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Obama administration supports Saudi immunity in 9/11 lawsuit

Obama administration supports Saudi immunity in 9/11 lawsuit
Brief seeking to deny Americans access to court remedies for attack

Posted: June 01, 2009
9:07 pm Eastern

© 2009 WorldNetDaily

Editor's Note: The following report is excerpted from Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin, the premium online newsletter published by the founder of WND. Subscriptions are $99 a year or, for monthly trials, just $9.95 per month for credit card users, and provide instant access for the complete reports.

The Obama administration has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to protect Saudi Arabia and four of its princes from being held accountable for their alleged role in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the United States that killed almost 3,000 Americans, according to a report in Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin.

Through its solicitor general, Elena Kagan, the Obama administration has asked that the Saudis be held immune under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, or FSIA, even though there is ample U.S. evidence of complicity by the Saudi government and the named princes in support of al-Qaida's attack.

While the FSIA generally protects a sovereign state, there are exceptions under which its provisions can be invoked. Such interpretations are left largely to the courts to determine.

Families of the 9/11 victims, however, have expressed outrage over the Obama administration's filing. They regard the action as undermining the continuing fight against terror.

In its recent friend-of-the-court brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in "Federal Insurance Co. vs. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia," the Obama administration asked the court to deny a petition for a "writ of certiorari," or higher court hearing, by the families of the victims of 9/11 in their effort to sue Saudi Arabia and its princes.

In the original case filed in 2006, the families of the 9/11 victims allege Saudi Arabia and four Saudi princes acting in their capacity as high-level government officials and as individuals made donations to charitable organizations with the knowledge that the charities were diverting funds to al-Qaida. In response, the Saudi government invoked the FSIA as a basis to preclude a lawsuit by the 9/11 victims' families.

In August 2008, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the 2006 ruling by U.S. District Judge Richard Casey in dismissing the claim against Saudi Arabia. The dismissal covered the four princes, a Saudi banker and a Saudi charity. In addition, the appeals court said that the exceptions to immunity didn't apply since the State Department had not designated Saudi Arabia as a state sponsor of terrorism.

There appears, however, to be a possible conflict in what the FSIA allows and a portion of a U.S. statute [28USC1605(a)] which states, in effect, that a foreign state shall not be immune from the jurisdiction of U.S. courts if the attack and funding for it occurred in the U.S.

"Although the United States disagrees in certain respects with the analysis of the court of appeals, further review by this Court to determine the best legal basis for that immunity is unwarranted," Kagan wrote.

Fifteen of the 19 terrorists who hijacked U.S. aircraft and crashed them into the World Trade Center and Pentagon on 9/11 were from Saudi Arabia and were affiliated with al-Qaida. Intelligence and past actions link the Saudi government and the four princes with al-Qaida.

"In effect, the U.S. Government announced its opposition to allowing 9/11 victims and their families full access to the U.S. legal system in (the government's) effort to protect Saudi Arabia and its princes from being held accountable for their role in the attack on the United States," said Peter Leitner, who has assisted terror victims' families successfully in suing terrorist organizations for the past 12 years.

"As power of Attorney for the family and estate of John P. O'Neill, former FBI (counter-terrorism) expert, I find it disgusting that the Obama administration has spat in the faces of these victims just as (Obama) prepares to leave for Egypt and Saudi Arabia while advocating for the closing of (the U.S. Guantanamo prison in Cuba) and giving full access to the U.S. court system to the terrorists currently imprisoned there," he said.
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  • Mattynr 2009/06/02 17:16:46
    Mattynr
    Obama will be dining with the Saudi King June 3, 2009, in Riyndh as part of his Middle East trip joined
    with his stops in Europe.
    His speech given to the Middle East will be in
    Egypt at a Mosque.
    Will they have to put drapes over anything
    that might reflect religion?
  • dmac 2009/06/02 15:52:38
    dmac
    I think this man is a treasonist to even think abut any of this. I have heard something else that I am trying to track down. So if anyone else can locate info. Yea or Nay please get it out. I heard he is selling out our B2 Stealth Bomber to the Chinese for $50 Billion to apply the debt we owe them. Supposedly it is going through the State Dept and Sec. Gates to slip it through with out going through the House and Senate. I have been all over trying to verify this and could use some help from anyone that gets around the internet better than I do.
  • Mattynr dmac 2009/06/02 17:19:35 (edited)
    Mattynr
    no .......?? Where is a link to this? Do you have something on this to share?
    Keep trying to find out.........
  • dmac Mattynr 2009/06/02 17:34:20
    dmac
    it was sent to me last night by Bill Turner ID state director at Resist Net. com it also is known by Patriotic Resistance. When I went back to check a couple of facts the page was gone. So I shot them off a not to nice a message because I have had trouble with that before. So I did an email to a Senator and a Rep from ID to try to find something out. I figured if that is right they should have a heads up and I damn well want to know. I have thought about contacting the FBI or CIA But if I am misinformed I don't want prosecuted. That is why I have asked for anyone to let me know what they might find. I really hope it is misinformation but it really didn't sound like it and really scared this old lady. since China sells thch and materials to N. Korea and Iran and Lord only knows how many others are on their business list.
  • Mattynr Mattynr 2009/06/02 17:35:42
    Mattynr
    We are already a target to experience the problems they are having
    in Europe with Muslim immigration.

