Obama is refusing to release the 28 page report that allegedly reveals Saudi Arabia met with the 9/11 hijackers in California. What are your thoughts?
The families of 9/11 victims in the US are reportedly infuriated at the administration of President Barack Obama for ‘siding with Saudi Arabia‘ over a congressional bill that could incriminate Saudi officials for the deadly attacks on September 11, 2001 in America.
The families of victims are making a renewed push to declassify 28 pages of a 838-page congressional report on the worst terror attack on American soil, which points the blame towards Saudi Arabia.
Until now,the Obama administration has so far refused to reveal the contents of the missing pages and looks to be leaving the decision to a Congressional vote.
Speaking to the New York Times, Mindy Kleinberg, whose husband died in the World Trade Center on September 11 said: ‘It’s stunning to think that our government would back the Saudis over its own citizens.’
Ms. Kleinberg is part of a group of victims’ family members pushing for the legislation against the Middle Eastern country, however so far all attempts to sue the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have failed.
The group says the Obama administration has ‘consistently sided with the kingdom’ and thus thwarted their efforts to learn ‘the truth about the role some Saudi officials played in the terrorist plot.’
Last September, the latest lawsuit brought by families of victims of the 9/11 attacks, was thrown out. A previous attempt in 2013 also failed to make any headway.
A US judge stated there was insufficient evidence linking the Gulf country to the 2001 attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people.
Among the evidence dismissed were claims by one man in custody that a Saudi prince helped finance the plot.
Of the 19 men behind the attacks, 15 were citizens of Saudi Arabia.
Jim Kreindler and Sean Carter, lawyers representing the families are fighting to have 28 pages of a 838-page congressional report into the attacks, declassified as part of the lawsuit against the government of Saudi Arabia.
Kreindler said the White House could be doing a lot more to ensure transparency.
‘The administration views the 9/11 families suit as an impediment to the U.S.-Saudi relationship,’ he told NBC News.
Speaking of the the President’s forthcoming visit to the region this week and meeting with King Salman, Mr Carter believes the topic should be discussed.
‘I think that he should raise not only the 28 pages, but the unresolved disputes between 9/11 families and Saudis generally.’
Saudi officials have threatened to sell off hundreds of billions of dollars of American assets if Congress passes a bill that would allow the Saudi government to be held responsible for any role in the attacks.
The warning was delivered by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir last month during a visit to Washington.
The minister said his country would sell up to $750 billion in US treasury securities and other assets before the bill puts them in jeopardy.
The administration has tried to stop Congress from passing the legislation, a bipartisan Senate bill.
Al-Juberi purportedly informed the lawmakers during a trip to Washington that Saudi Arabia would be forced to sell a huge chunk of American financial assets on the world market, fearing the legislation could become law and U.S. courts would then freeze the assets.