September 11, 2014 Suing Terrorist Funding Countries Easier After 9/11-Inspired Bill Is Approved
NEW YORK—Senator Charles Schumer is pushing a bill that would allow Americans to sue foreign countries and groups that sponsor terrorism. Up for consideration next week in Washington, D.C., Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) will compensate victims and their families and perhaps deter future terrorist attacks.
“Terrorists also need resources. Our legislation will cut off their resources,” said Schumer. “It will serve as a warning to others that want to fund terrorist groups, that they can’t just walk away scot-free.”
From Future Terrorist Attacks
This Critical Legislation Affects All Americans Who Care About Safety and the Truth about who Financed 9/11
YOUR ACTION IS NEEDED NOW!
On 9/11, al Qaeda terrorists attacked our nation, killing thousands, ripping apart families and injuring thousands more. We lost loved ones, futures were irrevocably altered and our beloved safe America didn’t feel “safe” anymore.
We still face terrorism threats – more than ever! We are not safer because the money still flows to support the dangerous ideology that fuels horrific acts of terrorism. Just look at what is happening in Syria, Libya and all over the world. Who is financing al Qaeda?
Now is the time to close a gaping hole in the security of our nation by closing down the money pipeline that feeds terrorism and al Qaeda. The financial networks of the terrorists that were in place in 2001 have yet to be closed down. There is only one way to assure that another 9/11 never happens again: STOP the flow of money to terrorists NOW. That can be achieved by Congress passing the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA - H.R. 3143/S.1535). CONTACT YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS NOW AND ASK THEM TO SUPPORT JASTA!
NOTHING WILL CHANGE UNTIL WE PASS JASTA
In order for this to happen, URGENT political action must be taken to hold responsible those who financed, enabled and abetted the murderers of our loved ones and caused injury to the survivors. They are still funding al Qaeda.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
JASTA will definitively reverse erroneous court decisions on aiding terrorism. There is nothing currently in place that allows United States citizens to hold accountable those who finance, aid and abet terrorists who kill or injure innocent Americans if they gave the money from outside our borders. That was how 9/11 was financed and undoubtedly how any future attacks will be financed.
The effect of all of this is that if we discover someone intentionally gave aid or money to the Boston Marathon Bombers and that money was given to them from outside our borders – no accountability from a civil action would be possible.
Yes, our military has dismantled much of the physical capabilities of their former organization. But do not believe for one second the terrorists are not rebuilding, growing and continue with their attacks. if we do not stop the funding needed to carry them out, terrorism will be a threat to all Americans for many years into the future.
TELL CONGRESS TO PASS THE JUSTICE AGAINST SPONSORS OF TERRORISM ACT (JASTA - H.R. 3143/S.1535), which was introduced on September 19, 2013 by Reps. Peter King (R-N.Y.) and Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) in the U.S. House of Representatives and by Sen. Charles “Chuck” Schumer in the U.S. Senate with a strong bipartisan cast of cosponsors.
Co-Sponsors in the House:
Rep. Nadler, Jerrold [D-NY-10), Rep. Frelinghuysen, Rodney P. [R-NJ, Rep. Maloney, Carolyn B. [D-NY-12], Rep. Grimm, Michael G. [R-NY-11], Rep. Meehan, Patrick [R-PA-7], Rep. Swalwell, Eric [D-CA-15] ,Rep. Poe, Ted [R-TX-2], Rep. LoBiondo, Frank A. [R-NJ-2], Rep. Welch, Peter [D-VT-At Large] Rep. Wolf, Frank R. [R-VA-10], Rep. Buchanan, Vern [R-FL-16], Rep. Fitzpatrick, Michael G. [R-PA-8], Rep. Tonko, Paul [D-NY-20], Rep. McCarthy, Carolyn [D-NY-4], Rep. Farenthold, Blake [R-TX-27] Rep. Israel, Steve [D-NY-3], Rep. Jones, Walter B., Jr. [R-NC-3], Rep. Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9]
Co-Sponsors in the Senate:
Sen. Cornyn, John [R-TX], Sen. Coons, Christopher A. [D-DE],Sen. Feinstein, Dianne [D-CA]
Sen. Graham, Lindsey [R-SC], Sen. Hatch, Orrin G. [R-UT], Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN]
Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA), Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ],Sen. Whitehouse, Sheldon [D-RI)
Sen. Flake, Jeff [R-AZ], Sen. Lee, Mike [R-UT]
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December 24, 2013 9/11 “cover up” could collapse as Saudi Arabia restored to victims' lawsuit By Dan Christensen, BrowardBulldog.org With
an unusual acknowledgment of a mistake in a high-profile case, a
federal appeals court in New York City has restored Saudi Arabia as a
defendant in a lawsuit brought by thousands of 9/11 victims, their
families and others.
