Fears Growing Over Possible Saudi Retaliation For 9/11 Lawsuit Bill

Teri Webster - Author

May 23 2016, Updated 1:50 a.m. ET

Fears are growing that the U.S. could face retaliation over a proposed bill to allow loved ones of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to sue Saudi Arabia.

News reports in Saudi media claim that it could “open the gates of hell,” by encouraging other countries to sue the U.S. in turn, for its own war crimes.

Okaz, a daily newspaper wrote an article titled “Congress’s Satanic Deed Opens the Gates of Hell for the World’s Largest Country,” Brietbart News reported.

Information linking Saudi Arabia to the 9/11 attacks was reportedly redacted prior to the official report’s release to the public. Some lawmakers are now demanding that the 28-redacted pages be made public. Questions remain over whether Qatar and Saudi Arabia should be able to be sued for supporting terrorist groups.

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The proposed legislation, The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, shows “no justice or morality in American politics,” according to Saudi media reports. It also accuses lawmakers of bypassing international law. Under it, countries are immune to legal proceedings from other nations.

“One day, this law will be used to sue all those who caused the destruction of Iraq, Syria, and Libya and spread terror organizations in them, and everyone who planned to destroy Egypt, Jordan, and Morocco,” Saudi columnist Fadhel Bin Sa’d Al-Bu’aynin wrote. “The monster will rise up against its creator.”

On Tuesday, the Senate approved the bill. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) have said they are trying to quickly get the bill up for a vote in the House, according to The Hill.


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