Sputnik reported that 22 lawmakers in the Senate and House of Representatives from the states of New York and New Jersey sent a letter to US Attorney General Merrick Garland requesting the release of declassified classified reports of the Bureau. The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) into the role of Saudi Arabia in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
|The 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States.|
Accordingly, the letter reiterates that the administration of former President Donald Trump has repeatedly invoked the “privilege of state secrecy” (which the Obama and Bush administrations also used) to prevent the release of documents to the public. 9/11 family used to sue the Saudi government. Riyadh has repeatedly denied involvement in the terrorist attack in the US.
The letter, sent by Senior Democrats Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and New York Republican Representative Nicole Malliotakis read: “We understand that the families in this lawsuit seek material they believe that would reveal Saudi Arabia’s complicity in the attacks, as well as information related to Operation Encore, an investigation conducted by the FBI between 2007 and 2016. Like the other victims, these this family deserves to go to court with all available evidence, under the law of fair application.”
“One of our main concerns with the ‘state secret’ doctrine is that it has no basis in statute; it is entirely up to the judge and it is often asserted to cover up conduct. government misconduct,” the letter said, urging Garland to exercise “extreme caution with respect to any assertions of upholding the prerogative of state secrecy.”
In March, more than 2,100 family members of the victims signed a class-action appeal to Secretary Garland and President Joe Biden, accusing the FBI and Justice Department of “repeatedly” obstruction and obstruction. their lawsuit. The White House has yet to respond to the appeal.
Speaking to the New York Post, Brett Eagleson, the son of a retail worker in the South Tower on September 11, and a spokesman for the families suing Riyadh, shared the letter with gratitude. deep. This person said, it took too long for the Americans to find out what role Saudi Arabia played in the terrorist attack 20 years ago.
Eagleson said President Trump had personally promised to “help” the families with their case at a ceremony commemorating the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in Washington, DC in 2019, but the Attorney General of he, Bill Barr, declined any work, justifying the “privilege of state secrecy” for preventing the subsequent release of the document.
In 2012, the FBI released a terrorism memo during its ‘Operation Encore’ investigation that identified three senior Saudi government officials who provided 9/11 attackers with assistance. financial aid, flight lessons, driver’s license and living. These people were aware of the group’s plan to “perform an act of terror” on American soil.
|FBI documents show Saudi officials are involved in terrorist attacks.|
One official, identified as Mussaed Ahmed al-Jarrah, is believed to be working in the Saudi Embassy in Washington at the time.
Families of 9/11 victims, and thousands of police, firefighters and cleaners who contracted cancer and other illnesses during the cleanup operation at Ground Zero, are suing Saudi Arabia in court. federal government, and has requested access to the FBI’s final 16-page report on Operation Encore.
The suspect in charge of the bloody terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has expressed his willingness to testify in the lawsuit for compensation of the victims’ families against the Saudi government. , if exempted from the death penalty.
The government of Saudi Arabia – a close US ally in the Middle East region – has enjoyed immunity from lawsuits in the US related to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
However, this status was canceled after September 2016, the US Congress invalidated the veto power of then-President Barack Obama on the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism bill. JASTA), thereby paving the way for lawsuits against the Riyadh government in the United States.
After that, relatives of thousands of victims and injured people and dozens of US insurance companies, including “names” such as Liberty Mutual, Safeco, Wausau and many branches of Lloyd’s insurance group.. ., sued Saudi Arbia in a US court under the JASTA Act.
After a period of consideration, in March 2018, Manhattan District Judge George Daniels said that the plaintiff’s allegations against the Government of Saudi Arabia had a reasonable basis for him to exercise his judicial power.