For a decade, the 9/11 plaintiffs have
asserted that the desert kingdom bankrolled al Qaeda prior to the 2001
terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. Now, they can once again
pursue their claim in court.
The ruling also restores as a
defendant the Saudi High Commission for Relief of Bosnia and
Herzegovina, a government agency the plaintiffs contend funneled tens of
millions of dollars to terrorist fighters across the globe.
Florida Senator Bob Graham, who co-chaired Congress’s Joint Inquiry
into the attacks, hailed Thursday’s ruling by the Second Circuit Court
of Appeals in Manhattan.
“This is a very significant breakthrough
that could collapse the dam of cover up which has kept information on
the Saudis involvement from the American people,” Graham told
BrowardBulldog.org in an exclusive interview.
Saudi Arabia, which
has denied the lawsuit’s accusations as “categorically false,” had been
dismissed from the sprawling lawsuit in 2005 on grounds of sovereign
immunity, despite exceptions to that protection regarding acts of
‘ERROR OF LAW’
16-page order by a three judge appellate court panel is a labyrinth of
legal argument. Its essence, however, is that the court’s own
conflicting rulings about how to apply the law in different 9/11
lawsuits led to an “error of law” by a lower federal court judge in New
York, George B. Daniels, who wrongly let the Saudis off the hook for
potentially billions of dollars in civil damages.
Read the entire story: http://www.browardbulldog.org/2013/12/911-cover-up-could-collapse-as-saudi-arabia-restored-to-victims-lawsuit-says-bob-graham/
UPDATE December 3, 2013
Jones introduces resolution to declassify 9/11 report
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today,
Congressmen Walter B. Jones (NC-3) and Stephen Lynch (MA-8) introduced
H. Res. 428, a resolution to make public 28 pages of the Joint Inquiry
into Intelligence Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of
September 2001 that were initially classified by President George W.
Bush and have remained classified under President Barack Obama. The
resolution states that declassification of the pages is necessary to
provide the American public with the full truth surrounding the tragic
events of September 11, 2001, particularly relating to the involvement
of foreign governments.
“Twelve years after the United States
suffered a horrendous attack on our own soil, the families of the
victims deserve to know all the facts concerning that tragic day,” said
Congressman Jones. “Furthermore, the information contained in the
redacted pages is critical to our foreign policy moving forward and
should thus be available to the American public. If the 9/11 hijackers
had outside help – particularly from one or more foreign governments –
the press and the public have a right to know what our government has or
has not done to bring justice to all of the perpetrators.”
additional information, please contact Sarah Howard in Congressman
Jones’ office at (202) 225-3415 or email@example.com.
To read the full text of the Resolution
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 2, 2013
United to Bankrupt Terrorism
Applaud The Miami Herald and The Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Lawsuit of FBI/Department of Justice For Documents
Relating To Sarasota Saudis Suspected of 9/11 Ties
The Steering Committee of the 9/11 Families United to Bankrupt Terrorism endorses the recent decision by The Miami Herald to file a future amicus brief in an effort to support court proceedings designed to gain access to FBI documents regarding an investigation involving a Saudi family, former residents of Sarasota, Fla., who may have provided aid to the 9/11 hijackers. Broward Bulldog, Inc., a Florida non-profit corporation, and its founder Dan Christensen filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit to obtain documents they were denied and are suing the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida.
“Former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham, a South Florida resident, has long expressed concern about the pre-9/11 activities occurring in Florida. Senator Graham has alleged that the FBI made false statements to the public about the results of its Sarasota investigation related to those pre-9/11 activities. The results of that investigation were not reported to Congress or mentioned in the 9/11 Commission Report. Documents released in the course of this litigation have revealed information that directly contradicts the FBI’s prior public statements asserting that no connections between the Sarasota property and 9/11 exist.
