Last year, a controversial bill that would allow families of the victims of September 11th to sue Saudi Arabia over that country’s alleged role in funding the attacks passed the House and Senate unanimously.
Then, President Barack Obama vetoed the bill — but his veto was overturned. Democrats in large numbers joined with Republicans to deliver a remarkable rebuke to the president. For that vote, there was a 97-1 consensus in the Senate and a 348-77 vote in the House.
Saudi Arabia threatened to sell off $750 billion in U.S. assets in response to the bill, but there’s no evidence that they followed through on that threat after it passed.
Since the lawsuits are legal now, at least one major one has been filed, and it’s already uncovering fresh evidence that makes it clear why the Saudis were so vocally opposed to the bill.
According to the New York Post,
Fresh evidence submitted in a major 9/11 lawsuit moving forward against the Saudi Arabian government reveals its embassy in Washington may have funded a “dry run” for the hijackings carried out by two Saudi employees, further reinforcing the claim that employees and agents of the kingdom directed and aided the 9/11 hijackers and plotters.
Two years before the airliner attacks, the Saudi Embassy paid for two Saudi nationals, living undercover in the U.S. as students, to fly from Phoenix to Washington “in a dry run for the 9/11 attacks,” alleges the amended complaint filed on behalf of the families of some 1,400 victims who died in the terrorist attacks 16 years ago.
The court filing provides new details that paint “a pattern of both financial and operational support” for the 9/11 conspiracy from official Saudi sources, lawyers for the plaintiffs say. In fact, the Saudi government may have been involved in underwriting the attacks from the earliest stages — including testing cockpit security.
Citing FBI documents, the complaint alleges that the Saudi students — Mohammed al-Qudhaeein and Hamdan al-Shalawi — were in fact members of “the Kingdom’s network of agents in the U.S.,” and participated in the terrorist conspiracy.
They had trained at al Qaeda camps in Afghanistan at the same time some of the hijackers were there. And while living in Arizona, they had regular contacts with a Saudi hijacker pilot and a senior al Qaeda leader from Saudi now incarcerated at Gitmo.
At least one tried to re-enter the U.S. a month before the attacks as a possible muscle hijacker, but was denied admission because he appeared on a terrorist watch list.