NEW YORK CITY: Families Of Hundreds Of 9/11 Victims Sue Saudi Arabia For “Complicity” In Attack [VIDEO]

New York City’s ABC affiliate reports:

In a stunning action seeking to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for 9/11, the families of 800 victims have filed a lawsuit accusing the Saudis of complicity in the worst terror attacks on American soil. The legal action, filed in federal court in Manhattan, details a scenario of involvement by Saudi officials who are said to have aided some of the hijackers before the attacks.

Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were Saudi nationals and three of them had previously worked for the kingdom. The document details how officials from Saudi embassies supported hijackers Salem al-Hazmi and Khalid Al-Mihdhar 18 months before 9/11. The officials allegedly helped them find apartments, learn English and obtain credit cards and cash. The documents state that the officials helped them learn how to blend into the American landscape.

The suit also produces evidence that officials in the Saudi embassy in Germany supported lead hijacker Mohamed Atta. It claims that a Saudi official was in the same hotel in Virginia with several hijackers the night before the attacks.

Obama and Bush had both opposed lawsuits against Saudi Arabia, citing its role as a key ally in the region. However in September 2016 the GOP-majority House overrode an Obama veto on a bill which grants an exception to the principle of “sovereign immunity” in cases of terrorism. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

  • bmoore4026

    I hope they win. It’s a long shot, but I still hope they win.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Can I join the lawsuit and recoup the 6-figures of out of pocket medical expenses that ultimately bankrupted me?

    • Todd20036

      That is actually a good question, and if I were you, I’d research that possibility.

      • Rebecca Gardner

        Hmm. Ya know. I think I will. I’m going to discuss this with my Attorney. I see him again real soon.

  • Well that there is pretty clearly an unintentional side-effect of GOP rashness… I’m sure most of the GOPers who voted for the bill and the override assumed only “bad” countries would be sued. (i.e., Iran)

    • Rebecca Gardner

      I think it’s cute that you think a GOPer would stop and think before acting. They truly are the party of, “Hold my beer.”

      • clay

        In Kansas, someone saying “Hold my beer/gold” is a sign that they are thinking ahead.

      • I’m old enough to remember Republicans who used to think before acting.

        • Veylon

          That was back when “conservative” implied caution rather than reaction.

  • Paula Key

    This will be bad news for Trump and his business dealings. His businesses world-wide will now come under more intense scrutiny. Any photo ops will Saudi or Russian officials will be tainted. It’s a matter of whether his fan base seems it that way.

    • Veylon

      Buddying up to Saudi is a red line for a fair share of them.

    • Tor

      They won’t. I use one of my cousins as a barometer. She can come up with an excuse for any of his actions. e.g. “bankruptcy is just a modern way of doing business.”

  • JoeMyGod

    You might recall that when Obama’s veto was overridden the Saudi government warned of trade sanctions (oil) and an end to joint anti-terrorism programs.

    • Thanks for the reminder.

    • Tor

      Then it’s about goddamned time we started switching to solar, wind and other renewable energy sources.

      • BJORN RAGNVALDR

        Oh, wait. Didn’t Drumph say coal was coming back, he promised, didn’t he?/s

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        • chris james

          The Saudis play a dangerous game by supporting certain terrorist groups, but they have the oil and we are greedy. Trump will not prevail…try shoving a lump of coal in the tank of your gas guzzling car.

        • McSwagg

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    • Ernest Endevor

      And also Americans and the US being prosecuted abroad.

  • Kelly Lape

    As a firm believer in the principle that the only good Republican is a dead Republican, it pains me to applaud their actions. However, applaud I must.

  • bkmn

    I hope this goes forward and in a very public way. Saudi Arabia would benefit from some disinfecting daylight.

    • TexasBoy

      Yes, but the strategy could also backfire with dire consequences for all.

      • Todd20036

        You mean we could end up seeing a sex tape of Hair Furor?

        • Tor

          My eyes just exploded.

    • well, gosh it really would! Bless their hearts.

  • Gigi

    Trump blames Saudi Arabia for 9/11, and slammed the Clinton Foundation for accepting donations from them, yet he still continues to do business with them. In fact, he set up eight new businesses there during the ejection campaign. Hypocrite, they name is Trump.

