Monday, April 02, 2018

ANDREW KREIG: 9/11 Case Against Saudis Moves Forward - The Tide Has Turned

Advocates for the truth finally receive recognition  

By Andrew Kreig

On March 28, a New York federal judge issued a major ruling helping to hold Saudi Arabian defendants accountable for the 9/11 terror attacks. The pre-trial ruling on behalf of family members of 9/11 victims largely reversed a previous ruling granting defendants sovereign immunity. 

Also, the ruling thwarted the Saudi government, whose Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited U. S. power brokers the past week to discuss major arms and oil deals and strategic interests. 

The victory for 9/11 family members stemmed from their determination with the support of grassroots truth-seekers and several bold congressional leaders who ultimately won majorities for a recent law, JASTA. 

Several of these figures are shown in the below photo during at 2016 press conference on Capitol Hill. 

9/11 Victim family member Terry Strada calls for records release and accountability at a 2016 press conference at the U.S. Capitol along with her daughter Kaitlyn and three congressional supporters, left to right, Rep. Tom Massie (R-KY), Walter Jones (R-NC) and Stephen Lynch (D-MA). Photo: Justice Integrity Project

They include 9/11 widow Terri Strada (national chair for 9/11 Families and Survivors United for Justice Against Terrorism, her daughter Kaitlyn and the three main congressional supporters of the families in their fight for the legal right to obtain suppressed records implicating Saudis. MSNBC interviewed Terry Strada March 30 in the segment: Judge Allows Suit Alleging Saudi Arabia Financed 9/11 Attacks To Move Forward.

The guest column below is by a grassroots supporter of the families and full disclosure, Les Jamieson, a founder of the website HR 14 that advocated for years for release of a suppressed "28-page" segment of the 2002 9/11 report from the Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities before and after the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001.

This column, which originally appeared at the 9/11 Truth Action Project site, is part of ongoing coverage by the Justice Integrity Project. An appendix below provides links to recent and background materials. 

By Les Jamieson

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 has 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 that Saudi Arabia was protected by sovereign immunity.

Declassification of the 28 pages on July 15, 2016 and passage of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) that September changed everything. A convergence of events leading to the 15th anniversary of the attacks brought momentum that even the power of the security state could not withstand.

Within a month after passage of JASTA, families filed an amended complaint that reinstated Saudi Arabia, plus two additional family lawsuits. Then an appeal by the plaintiffs in response to release of Saudi Arabia was won. However, the Saudi defense team moved for dismissal again. These events culminated in a hearing in January.

U.S. District Judge George Daniels
On Wednesday, March 28, Judge George Daniels, who had previously released the Saudi's from the lawsuit, has denied their motion to dismiss and ruled in favor of the 9/11 families.

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." [His 41-page ruling is here. In 2015, the judge (a Clinton appointee) had ruled that the country had sovereign immunity against such claims.] A short Reuters article provides some background from a "mainstream media" perspective.

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 seven years it took to pass JASTA, which only occurred due to a Congressional override of an Obama veto.
Strong U.S.-Saudi Ties

In a 2002 photo below are President George W. Bush and Prince Bandar (White House photo by Eric Draper Aug. 2, 2002). 

Below left is Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who traveled to the United States in late March to pave the way for stronger Saudi-U.S. ties. 

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.

That extends also 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 lawsuits against U.S. acts of aggression that 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 whistleblower testimony for years. The Saudi ambassador, Prince Bandar, a 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 (shown below), the current independent counsel investigating the alleged ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, obscure the 9/11 evidence trail that would have lead to the Saudis?

What else did the National Security Agency 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.

Les Jamieson is a founder of It provides background on H.RES. 14, which was submitted to Congress on Jan. 6, 2015 (Senate Bill 1471 and H.RES. 779). The purpose of these pieces of legislation was to declassify and release 28 pages from the “Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001.″ 

At last year's Inauguration of the Trump presidency, the above column's author Les Jamieson is shown at right near the mid-way point of the parade at 7th Streeet NW holding up a "Protect JASTA" banner with his colleague Richard Ochs calling for lawmakers enable truth-seeking on 9-11 via the law. Photo: Justice Integrity Project

Background Materials On 9/11 Research

Andrew Kreig

Andrew Kreig, Esq.
Andrew Kreig is Justice Integrity Project Executive Director and co-founder with over two decades experience as an attorney and non-profit executive in Washington, DC. An author and longtime investigative reporter, his primary focus since 2008 has been exploring allegations of official corruption and other misconduct in federal agencies. He has been a consultant and volunteer leader in advising several non-profit groups fostering cutting-edge applications within the communications industries. 

As president and CEO of the Wireless Communications Association International (WCAI) from 1996 until 2008, Kreig led its worldwide advocacy that helped create the broadband wireless industry. Previously, he was WCAI vice president and general counsel, an associate at Latham & Watkins, law clerk to a federal judge, author of the book Spiked about the newspaper business and a longtime reporter for the Hartford Courant.

Listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World from the mid-1990s and currently, he holds law degrees from the University of Chicago School of Law and from Yale Law School. Reared in New York City, his undergraduate degree in history is from Cornell University, where he was a student newspaper editor, rowing team member, and Golden Gloves boxer.



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