Congress Opens Doors for Families of 9/11 Victims to Sue Saudi Arabia

George Bush, 9/11
President George W. Bush consoles families of victims of the terrorist attack Friday, Sept. 14, 2001, during a visit to New York City. Photo credit: The U.S. National Archives / Flickr

The House of Representatives on Friday unanimously passed legislation that would allow the families of 9/11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia.

The Senate had passed the same bill earlier this year — also unanimously — which puts President Barack Obama in a tough spot. The White House had previously indicated that Obama would veto the legislation, citing the concern that it would allow other countries to sue the US. However, supporters of the measure feel strongly that they have the required two-thirds majority to override such a veto.

If the president vetoes the bill, Congress is expected to wait until after the election to try to override the veto.

The legislation passed just two days ahead of the 15th anniversary of the attacks and only a few weeks after the infamous “28 Pages” were declassified. That section of a congressional report on 9/11 describes Saudi Arabia’s links to the hijackers — 15 of which were Saudi nationals.

WhoWhatWhy has extensively covered the 28 Pages, how the FBI sought to intimidate the former chairman of the congressional 9/11 probe, as well as a mysterious Saudi family that disappeared from its Florida home shortly prior to the attacks.

You can find additional WhoWhatWhy stories on the 28 Pages and Saudi Arabia’s ties to 9/11 below.

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RUSS BAKER ON THE SAUDI 9/11 COVER-UP

RUSS BAKER ON THE SAUDI 9/11 COVER-UP (PART II)

MEDIA’S BELATED ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF THE SAUDI 9/11 STORY

FBI KNEW ABOUT SAUDI 9/11 HIJACKER TIES, LIED TO PROTECT ‘NATIONAL SECURITY’

9/11 SILENCE ON SAUDIS

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2 responses to “Congress Opens Doors for Families of 9/11 Victims to Sue Saudi Arabia”

  1. A. Smith says:

    There may or may not have been Saudi involvement, but one thing is certain – 9/11 could not have happened without the Bush/Cheney crew having direct knowledge assisting in the cover-up. Yet another distraction (“limited hangout”) from who the real culprits were.

    From Sec’y Maneta’s testimony at the 9/11 Commission, we already know Cheney’s involvement.

  2. wayne says:

    The picture above of George may one day soon stand as an icon representing the >>Ultimate Insult<< as being consoled by the very person implicit in your collective and personal loss and tragedy, would leave a very bad taste in the Universe.
    Amazingly he appears to even have a slight smirk, as acting and coherent speaking were certainly not his stronger talents.

    Great article, repulsive picture.