about that possibility. According to an email thread between Hillary Clinton and chief of staff John Podesta, Saudi Arabia has served as a "financial" and "logistic" backer of Daesh, so the notion that the Saudi Arabian government supported Al Qaeda does not seem to fall outside the realm of possibility.

"As a result, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is liable to plaintiffs for all damages resulting in the injuries and deaths in the September 11th attacks", the suit added.

The 9/11 Commission report found "no evidence that the Saudi government as an institution or senior Saudi officials individually funded" the attacks. "There was a pattern of support and sympathy for al-Qaeda".

A USA magistrate judge has ordered the plaintiffs lawyers and Saudi Arabia to appear in court Thursday to find a way to coordinate the multiple cases.

Retired FDNY Fire Chief James Riches, who responded to Ground Zero and lost his firefighter son to the September 11 attacks, explained the importance of the suit to answer survivors' questions.

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