    • canoebum

      Yeah, but there was money to be made, so…no big deal. Winning!

    • Todd20036

      Saudi Arabia was never part of Trump’s “screening” of Muslim countries. SMH

    • Moebym the Persistent Returner

      A gay Republican said he couldn’t possibly vote for Hillary as her foundation had taken money from the Saudis.

      But Trump doing business with them is A-OK.

      • Gigi

        Jerk!

    • Ninja0980

      And all those who support him.

  • Blake J Butler

    HAHAHAHAH!!!!! the conservative blonde twit that’s close to my age, Tomi Lahren gets suspended by The Blaze. Not sure why she got suspended, but it was probably her appearance on the view where she claimed she was pro-choice.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2017/03/20/report-tomi-lahren-suspended-at-theblaze.html?via=desktop&source=copyurl

    • CottonBlimp

      *snort* I’m sure she’ll transition right into saying about how the Left doesn’t believe in freedom of speech on her blog.

      I see a sort of symmetry between her and Milo; they thought the right wing loved them for them, and in the end, it turns out the right wing only liked them because they were useful. They thought themselves the fascists’ mistresses, when they were only whores.

  • well, it’s about time. somebody had to. if people want to know why this country is as fucked up as it is right now? i’m so not even kidding when i say a) we’re talking hours, days in fact, just for the background reading. with charts, graphs and spreadsheets, to understand all the players and their positions. and b) if you want to tackle it from / emphasize a nationalist or religious angle, or even organized crime and the MIC, you should start around the 1) birth of the interwebs and the earliest articles you can find from back then, in terms of political reports and 2) focus on Turkey, Saudis, and Israel.

    you’ll have three dissertations’ worth of your own notes, that you have to process and partially memorize, before you begin to understand the history of “why where we are here now.” hint: you’ll almost never be reading from an american “mainstream” media outlet, except as an example of untruth and propaganda.

  • O/T funnies:
    https://twitter.com/markos/status/843941601537794048

    Because we all need as many laughs as we can muster.

    • billbear1961

      For God’s sake, LET HIM!!

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      If you don’t let him try, how will he ever learn?

    • William

      Don’t stop until you hit zrble zrble.

    • clay

      “He even turned on the laser level, causing a red dot to bob around on his orange body.”

      “The situation was thoroughly investigated [by the HR department of Fox News] and it was found that no one was put in any danger. He just showed off his unloaded drill [note the bit] in a professional and safe manner for educational purposes only.”

      • Ray Taylor

        The picture above clearly shows a bit in the drill. The bit seems to be the type used to make the hole for a tennon peg.

    • Kenster999

      A little trepanation never hurt anybody!

      • LesbianTippingHabits

        Not re tipping, but:

        Isn’t trepanation still technically a crime in 17 states?

        • Oh’behr

          I’m worried that it could be legal in others.
          And who could perform it on me.

        • Kenster999

          Really? Then you’d need a hole in your head to try it!

          • LesbianTippingHabits

            Under the Trump Administration, why not anyway?

    • BJORN RAGNVALDR

      Um, weird coinky dink, after many years away I bought a house on the street I grew up on, parents are four doors down and across the street in the house I grew up in. I always loved the house I ended up with, best living room windows in the neighborhood.
      The previous owner died several years ago but before that, her drug addicted son, on his court date instead went to police station to ask for his brain back, explained they stole it when he was arrested. To prove he had been looking for it, he pulled a coat hanger wire from his forehead to prove he had been looking for it. He had drilled a hole with an electric drill in order to look for it. This was the first of three times before he was committed.
      I still get mail for him.

      • hudson11

        😯 yikes

        • Oh’behr

          … and ouch. That’s very sad.

    • McSwagg
  • billbear1961

    Why isn’t Saudi Arabia on your list of banned countries, Drumpf, you greedy, goddamned HYPOCRITE??

    • Todd20036

      Especially after he chastised Clinton for accepting money from them for her foundation

      • clay

        (her husband’s/daughter’s foundation)

    • Jeffrey

      Probably for the same reason Obama vetoed the ability to sue them in the first place. Trade sanctions on oil. They and Russia own us.

      • billbear1961

        Russia certainly does–NOW.

