There has been an ongoing lawsuit against Saudi Arabia by victims and family members of victims of September 11th. More allegations have been made in the ongoing lawsuit where the plaintiffs alleged the embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C. were funding a so-called dry run where they used two of their employees to facilitate the attacks.
Saudi Arabia is the home of the majority of individuals who were responsible for the September 11th attacks. The attacks left more than 3,000 people dead and occurred over 16 years ago. Many firefighters, police officers, and EMTs passed away as a result of helping those affected by the attacks, while numerous civilians perished leaving a state and a country forever changed.
This new complaint alleges further the country of Saudi Arabia and its government paid two of their nationals to pretend to be students and fly from Phoenix, Arizona to Washington, D.C. in an attempt to see how smoothly things would go in terms of delivery, execution, and security.
More than 1,400 family members of victims of the attack filed this complaint. The lawsuit is a class action because of how many people are attached to the suit. The basis of the suit is focused on the pattern of financial and operational support the lead attorney argues was behind Saudi Arabian support for the 9/11 attackers.
The lead attorney on the case for the 9/11 plaintiffs is Sean Carter who told reporters the following concerning the recent revelation:
“We’ve long asserted that there were longstanding and close relationships between al Qaeda and the religious components of the Saudi government.”
Not surprisingly, lawyers for the Saudi Arabian government have filed motions to dismiss all the claims against them. However, they are not going to be able to get out of it that easily. Mainly because these new allegations come from a substantial and well-respected source, the FBI.
FBI documents used as evidence indicate that two nationals of Saudi Arabia who went by the names of Mohammed al-Qudhaeein and Hamdan al-Shalaw were really agents for Saudi Arabia sent to infiltrate airlines.
They both had an indirect participatory relation to the September 11th attacks which allowed the attacks themselves to take place. Which in most peoples’ books makes them directly liable. It is further alleged they were trained in Afghanistan with al-Qaeda operatives who were not so coincidently apart of the attacks.
While both of these animals lived in Arizona, they were in regular and constant contact with the hijacker pilot of Saudi Arabian nationality as well as a terrorist leader who is currently imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay. One had tried to enter the United States but was turned away because he was on a terrorist watch list.
Qudhaeein had previously been employed by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs in Saudi Arabia. Shalawi had also been a lifelong employee in various capacities for the Saudi Arabian government. Both of these animals had been found to have tried to enter the cockpit of an America West flight in 1999 where they had been caught testing flight deck security prior to the attempted hijackings.
A summary of the FBI case files read the following,
“After they boarded the plane in Phoenix, they began asking the flight attendants technical questions about the flight that the flight attendants found suspicious.”
The Daily Mail reported the following,
“‘When the plane was in flight, al-Qudhaeein asked where the bathroom was; one of the flight attendants pointed him to the back of the plane,’ it added. ‘Nevertheless, al-Qudhaeein went to the front of the plane and attempted on two occasions to enter the cockpit.’ Pilots were forced to make an emergency landing in Ohio, where FBI agents arrested Qudhaeein and Shalawi.
After an initial interrogation, however, they were released from FBI custody. ‘The dry run reveals more of the fingerprints of the Saudi government,’ said Kristen Breitweiser, whose husband was killed at the World Trade Center.’These guys were Saudi government employees for years and were paid by the Saudi government,’ she added. ‘In fact, the Saudi Embassy paid for their plane tickets for the dry run.’ Carter said that the new allegation added to the lawsuit stem from ‘nearly 5,000 pages of evidence submitted of record and incorporated by reference into the complaint,’ along with ‘every FBI report that we have been able to obtain.’ Hundreds of thousands of US documents relating to Saudi Arabia still remain secret.”
There will never be real peace for the families of the victims of September 11th. Their family members and loved ones are forever gone and there is no way to change that. That fateful day remains an indelible mark in our countries history. Even when this lawsuit closes the likelihood of anyone finding peace will be slim. However, it is certainly a good step in the right direction towards marginally righting a most grievous and unforgivable wrong.
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