The U.S. Senate approved a bill “Justice against sponsors of terrorism”, permitting the families of those killed in the September 11 attacks to press lawsuits against Saudi authorities. The White house has assured that Obama will impose on the veto law. Riyadh, however, promised to sell off American debt to $ 750 billion.
The U.S. Senate unanimously adopted a law by which families of the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, can file claims against any representatives of the Saudi authorities who could be involved in the organization of terrorist attacks. The law was named JASTA – “Justice against sponsors of terrorism”. “The victims and the families who have lost loved ones in terrorist attacks, deserve the right to seek justice,” said the Senator from Texas, John cronyn, who was quoted by Al Jazeera.
“The Democrats are very afraid to not be re-elected, so there may be against “their own” President”
The Texas Senator was echoed by the representative of the state of new York in the Senate Chuck Schumer, who also pointed out that the US went to “one step closer to justice for the September 11 attacks”. Schumer urged the House of representatives to vote properly. “The families of the victims said that the law does not allow them to seek justice against those who funded the terrorist attack… JASTA will help these families, and in the future will be a deterrent to other countries who are not averse to using terrorist attacks against Americans,” said Schumer. He added that if Saudi Arabia was not involved in the terrorist attack, then it has nothing to fear, but if involved, they should be held accountable,” the Senator quoted The New York Times.
Obama and the Saudis against the “law of the jungle”
White house press Secretary Joshua Ernest, however, has said that President Barack Obama would veto the bill. “It is hard to imagine that the President will sign it,” – said Ernest. He recalled that earlier, the US administration has already voiced its objection to this bill, which, in its opinion, may cause damage to American interests. As explained by Obama himself, this applies not only to relations with Saudi Arabia. “This is a common problem in the U.S. approach to cooperation with other countries. If we create the opportunity in the United States for the submission of individual claims against foreign governments, and the citizens of other countries will also constantly refer to their courts for actions against the United States,” said the President.
However, Senator Chuck Schumer is confident that Democrats will oppose Obama’s veto.
With the American President, quite naturally, hastened agreed, and Saudi foreign Minister Adel al-jubayr, who on Tuesday evening explained that the objection of his country against the bill based on the principles of international relations. “What makes (the Congress) – it deprives the world of the principle of sovereign immunities, without which the world of international law will become the law of the jungle”, – said the politician.
We will remind, earlier the government of Saudi Arabia has already threatened the administration of the President of the United States if approved by Congress, condemnation of the Saudi authorities of involvement in the terrorist attacks to sell the assets of the Kingdom in the United States amounting to about $ 750 billion. Schumer called the threats “empty,” adding that “it will cause them more harm than us.” Agree with him and many economists, points out The NYT.
Al Jazeera reminded that 15 of the 19 suicide hijackers who carried out the attack were citizens of Saudi Arabia. The Commission of the U.S. government in the case of the terrorist attack of September 11 in the report for 2003 said: there is no evidence that Saudi Arabia funded al-Qaeda. Last year, a U.S. judge has already rejected the claims of families of victims of the terrorist attack against Saudi Arabia, which accused the country in material support to al-Qaeda. So, the district judge George Daniels in Manhattan (new York) said that Saudi Arabia has sovereign immunity against claims for damages from the families of the nearly 3,000 killed in the attacks, as well as insurers that covered losses suffered by owners of premises and businesses.
28 secret pages
The role of Saudi officials in the events of September 11 has been discussed for more than ten years. The families of the victims have already passed through a large number of trials, to summon the members of the Royal family of Saudi Arabia to justice, but all their attempts were blocked by a law adopted in 1976, and giving foreign States immunity against lawsuits in us courts.
The Senate bill makes an exception for countries found guilty of terrorist attacks that have killed American citizens within the United States, said The NYT. The newspaper believes that the bill will be another note at the escalation of tensions between the United States and Saudi Arabia.
It should also be recalled that in March a US court has ordered Iran to pay the insurance companies and the relatives of the victims of the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, 10.5 billion dollars. Later, the U.S. Supreme court rejected the Central Bank of Iran to return $ 2 billion of frozen Iranian assets, the court decided to send the money to the families of the Americans killed in the attacks, which involved Iran.