        • Oh’behr

          well, probably not the average American. Yet the certainly have Drumpf by his pussy.

    • Bob

      Why wasn’t it on Obama’s?

      Just asking.

      The list of banned countries is the same list Obama used for ‘increased scrutiny.’ Selective outrage at its best.

      • billbear1961

        I do not recall Obama EVER doing anything remotely as bad as what Drumpf has gotten up to!

        False equivalencies at their best!

      • abqdan

        That’s a FOX talking point. The list that Obama proposed, and that Congress considered, was of countries thought to be dangerous for Americans to visit, not the other way around. Active vetting has always been in place for those countries. Obama never had a ‘banned list’ for travel to this country.

        • Bob’s a troll, neighbor. Best not to feed him.

          • Oh’behr

            Becca, good to know, TY.

          • McSwagg

            Sounds a lot like Troll Kate. She spewed the same story.

  • Sam_Handwich

    bush kept us safe

    • Todd20036

      Actually, HW kind of did

      • Tiger Quinn

        All of my dead military friends thank you for this comment.

  • MikeBx2
    • “Smile, Beeyotch. you just learned which ridiculous hair style for men is really in charge here. shut the fuck up and smile. don’t make me make you kiss me.”

      • MikeBx2

        lol

    • Bob

      At least he has the decency to look embarrassed. Hillary and Obama looked ready to blow them.

      • MikeBx2

        Haha. There’s literally a pic of W. Bush and the Saudi King lip locked, but you’re going on about what Hillary and Obama allegedly “looked ready” to do.

        • Lumpy Gaga

          “Kiss me you white devil.”

    • Jukesgrrl

      Look at those hands. Even weirder looking than most of Trump’s handshakes.

      • Stogiebear

        He isn’t even gripping the Saudi’s hand. He so very much wants not to be having this moment preserved for posterity, but what can he do? It’s family-safe to be photographed this way instead of with his lips locked to this young man’s anus.

    • Nychta

      But no handshake for Merkel – lucky her.

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      The look on Shitgibbon’s face: “Hope I don’t catch something from shaking hands with this wog.”

      • McSwagg

        “You’re safe donnie. The Arabs wipe with their left hand and eat with their right hand.”

  • The Saudi government is not our friend. They are HORRIBLE on human rights and funded terrorists including Al Qaeda. I have no problem with this lawsuit going forward.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      While I agree, it does open the U.S. to the same standard and scrutiny. The GOP won’t be happy about it.

      • BearEyes

        and that is why shrub and Obama vetoed it – too much of a can of worms/Pandora’s box.

      • MBear

        Opening the US to the same scrutiny might not be a bad thing…?

        • Jean-Marc in Canada

          Exactly my point.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    This could end up putting Trump Pence on the spot (I doubt Trump will still be president by the time this gets to court).

    • clay

      Depending on how the investigation of Flynn goes, and if he turns state’s witness, Pence might be flushed before Trump.

      • Todd20036

        President Ryan. Not my first choice, but better than Trump or Pence.

        Yes, the bar is set that low

        • BearEyes

          lyin’ ryan is no prize – his ultimate Ayn Rand fetish wet dream is to completely destroy the social safety net built up over many decades in this country. He’ll turn us back to the 1830’s given the chance.

          • Todd20036

            if he gets into office this way, he won’t get shit done. The goods will be too scared

        • clay

          Would the House send in Ryan just to be rid of him? The GOP can’t really afford to lose a senator right now, but they
          could pull someone from retirement.

          • mdub in Puyallup

            Ryan is in the House. They are safe.

  • Jaywithwords

    This will go on for 10 years.

  • SoCalGal20

    Fox and Kremlin using the same propaganda.

    https://twitter.com/andreachalupa/status/843955427146645505

    • billbear1961

      Then why, Fox “News,” is the White House, through Spicer, so desperately trying to distance itself from Manafort: “He played only a SMALL part in Trump’s campaign!”

      Manafort is corrupt as HELL, and so is TRUMP!!