    Opama has opened for immigration to hundreds of thousands of
    Palestinians with the stroke of a pen and executive order ....... on
    Feb. 4....... one week into office. Permission to immigrate to the US
    Think about that. You see the neighboring Arabic Nations will not
    allow refugees safe immigration, they want them to stay put and
    fight Israel and be human shields for Hamas.

    Obama has dropped charges on Muslim terrorist at Getmo......
    and stopped those already in the court process to evaluate.

    We need to keep Getmo open and move forward with a new
    agenda of responsible treatment.
    He forgets we are still at WAR and what are we going to do
    with the new Prisoners of WAR...... where will they go?

    It is not the Danger of Escape..... that is such a minor consideration
    in all this.

    Sec. of Defense Gates supports his Commander in Chief, that
    is what you do in the Military, but he has said that Getmo is
    the best facility in the WORLD.
    So, why spend more money on something new?
    This is what I think!!!!!!
    I think his plan is to give it back to Cuba, like Carter gave the
    Panama Canal back.
    More of his mission to be loved by the World. He feed on the
    love of his supporters.....

    His first interview was with t...












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    We are already a target to experience the problems they are having
    in Europe with Muslim immigration.

    Opama has opened for immigration to hundreds of thousands of
    Palestinians with the stroke of a pen and executive order ....... on
    Feb. 4....... one week into office. Permission to immigrate to the US
    Think about that. You see the neighboring Arabic Nations will not
    allow refugees safe immigration, they want them to stay put and
    fight Israel and be human shields for Hamas.

    Obama has dropped charges on Muslim terrorist at Getmo......
    and stopped those already in the court process to evaluate.

    We need to keep Getmo open and move forward with a new
    agenda of responsible treatment.
    He forgets we are still at WAR and what are we going to do
    with the new Prisoners of WAR...... where will they go?

    It is not the Danger of Escape..... that is such a minor consideration
    in all this.

    Sec. of Defense Gates supports his Commander in Chief, that
    is what you do in the Military, but he has said that Getmo is
    the best facility in the WORLD.
    So, why spend more money on something new?
    This is what I think!!!!!!
    I think his plan is to give it back to Cuba, like Carter gave the
    Panama Canal back.
    More of his mission to be loved by the World. He feed on the
    love of his supporters.....

    His first interview was with the Arabs........ relating his Muslim
    exposures and early childhood. He is Muslim at heart even
    though they do have Jesus (a Black Jesus) at his Church.
    His 20 years of teachings with the Trinity Church?
    His support from Muslim Preacher Farrakhan..........
    who also lives within 3 blocks in Chicago of
    Obama, along with Ayers, and Resko........ and Rushi Khalidi (before he moved
    to NY and Columbia University)... co founder of the Arab
    America Actions Network...... that mourns the existence of Israel.
    And......... Obama was at a farewell dinner given to him and spoke .....
    Ayers was there too.
    The LA Times has the tapes of all this and would not release it..........
    Why not? Did it show his Muslim ties?
    They were all cozy neighbors........... The Obama's attended the wedding of
    Khalidi's daughter. So did Ayers.......
    You know Ayers..... just some guy that lives in the Neighborhood.

    Also, on Feb. 4......... the executive order..... 20 Billion...... yes Billion to aid
    Gaza..........How can this be given to Gaza and not Hamas? Weapons? Are there controls?
    This is a Democracy and the ruling Government is Hamas....... all
    money would go through government... Hamas......

    And....... remember during the election when the Arabic News reported that
    Obama had sent people to talk to Hamas? Obama said he had no knowledge
    of that and they were acting independently.
    What do you think in light of all the rest of this?

    This became longer than I wanted...
    (more)
  • 12 Tone Melody 2009/06/02 15:22:41
    12 Tone Melody
    +5
    So the Saudi King's hand wasn't the only body part Obama kissed?
  • Sandie 12 Tone... 2009/06/02 15:24:37
    Sandie
    +2
    So it would appear!
  • USAF Ve... 12 Tone... 2009/06/02 15:43:43
  • Mattynr 12 Tone... 2009/06/02 17:18:16
    Mattynr
    funny............ and even more so if there were not an element of truth to this.
  • No More Commies 2009/06/02 15:14:31
    No More Commies
    +4
    Yet they call this guy the Messiah. The Messiah of Terrorists? I'm to the point I could puke everytime I hear his name or see his picture. Anyone thats supports him is an enemy of of the United States.

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