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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.”
For 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
From Future Terrorist Attacks
This Critical Legislation Affects All Americans Who Care About Safety
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 altered and our beloved safe America didn’t feel “safe” anymore.
We still face terrorism threats – most recently in the closure of multiple U.S. Embassies in the Middle East. We are not safe because the money still flows to support the dangerous ideology that fuels horrific acts of terrorism.
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).
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 reverse appalling 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 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 outside our borders – no accountability from a civil action would be possible.
Yes, our military has dismantled much of the physical capabilities of their organization. But do not believe for one second the terrorists will not rebuild and continue with their attacks if we do not stop the funding needed to carry them out.
TELL CONGRESS TO PASS THE “JUSTICE AGAINST SPONSORS OF TERRORISM ACT (JASTA), which will be introduced the week of the 12th anniversary of 9/11 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 anticipated.
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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.”
September 11, 2013
A 9/11 Widow Speaks Out to Congress
Members of Congress:
The pictures of innocent Syrian’s writhing in pain, unable to breath, suffering from burns and crying for help pull on all our heartstrings – and they should. Who would not be affected by such heinous acts of aggression? With all my heart, I want my deepest sorrows for these tortured individuals to be clear. However, as the Congress turns its full power of deliberation and legislation to the question of Syria at the same time as the 12th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on our nation, I, as a widow of 9/11 with three children who lost their father that day, must ask Congress another question.
Where is the outrage that over a decade has past and the criminals who funded al Qaeda’s attack on us have not been held accountable for their role in killing thousands of innocent men, women and children? Doesn’t the senseless murder of nearly 3,000 innocent souls from over 23 countries deserve the same ferocious debate?
While my heart breaks for what happened in Syria and for what happens daily in other parts of the world, my heart is equally concerned about the safety of America and as long as we do not stop the flow of money going to terrorist networks like al Qaeda, we will never be safe. We should never forget the pain and suffering inflicted on this nation 12 years ago was not just terrorism – it was torture.
Read the whole letter on the Huffington Post
9/11 FAMILIES UNITED TO BANKRUPT TERRORISM IMPLORE PRESIDENT OBAMA TO DECLASSIFY THE 28 PAGES
June 20, 2013
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President:
We, the survivors and the families of those
killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, are in the second decade
of our painful pursuit of the unabridged and truthful story behind the
financing and support of those murderous attacks. On that terrible day our nation, our lives
and those of our children, spouses, sibling, parents and friends were
traumatically changed forever.
We have been denied the whole story by past
and present administrations. Our efforts
to seek the truth, accountability and justice have been thwarted time and time
again by our own government for over 10 years.
We may be disheartened but we are not defeated.
The crux of the problem is a persistent
pattern of obfuscation and deflection into the parts of the investigation that
shed light on who provided the financial and material assistance that made the
attacks possible. Our plea is for you to
bring your laudable pledge of transparency to the 9/11 investigation.
We ask you, Mr. President, to make public
the complete unredacted 28 pages of Part Four of the 107th
Congress’s Joint Inquiry into
Intelligence Community Activities before and after the Terrorist Attacks of
September 11, 2001. Those withheld
pages involve information regarding “specific sources of foreign support for
some of the September 11 hijackers while they were in the United States,” the
Apparently, the decision to withhold these
pages was made by President George W. Bush for unspecified reasons of national
security. Others who have seen the
material have long disagreed with that assessment. They include former Senate Intelligence
Committee Chairman Bob Graham (D-FL), who also co-chaired the Joint Inquiry. He has stated publicly that he believes that
95 percent of the material is safe for public consumption and that the pages
were kept secret for reasons other than national security. He has further stated that the information had
been “misclassified” and that though “the information may be embarrassing or
politically damaging, its revelation would not damage national security.”
Read the entire letter: 9/11 FAMILIES UNITED TO BANKRUPT TERRORISM IMPLORE PRESIDENT OBAMA TO RELEASE THE 28 PAGES (CONT'D)
BP’s Disgrace on 9/11by Joe Rice
September 12, 2013
(View original blog here.)
American citizens spent yesterday honoring the memory of the brave
souls who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of 9/11, it was very
disheartening and outright offensive that BP sought to use Sept. 11th
to again attack our judicial system.
The cowardly acts on
September 11, 2001, that took thousands of innocent lives will forever
be ingrained in our memory. On 9/11, we are thankful for the selfless
bravery of all the firefighters, police men and women and emergency
rescue workers who saved thousands of lives. On 9/11, we live with the
stark reminder that more than 1,000 are now living with cancer due to
their exposure to toxic dust, fumes, smoke and particles at the wreckage
sites. On 9/11, we are reminded of the horrific terror, but also of the
resiliency of this great country.
Yet yesterday, on 9/11, I was
outraged to find that BP purchased full page ads in major New York City
newspapers in an attempt to provide a self-serving, financial spin on
the report released by Former Director and Federal Judge Louis Freeh in
his investigation of the Deepwater Horizon Claims Center. Judge Freeh
found in an organization of more than 4,000 employees, that yes, there
were a few employees who failed to perform up to expected ethical
standards. He has referred that matter to the Court, and the Court will
deal with it appropriately.
However, what Judge Freeh also found
is that Claims Administrator Patrick Juneau has done a good job of
implementing sound corporate governance, guidelines, conflict checks and
follow-up on the day-to-day operations of the Center. Judge Freeh found
that Mr. Juneau had already identified and was in the process of
investigating the misconduct when BP decided to take it to the press.
Judge Freeh also rejected the specific request by BP that the claims
process be interrupted as he found no basis whatsoever that the
misconduct had been rampant or deeply rooted into the system.
if BP’s actions to date haven’t been demonstrative enough of its
character, yesterday’s actions, on 9/11, truly showed what type of
corporation it really is.
The 9/11 families need our continued
support, and BP was unable to put aside their antics for one day out of
respect to all of the fallen, the 9/11 survivors and the 9/11 families.
BP is not committed to the Gulf. BP is not committed to justice. BP is
only committed to BP.
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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, South 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