May 18, 2016
Saudi Arabia Is Pissed Over The 9/11 Bill
The US Senate voted unanimously – really, they all agreed on something – to let families of 9/11 victims sue Saudi Arabia in the event the country or its representatives played any role in 9/11. Saudi Arabia has threatened to sell up to $750 billion in US assets if the bill becomes law. Obama has threatened to veto the bill but it likely that Senate Democrats would vote to override his veto.
Why is this important now?
The final 28 pages of the 9/11 report that deal with the foreign government’s role in helping the 9/11 hijackers have long been classified. Some Senators involved with writing that report have recently been involved in a push to declassify those pages. When their efforts faltered they pushed for other ways to hold Saudi Arabia responsible for its alleged role and thus this new bill was born. Saudi Arabia, already peeved at the Iran Deal and a perceived rapprochement with Iran, is quite upset.
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