      • McSwagg

        When the Mercers, who originally back Cruz, decided to back dRumpf, Bannon was a non-negotiable part of the deal. Thus, Manafort had to go.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    While it is gratifying to see that families can sue Saudi Arabia, the U.S. needs to understand that by opening up the ‘sovereign immunity’ clause, the U.S. now stands to be sued for its illegal actions. After all, the Iraq war can be, and is, considered an act of terrorism in many parts of the world. It’s a literal sauce for the goose situation.

    • Circ09

      Honestly, I think it would be good for the USA to get sued. It’s the only way we are likely to have open discussion about our acts since 9-11. We should pay a heavy penalty worldwide for Gitmo alone.

      • billbear1961

        Hear, hear!

    • billbear1961

      As it should be, JM.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Oh, I agree. It’s long overdue.

    • Canadian Observer

      But, but, but… American exceptionalism! #MAGA

      • billbear1961

        It’s exceptional, all right–the most backwards and brutal of the most industrialized democracies–although we must say “democracy,” NOW.

        It proves its goddamned “exceptionalism” as its federal government prepares to strip MILLIONS of their healthcare insurance, leaving THOUSANDS to DIE every year without sufficient care; and to let the most desperately vulnerable in society–the oldest and the YOUNGEST–STARVE without adequate funds for Meals on Wheels or food stamps!

        Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.

        And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.

    • NowVoyager
  • Bob

    Thank God Obama’s veto was over-ruled. Yet another reason to be glad that he’s gone.

    • Todd20036

      Go away Troll

    • Tiger Quinn

      You’re dumb.

      • Bob

        Just realistic. For a Constitutional lawyer, Obama had a very tenuous appreciation for that document.

        Just asked the American citizen he murdered with a drone strike without due process.

        Just saying.

        • djcoastermark

          just sayin shee ite carp again I see. byebye troll.

        • stevenj

          Obama was a community organizer, civil rights lawyer and taught constitutional law. Unless you have a link that states otherwise? “Constitutional lawyer”?

          GW Bush’s “friendly fire” incidents:

          2004: AFGHANISTAN-PAT TILLMAN

          It was a celebrated moment when Pat Tillman turned down an NFL contract with the Arizona Cardinals to join the military after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He was serving in the 75th Ranger Regiment when he was killed in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004. The military said officers knew within hours that his death was from friendly fire but violated regulations by not telling Tillman’s family or the public for five weeks.

          Some of the details that later emerged: Tillman was close enough to see the men shooting at him when he was killed; his uniform was burned after his death; medical examiners’ suspicions about the bullet holes in his head were ignored; and comrades were ordered not to discuss his death. Just one day after approving a medal citation claiming Tillman had been cut down by “devastating enemy fire” in Afghanistan, a high-ranking general tried to warn President George W. Bush that the story might not be true.

          2003: IRAQ-DEADLY DAY

          On one of the Iraq war’s deadliest days for American troops, as many as 10 Marines were killed by U.S. airstrikes ordered by a Marine air controller who mistook their vehicles for enemy forces. A Pentagon investigation of the events of March 23, 2003, found “communications problems throughout the battalion.” While under heavy fire from Iraqi artillery, rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and small arms, Charlie Company requested close air support, and two A-10 attack planes responded to the call. The Marine forward air controller cleared the A-10s to fire on the vehicles, not realizing they were from Charlie Company. The attack planes made multiple strikes until they were eventually told to cease fire.

          2002: AFGHANISTAN-CANADIANS KILLED

          Four Canadians died in April 2002 when an American pilot dropped a 500-pound bomb near where the troops were apparently conducting a live-fire exercise. The pilot blamed the bombing on the “fog of war,” saying he mistook the Canadians’ gunfire for an attack by Taliban forces. He said his superiors never told him the Canadians would be conducting live-fire exercises that night.

          2001: AFGHANISTAN-KARZAI’S CLOSE CALL

          Three American soldiers and five Afghans died when special forces troops escorting Hamid Karzai’s fighters called in an airstrike meant to hit Taliban positions on Dec. 5, 2001. Instead, a B-52 bomber dropped a 2,000-pound satellite-guided bomb on a battalion command post occupied by the American forces and Afghan allies, including Karzai, the future president. Pentagon officials later said the bomb went astray, because the Air Force combat controller who set the coordinates for the attack had changed the batteries on his GPS receiver, which reset the coordinates back to the user’s own location rather than the Taliban position.

          http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/long-unfortunate-history-friendly-fire-accidents-u-s-conflicts/

    • billbear1961

      Fuck off!