The Herald has a strong interest in ascertaining which FBI statements to the public are accurate,” wrote attorneys for The Herald in a motion requesting leave to file an amicus brief. The Herald wrote that it was the intention of the newspaper to jointly file a brief with The Sarasota Herald-Tribune, which had filed a similar motion earlier in the month. Read the whole release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 23, 2013
SCHUMER, KING ANNOUNCE ‘JUSTICE AGAINST SPONSORS OF TERRORISM ACT; LEGISLATION WILL ALLOW VICTIMS OF 9/11 TO SUE FOREIGN ENTITIES THAT FUNDED ATTACKSRecent Court Decisions Have Blocked Terrorism- Related Claims from Victims of Attacks like 9/11; Currently, Americans Injured in Terrorist Attacks On American Soil Have Limited Recourse Against Foreign States that Sponsor Attacks
Schumer, King Announce Legislation That Will Hold Foreign Sponsors Accountable if Financially Linked to Terrorist Attack on U.S. Soil
Schumer, King: JASTA Means One Step Closer to Justice for 9/11 Victims
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and Congressman Peter King today announced the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) has been introduced in Congress. The bill works to deter international terrorism on American soil and guarantee access to justice for those who have suffered at terrorists’ hands. Schumer and King are sponsors of the bill, which will help the victims of 9/11 achieve
“The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act will finally correct an egregious error within our court system that has prevented victims of 9/11 from obtaining recourse against those who helped sponsor the attacks,” said Schumer. “This legislation means that foreign states can now be held accountable if they help fund a terrorist attack on U.S. soil and it means that the victims of 9/11 are one step closer to
“JASTA is essential to the deterrence of international terrorism on American soil and the guarantee of justice to those who have suffered at the hands of terrorists. I look forward to working with my colleagues and the 9/11 Families United for Justice Against Terrorism to pass this important bill,” said King.
Recently, some court decisions have improperly blocked terrorism-related claims that Congress intended to permit. For example, the second Circuit inIn re Terrorist Attacks of September 11th, 2001, has held that sovereign immunity protected Saudi government “charities” from 9/11 victims’ claims regarding support for those attacks and that aiding and abetting theories are unavailable under the Anti-Terrorism
Act of 1991 (ATA). That court further ruled that terror victims pursing ATA claims must satisfy a strict proximate causation test. Overall, Americans who were injured in terrorist attacks, like those who were tragically struck on September 11th, 2001, may have no recourse against the foreign states that sponsor such attacks when they occurred on American soil.
JASTA allows terrorism victims, like victims of the September 11thattacks, the right to pursue foreign states and sponsors of terrorism in federal court. The bill allows Americans to direct claims against those who funded the attacks. The bill also fixes a decision in the same case that, paradoxically, interpreted the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act to limit recovery when those attacks occur on American soil.
The following is a summary of the bill:
First, JASTA amends the Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act (FSIA) so that foreign sponsors of terrorism cannot invoke “sovereign immunity” in cases arising from a terrorist attack on U.S. soil.
Second, JASTA amends the ATA so that civil suits against foreign sponsors of terrorism can be held accountable in U.S. courts where their conducts contributes to an attack on U.S. soil.
Schumer and King today introduced JASTA and made the case that the legislation will now hold foreign entities accountable if they are financially linked to a terrorist attack on U.S. soil. Schumer and King said that this legislation will empower the victims of 9/11 to achieve justice
See: http://www.schumer.senate.gov/Newsroom/record_print.cfm?id=345787 9/24/2013
On Behalf of
the 9/11 Families United for Justice Against Terrorism
LEGISLATION INTRODUCED IN CONGRESS TO ENSURE JUSTICE AGAINST THOSE WHO
SUPPORT TERRORISM AND TO DETER FUTURE ATTACKS
JASTA bill commended for its
goals and bipartisan introduction
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 20, 2013 – Hailing it as a victory in the fight against terrorism, the 9/11 Families praised the introduction of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA). JASTA (H.R. 3143/S.1535) was simultaneously introduced yesterday, Sept. 19, in both chambers of Congress by Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and Representative Peter King (R-NY).
The measure was introduced with broad bipartisan support of original cosponsors. In the House, Rep. King was joined by original cosponsors Representatives Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NY), Michael Grimm (R-NY), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Pat Meehan (R-PA), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Ted Poe (R-TX) and Eric Swalwell (D-CA). In the Senate, Sen. Schumer was joined by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Christopher Coons (D-DE), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Edward Markey (D-MA), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).
