Since 2002 the 9/11 families have been litigating against Saudi Arabia and related entities whom they've charged with responsibility in the 9/11 attacks, according to Jersey widow, Lori Van Auken. For years the complex case was dealt with major setbacks, mainly due to rulings that went along with the Saudi defense team's claims that the plaintiffs had insufficient evidence and Saudi Arabia was protected by sovereign immunity. Declassification of the 28 pages on July 15, 2016 as well as passage of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) that September changed everything. A convergence of events leading to the fifteenth anniversary of the attacks brought momentum that even the power of the security state could not withstand.
Within a month after passage of JASTA, an amended complaint which reinstated Saudi Arabia was filed as well as two additional family law suits. Then an appeal by the plaintiffs in response to the release of Saudi Arabia was won. However, the Saudi defense team moved for dismissal again. These events culminated in a hearing in January. On Wednesday, March 28th, Judge Daniels, who had previously released the Saudi's from the lawsuit, denied their motion to dismiss and ruled in favor of the 9/11 families. A short Reuters article provides some background on this complicated, ongoing litigation from a "mainstream media" perspective.
The tide has turned. The suit against Saudi Arabia can finally move forward to the discovery stage, which is what they sought to avoid at all costs. Now a family of oil billionaires and their official entities with the power to affect the global economy and balance of power in the Middle East, will be held to account.
"U.S. District Judge George Daniels in Manhattan said the plaintiffs’ allegations “narrowly articulate a reasonable basis” for him to assert jurisdiction over Saudi Arabia under the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), a 2016 federal law."
This is of historic importance, given:
- The 16 years of litigation,
- The abuse of power that took place for the Executive Branch to classify the 28 pages (a Legislative Branch document),
- The years of effort to get them released, and the 7 years it took to pass JASTA, which only occurred due to a Congressional override of an Obama veto.
This development is also of significance due to the context of the geo-strategic U.S/Saudi alliance going back to the selection of the House of Saud being chosen as monarchs to lead the kingdom, to the recruitment of Saudi mercenaries sent to Afghanistan to rise up against Russian influence in the early '80s, the broad-based military support and weapons sales totaling hundreds of billions of dollars just in the last 10 years, and millions of Saudi dollars spent on PR and lobbying firms to influence Congress and the American public to oppose JASTA.
After all, what if countries reciprocate with law suits against U.S. acts of aggression which result in damages on their population and property? The institution of war which annihilates entire cultures without impunity may have to be reconsidered. International law may have to be complied with. Peace could break out. The war industries and giant military bureaucracies may need to reinvent themselves.
This court ruling is the last thing that those who hold the reins of U.S. hegemonic power wanted. The 9/11 families have been stockpiling more whistle blower testimony for years. The Saudi ambassador, Prince Bandar, and friend to the Bush family may get fully exposed for his role in funding a part of the 9/11 operation.
Wouldn't it be interesting if the FBI, which is mentioned in the 28 pages, had to explain its failure to thwart the plot given whistle blowers at the field agent level, and what it knew about the San Diego operation as well as other elements of the plot.
What about the 80,000 pages on the Saudi couple in Sarasota which the FBI has covered up for so many years? Why did Robert Mueller, the current independent counsel investigating the alleged ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, obscure the 9/11 Evidence Trail trail that would have lead to the Saudis? What else did the NSA and other intelligence agencies really know, given the suppression of ThinThread technology and silence on the Able Danger program?
The plot has just begun to thicken. There's no telling how much could unravel.
A full prosecution of the Saudi and U.S. intelligence roles represents one possible opening to a larger revelation of what really occurred on 9/11. The quest for a full account of all the facts, and full accountability under the law must also move forward as we remain steadfast and enter a new stage. The ability to educate the public on the wider body of objective evidence, and the underlying cause for justice within what is supposed to be a functional democratic republic will be vital.
Because the U.S. has never prosecuted high level crimes against democracy anywhere near this level of controversy, it will require a substantial cultural shift to redirect our course to a foundation of political integrity, honor and single rule of law.
May truth prevail.