  • j.martindale

    Don’t know that any good will come of this, but the Saudis are horrible. Their religion is cruel. The 911 terrorism deserves punishment. And they are a major player in the oil industry that is destroying the earth and causing misery everywhere. If we break ties with them, so be it. They have been as much a part of international terrorism as any of them.

    • Oh’behr

      Yes, they are a very conservative sect of Islam.

  • LesbianTippingHabits

    I wonder if this was inspired by the Saturday Night Live parody commercial for “Complicit” scent from Ivanka Trump Kushner.

    Apparently, google searches for “Complicit” soared after the broadcast.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      “Google, what means ‘complicit’?”

  • Randy503

    In the photo lineup of the terrorists, I always thought the guy third from the left, middle row, was pretty cute. There was a rumor that only the leaders of the hijacking knew they were on a suicide mission and lied to the others that it would just be a routine hijacking. Don’t know if it’s true or not….

    • Tor

      Now that I am the age I am, anyone under 40 now looks “cute.”

      • grada3784

        For me, it’s anyone who’s still breathing.

  • Ninja0980

    15 out of the 19 hijackers came from Saudi Arabia and they are hard at work exporting the type of Islamic extremism that led to this attack around the world.
    They deserved to be sued into the ground, if only to stop their poison from spreading even more.

    • sandollar_man

      That’s very true. And if I hadn’t read the book “Confessions of an Economic Hitman”, I would still be thinking that a kind of revenge like that, would be justified.
      But that book told the story of how American companies, in concert with our government, use a type of economic terrorism over countries that won’t give us a good deal on their natural resources. It tells the story of how the economic hitmen attempt to subvert and co-opt the leaders of other countries. But then if that pressure doesn’t work, they have sometimes allied with rebels to eliminate by assassination, those unresponsive leaders.
      If I didn’t feel a sense of responsibility for the deaths of all of those innocent Iraqi’s, I might seek the solace of that revenge mentality.
      I allowed GWB to make me, and all of us, accomplices to mass murder. I should have been in the streets protesting, and applying lots more pressure to limit the war to Afghanistan.

      I must confess that I was watching that morning when we (the GWB admin) attacked the innocent people of Baghdad. I had been sucked in by CNN’s graphics and the propaganda machine. I recorded many hours. Those tapes are in a box in the corner of a bedroom closet. My “shame box”. I suspect I’ll harbor it for the rest of my life.
      I haven’t watched CNN since. Nor have I watched Fox again. Both were major cheerleaders of that despicable act of vengeful “over-kill”.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Ah, good times.

  • abqdan

    As always, more complex than you might think… Gut reaction is to cheer – but there was a valid reason for Obama to resist that change. There’s a real concern over the effect on the US as a result. It’s one of those ‘pull a thread’ things that could easily unravel a lot of diplomacy. Saudi IS guilty of at least looking the other way – but if we allow individuals to sue nations this way, you can bet we’ll see a stream of lawsuits coming back at us, and we’ll damage strategic relations with other countries in the region.

  • justme

    MAybe they should add Dick Cheney’s name to the list…

  • Michael

    As someone who would have been underneath one of the trade towers when the planes hit if he hadn’t been running 10 minutes late to work, it’s a pity they can’t sue the US gov’t because there are too many things that just don’t add up and the only way they actually do add up is if Bush was behind it.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    This is why I want America off the oil habit and why I’m so angry at the idiots keeping us from moving on to renewables. As long as we snork up oil as much as Rump snorks up coke, the Saudis will continue to get away with shit a non-oil producing country would never dare do.

  • SDG

    That… is NOT a good thing. So, will all the people who have family members killed by the US, go and sue the US? There are not enough courts and judges in the world.

  • Joseph Miceli

    Good . The Saudis have never been our ” Friends.” They use us and I do not want to send one more of our young people to die in a war that benefits The Saudi tyrants .

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  • Timothy George Lehman

    Hopefully this legal investigation, under oath, could also begin to flush out for the first time in 16 years whether or not 9/11 was an American government inside job as recent factual evidence implies. https://m.facebook.com/ae911truth/