“JASTA is essential to the deterrence of international terrorism on American soil and the guarantee of justice to those who have suffered at the hands of terrorists. I look forward to working with my colleagues and the 9/11 Families United for Justice Against Terrorism to pass this important bill,” said Representative King.
"The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act will finally correct an egregious error within our court system that has prevented victims of 9/11 from obtaining recourse against those who helped sponsor the attacks," said Senator Schumer. "This legislation means that foreign states can now be held accountable if they help fund a terrorist attack on U.S. soil and it means that the victims of 9/11 are one step closer to justice."
“I am so grateful for the leadership shown by Representatives King, Nadler and the other Members of Congress and Senator Schumer, Klobuchar and their fellow Senators. More than three years ago, a federal court ruled in a twisted misinterpretation of anti-terrorism laws that many of those who funded the 9/11 attacks could not be held liable in a U.S. civil court,” said Beverly Burnett of Eden Prairie, Minn., mother of Thomas E. Burnett, Jr., one of the heroes of United Flight 93. “All those who we allege provided financial and material support for the attacks that killed our son and 3,000 other innocent people should be held accountable. No matter who they are or where they are, these individuals must be brought to justice if we are to stop the terrorist financial pipeline and make America safer.”
“Never in our history has it been more urgent for us to end the flow of money to terrorists whose dangerous ideology led to the attacks of 9/11. Al Qaeda is spreading to more regions in the Middle East and continues to be a threat to U.S. national security,” said Terry Strada of New Vernon, N.J., widow of Tom Strada, who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. “JASTA is vital to the deterrence of international terrorism on American soil and will restore the right of American terrorism victims who seek justice as Congress always intended.”
"The introduction and codification of JASTA is the hope of all victims of terrorism. It is a critical bill. Without JASTA, financiers of terrorism continue unimpeded and unstoppable in their funding of terrorism here and abroad via sophisticated fronts and banks. JASTA will also impact the pervasive money laundering used in financing terrorism. Thank you to all our sponsoring members of Congress,” said Sharon Premoli of Dorset, V.T., who was trapped by the collapse of the World Trade Center and maintains an advocacy website, www.JusticeAgainstTerrorism.org and started a Change.org petition to demonstrate support for the bill (http://bit.ly/JASTA). Premoli also noted that past court rulings held that no one could be held accountable for financing or supporting a terrorist attack in the United States as long as the money or support was given outside the United States.
“For more than a decade I have been seeking my day in court to have those responsible for the murder of my son answer for what they did. I am hopeful that this bill will make that happen. No one should be above the law,” said Bill Doyle of The Villages, Fla., father of Joseph M. Doyle who died in the World Trade Center. “I am pleased that Congress is taking this step to hold accountable to the greatest extent possible those who finance or otherwise support terrorists who attack America.”
Loreen Sellitto, New Vernon, N.J., mother of Matthew Sellitto, 23, who died in the World Trade Center, said “Our elected officials must do everything possible to protect the citizens of this country against future terrorist attacks. I hope that all Americans will stand behind this non-partisan effort to hold accountable the foreign sponsors of terrorism that target America by attacking its funding and support networks.”
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Petition and Website Sponsors:
- Beverly & Tom Burnett, Parents of Tom Burnett Jr., Flight 93
- Rosemary Dillard, Wife of Eddie A. Dillard, Flight 77
- Bill and Camille Doyle, Parents of Joseph Doyle, North Tower
- Gordon Haberman, Father of Andrea, North Tower
- Alice Hoagland, Mother of Mark Bingham, Flight 93
- Donna Marsh O'Connor, Mother of Vanessa Langer, South Tower
- Carol O'hare, Daughter of Hilda Marcin, Flight 93
- Sharon Premoli, Survivor, North Tower
- Jim and Rita Riches, Parents of firefighter Jimmy Riches, Engine
- Matt and Loreen Sellitto, Parents of Matthew Sellitto, North Tower
- Terry Strada, Widow of Tom Strada, North Tower, 104th floor
- National Coordinator, David White
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9/11 Link To Saudi Arabia Is Topic Of 28 Redacted Pages In Government Report; Congressmen Push For Release