Why Is Obama Protecting Saudi Arabia From 9/11 Lawsuits?

White House will veto bill allowing victims’ families to sue Saudi Arabia for involvement in attacks

In the wake of the release of formerly-classified portions of the 9/11 Report detailing Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the attacks, the Republican-controlled Congress passed legislation allowing U.S. citizens to file lawsuits “against a foreign state or official for injuries, death, or damages from an act of international terrorism.”

“House lawmakers passed the bill by a voice vote under suspension of the rules, about an hour after a solemn ceremony on the Capitol steps to remember the 9/11 attacks,” Roll Call reports.

But Barack Obama opposes the “Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act”, and will veto the bill when it reaches his desk – despite the fact his veto would likely be a futile act.

“The ease with which it cleared the House, combined with the bill’s unanimous passage in the Senate in May, suggests that a presidential veto would likely be overturned,” Roll Call reports.

The bill was spurred by information revealed in 28 previously-redacted pages of the government’s report on the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The report reveals al Qaeda funded the attacks by moving money through banks controlled by the Saudi government.  The extent to which the Saudis knew about the terrorist activity was not determined.

“The 28 pages show that, according to FBI documents, several numbers found in the phone book of Abu Zubaydah, a senior al-Qaida operative captured in Pakistan in March 2002 who is still being detained at Guantánamo Bay, could be linked, at least indirectly, to phone numbers in the US. Among them was a number “subscribed to” by a company in Aspen, Colorado, that managed the residence of the then Saudi ambassador, Bandar bin Sultan,” The Guardian reports.

 

“In addition, according to an FBI document, the phone number of a bodyguard at the Saudi embassy in Washington, “who some have alleged may be a” – several words have been redacted – “was also found in Abu Zubaida’s (sic) possession,” The Guardian reports.

So why is Obama protecting the Saudi government from lawsuits by the 9/11 victims’ families?

For one, some argue the bill could open the United States to counter-suits by foreign nationals for acts committed by the U.S. government.  An international court could argue the passage of the bill forfeits the U.S. government’s right to argue sovereign immunity.

Obama also feels the bill would jeopardize joint U.S.-Saudi efforts to combat terrorism.

The United States is currently supplying the Saudis with equipment and arms to fight  terrorist-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen’s ongoing civil war.

The Obama administration just approved a $1 billion weapons deal with the Saudis.

“The deal would provide Saudi forces with over 150 M1A2 Abrams battle tanks, along with supplies of ammunition and various shipments of small arms, to replace equipment lost in the Yemen war, according to the White House,” The Washington Times reports.

But is that enough to shield the Saudi government from its role in the 9/11 attacks – whether it was intentional or simply negligent?

Congress says no, including Obama’s allies.

“If Saudi Arabia participated in terrorism, of course they should be able to be sued,” says New York Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer, who will become the Senate Democrat leader when Harry Reid retires in January. “This bill would allow a suit to go forward and victims of terrorism to go to court to determine if the Saudi government participated in terrorist acts. If the Saudis did, they should pay a price.”

  • jake hoek

    That’s a new one! Saudi Arabian and Obama fighting terrorism? Barak Hussein is supporting Iran, then the Muslim brotherhood, then the several Sirian rebels fighting Assad? This guy is supporting terrorist anywhere he finds them on US taxpayers dime. Is TREASON still in the dictionary?

    sirian

    • combdyn

      Not for this administration.
      Our Government has been taken over by Muslims!
      When openly criticizing Muslims and/or Islam
      can be prosecuted as a crime, you know our leaders
      in D.C. are working against America and Americans.
      UN-American is what some are, but ANTI-American
      best describes our Government.
      Billions (that we must borrow) given to other countries,
      while our elderly and Veterans can’t get proper care,
      and homeless wander our streets.

    • concern4us

      If you don’t think Obama is supporting terrorism, as we kill off one of their leaders, we see where he releases 9 more from Guantánamo Bay knowing that a portion of them, if not all will joint the fight against American’s!

      • PATRICIA MEAD

        Obama is supporting terrorism because he is a terrorist. He has promoted many terrorist Muslims in the white house and some elected have joined the Muslim religion. Muslims are being used to destroy us because their religion is hatred for America. This is a plan right before our eyes.

  • Evan

    The worthless obama needs to be in prison for
    TREASON against America! What a shame we
    have a Congress that hates America!

    • mizbehaves

      Astounding that more people don’t rise up against Obama. it is like they are all on drugs or believing that “sharing,” like we were taught in kindergarten is the way to govern a country. Let them kill more Americans and the US do nothing and, according to Obama, they’ll see what nice guys and gals we are and give peace a chance. Iran will shut down its reactors and stop deveoping the bomb. We’ll all live happily ever after–but not in this world!

  • rchguns

    There is all kinds of possibilities of why he’s protecting the Saudi’s. One of the big ones is that a Saudi prince paid part of his schooling.

    Then there is the problem that a large percentage of his close advisors are members of the Muslim brotherhood and that more than likely Obama himself is a Muslim. And they must stick together.

    There is also the fact that he’s going to need some place to hide if his coup attempt fails and more than likely he want Saudi Arabia to take him in.