13 April, the media reported that Barack Obama decides to declassify the documents, which may indicate the involvement of Saudi Arabia to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, within 60 days. Before it became known that the White house decides whether to reveal the contents of the so-called “28 pages”. The investigation on the results of the attack contained more than 800 pages and interviews with hundreds of witnesses, but this last Chapter was kept secret for 13 years.
Experts believe that we need to declassify the documents before Obama will visit Saudi Arabia on April 21. Last month the co-chairs of the Commission, Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, said that the 28 pages “based almost exclusively on raw, untested materials, which were in the FBI”, so most of this reading is unconvincing: “the Accusations of complicity in mass murder from the responsible authorities presented a serious question. They should be treated with caution”, – said the co-chairs.
It is also noted that the last Chapter was kept secret due to the fact that the then administration of U.S. President George W. Bush did not want to spoil relations with the Saudis.
“The Saudis are losing their position “special friend”
Direct prohibition to sue countries whose guilt has not been established, was “dedicated allies of the United States,” – said in an interview with the newspaper VIEW political scientist, americanist Dmitry Drobnicki. Thus, “the vote in the Senate shows that the cooling between the US and Saudi Arabia have reached a turning point,” – said the expert, noting that the process still be long, but it is already running.
A long period of disagreements between the US and Saudi Arabia led to the fact that the latter “loses its position special friend,” – said the expert. He explained that the reasons for that were unclear and the situation with human rights in Saudi Arabia, the treatment of women, absolute monarchy, and, finally, “a vast array of facts about the promotion of extremism and terrorism” – said the analyst. However, the fact that “Saudi Arabia is a sponsor of international terrorism, openly say, of course, not in a year or two”, he added.
The policy applying for the post of President of the United States (infographic) “the Last high-ranking friends the Saudis, Hillary Clinton and her camp. They took the money. And now the Saudis will throw everything at Clinton, will try to rectify the situation the only way available to them – money and some crooked ways to help Hillary to win the election – approx. OPINION)”, – explained the expert.
“Democrats may oppose their own President”
With a warning democratic Senator Chuck Schumer about the fact that the congressmen from the Democratic party unable to oppose the veto “their” President, the expert considers very seriously.
Obama, true to its allied commitments and the 2012 Treaty with the family of Clinton, who then supported him unconditionally, will naturally be “in every way to put obstacles in the way of this bill. To overcome his veto you need two thirds in both houses,” – said the expert. He recalled that the House of representatives are almost completely controlled by the Republicans, in the Senate the Republicans the same majority, but a weak – six more votes.
When a democratic President vetoes, it is expected that the senators, according to the party line, withdraw my previous opinion, and follow international policy of the President. But now is not the circumstances pointed out by Drobnicki. In addition to the discontent of the people, the coming elections to the Senate, and the Democrats really want to return there myself the most.
In addition, the coming presidential election, where the topic of foreign policy and Saudi Arabia in the presence of Donald trump won’t go unnoticed. “He (trump) will tell about the relationship of Saudis with Hillary all we will hear is that we never dreamed of,” added the analyst. Of course, Democrats are very much afraid to be nepereinami, so of course they can act against its own President, on the basis that they will wait for the voters,” – said the expert. He added that the veto would be a great step for the outgoing President.
“The election of a democratic President under threat”
Warnings Saudi Arabia on the occasion of sales of securities and look like a pre-emptive move, and as a threat, says Drobnicki. If US citizens will sue, and the courts – at least partially accept the responsible of the Saudis, Saudi Arabia will immediately be penalties imposed multi-million (or hundreds of millions, in the case of a class action).
“There will also be taken of the interim measure – take and arresting securities. Therefore, Riyadh said that the whole thing began, we take those securities and we will sell” – said Drobnicki. “However, the massive selling of such securities could depreciate,” said the expert.
In fact, for the United States in terms of numbers, this threat is insignificant, no economy will collapse, the dollar will no longer be the world currency, said the analyst. “But psychologically it can shake the market, to cause turbulence therein, and any turbulence will now lead to the fact that the relatively positive economic dynamics may result in certain economic collapse in the autumn, and it may very badly affect the election of the democratic candidate. A bad economy is what has always won the presidency-Republicans,” – said the expert.Related posts: