Reprinted from www.huffingtonpost.com
On Saturday, Mark Mazzetti wrote an article that appears on the front page of the New York Times called, "Saudis Tell U.S. To Back Off Bill On 9/11 Lawsuits."
The shocking title alone should make American citizens sit up and take notice. When did the U.S. government start taking orders from foreign nations? Did I miss something? Have we become a foreign territory of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia? Did Saudi Arabia somehow become a branch of the U.S. government with sway over the President, Congress, and the Judiciary?
Mazzetti also summarizes the Obama Administration's decision to support the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia over the 9/11 families' right for justice and accountability for the 9/11 attacks.
The Saudis get such royal, preferential treatment because they've stomped their feet, threatened to pull all their money out of the U.S. economy and bankrupt the world if not given their way. As ridiculous as that threat sounds, the Obama administration is apparently very scared by it.
At a time when most can't get Washington to agree on much of anything, the 9/11 families have been able to gather Members of Congress -- both Democrats and Republicans, and as polar opposite as Al Franken and Ted Cruz -- to work together on a vital piece of legislation called Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism (JASTA). Quite a feat. But then again, 9/11 has the unique ability to unite almost everyone together under that one broad undeniable theme: being a true American.
JASTA removes the protection of the FSIA from any nation (regardless of their status as an ally or named state sponsor of terrorism) that participates in a terrorist attack when the terrorist attack is perpetrated on U.S. soil. JASTA makes clear that U.S. citizens remain the priority not foreign nations that fund terror.
Specifically, JASTA removes the Saudi's use of the FSIA as a shield of immunity -- allowing them to be brought to court to finally answer charges for their alleged role in the 9/11 attacks.
Clearly, the Saudi's are deeply concerned about JASTA since it would mean all the incriminating evidence gathered against them and their alleged role in the 9/11 attacks would finally be revealed and presented in an open court of law -- nearly 15 years after the crime was committed. Indeed, many who have seen this evidence have commented that Americans will find the information "shocking" and that the "revelations will require a complete re-appraisal of the U.S./Saudi relationship."
It is bad enough that Wall Street tycoons got off the hook in 2008 because they were "too big to fail."
But, to re-victimize the 9/11 families in order to protect the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia because they are "too invested in the U.S. economy to be held accountable" is appalling.
It is extortion -- plain and simple.