    There’s also the minor problem that homosexuals are put to death in many Muslim countries. Considering that he at one time worked as a male prostitute is probably looking for some way to keep his head. The same is true about Michelle a.k.a. Michael who would also be looking at the death penalty in a Muslim nation.

    More importantly the only way that Obama ever has any friends at all is because he buys them. No one in their right mind would want to class this individual as a friend because if you get too close the slime and the stink could possibly rub off.

  • David Stewart

    Didn’t Sheik Obongo buy a villa in one of those sand piles for his majesty’s retirement? Of course he will veto; those folks are his brothers!

  • 4grands

    The Saudies put Obama thru college…..they own hm.

  • ABBAsFernando

    Reason number one is Obama is a Muslim. Number two Obama is a communist anti-American enemy of the United States Constitution. Number three Obama is controlled by an honest to god Jewish NAZI (George Soros (aka Schwartz-RRB-.

    • PATRICIA MEAD

      Jewish George and the owners of the Federal Reserve Bank are ruling America and have done so for many years. The Jews own the media , the post office, the IRS, Hollywood, the church and the schools and the elected. They financially support only those who will support their agenda. Interestingly, their money finances campaign advertising which all comes back to them (minus the high salary for those lying media broadcasters) because they own all the media. Then the church calls us “Judeo Christians” because they are ruled by the IRS through tax exempt corporate status. The so called private schools are now federal schools because of grants paid by our tax dollars. The Christ hating Muslims are being brought into America in accordance with the Obama/Clinton plan.

      • ABBAsFernando

        I constantly study history in order to determine what to expect in future. Granted this particular Jew George Soros is an honest to God NAZI, not all Jews are as vile. I believe NAZIS continue to exist is secretly going underground at the conclusion of WWII.

        I believe Soros is one of them using NAZI blood money to become so rich. True to Fascist ideology Soros has a God complex.

        When reportedly asked about his time betraying fellow Jews to the NAZIS he answered. “It was the most exhilarating time of my life! ‘

  • ABBAsFernando

    Obama and fellow travelers are communists// Fascists (NAZIS) / Islamists and all like minded individuals. Greedy, selfish, and willing to murder others for personal gain

  • Dick Ellis

    THE REASON FOR THE VETO IS TO PROTECT HIS ALLEGENCE TO THE SAUDI REGEME THAT HE BOWED TO DECLARING HELP AND AID TO HIS COUSINS!

  • solog

    It is obvious who and what his priorities are….and he is doing a pretty good job of it. Peeps better wake up and do something!

  • Arizona Patriot

    The Saudi’s put Obama in our whitehouse.

    • Arizona Patriot

      Obama’s boss…

  • daveveselenak

    Why is it that the sheeple, especially those Leftist useful idiots that are committing political suicide by supporting this Muslim-Marxist jihadist that is successfully waging jihad against “US” as he makes us his caliphate can’t see what is obvious?
    We now have a Muslim government.John Brennan, current
    head of the CIA converted to Islam while
    stationed in Saudi Arabia. Obama’s top adviser,
    Valerie Jarrett, is a Muslim who was born in
    Iran where her parents still live.Hillary Clinton’s top
    adviser, Huma Abedin is a Muslim, whose
    mother and brother are involved in the now outlawed
    Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Assistant Secretary for
    Policy Development for Homeland Security,
    Arif Aikhan, is a Muslim. Homeland Security
    Adviser, Mohammed Elibiary, is a Muslim.
    Obama advisor and founder of the Muslim Public Affairs
    Council, Salam al-Marayati, is a Muslim. Obama’s Sharia Czar,
    Imam Mohamed Magid, of the Islamic Society
    of North America is a Muslim. Advisory Council on
    Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships, Eboo
    Patel, is a Muslim. Nancy Pelosi announced
    she will appoint Rep Andre Carson, D-Ind, as
    the first Muslim lawmaker in the House of
    Representatives Permanent Select Committee on
    Intelligence. It would make Carson the first Muslim to
    serve on the committee that receives intelligence on
    the threat of Islamic militants in the Middle East! He
    has suggested that U.S. schools should be modeled after Islamic
    madrassas, where education is based on the Quran!!! And last but not least,
    Barack the closet Muslim himself, Hussein Obama. It’s questionable if
    Obama ever officially took the oath of office when he was sworn in. He didn’t
    repeat the oath properly to defend our nation and our Constitution.
    Later the Democrats claimed he was given the oath again in
    private. CIA director John Brennan took his oath on a copy of
    the Constitution, not a Bible. Congressman, Keith
    Ellison took his oath on a copy of the Qur’an. Congresswoman Michele
    Bachman was vilified and verbally tarred and
    feathered by Democrats when she voiced her
    concern about Muslims taking over our government.
    Considering all these appointments, it would explain why Obama and
    his minions are systematically destroying our nation,
    supporting radical Muslim groups worldwide, opening our
    southern border, and turning a blind eye to the genocide being
    perpetrated on Christians all over Africa and the Middle East.
    The more damage Obama does, the more arrogant he’s become! Our
    nation and our government has been infiltrated by
    people with a desire to destroy us. It can only get worse!