White House Protest Will Counter Obama-Saudi Campaign to Kill 9/11 Lawsuit Bill

White HouseAs the Obama administration and the Saudi government lobby Congress to prevent an override of the president’s promised veto of a bill that would enable 9/11 lawsuits against the kingdom, family members are organizing a White House protest of that veto for this Tuesday.

9/11 family members, survivors and other concerned citizens will convene near the White House at Lafayette Square on Tuesday, September 20 at 12:30 pm and organizers are arranging for bus transportation. If you can join them, you’re encouraged to sign up at passJASTA.org (whether you need transportation or not).

Effort to Kill 9/11 Bill Quietly Strengthens

The bill at the center of this controversy is the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), which has now passed both the Senate and House via unanimous voice votes. President Obama has until Friday, September 23 to veto the measure, and appears likely to use all of that time to lobby lawmakers against overriding him.

With Congress poised to go on a lengthy election-season recess, the delay could also prevent the override vote from happening until much later this year, when legislators won’t face voter retaliation if they help Obama kill the measure.

Bob Corker and Saudi Prince Bandar
Senator Corker and Saudi Prince Bandar

The New York Times reported yesterday that “already, cracks are showing, even among Republicans who generally would love to exercise the first veto override against Mr. Obama.” One of those wavering Republicans is Tennessee senator Bob Corker, who told the Times that passing the law would encourage other countries to reciprocate, exposing the U.S. government to suits filed by family members of innocent victims of U.S. drone strikes.

Since he isn’t up for re-election this year, Corker is a logical point man for Republicans who are sympathetic to the administration’s drive to kill the bill. Corker has also supported Saudi Arabia’s U.S.-facilitated war in Yemen, which is creating mass suffering among Yemen’s population while strengthening al-Qaeda’s position in the country.

In July, 28 long-classified pages from a 2002 congressional intelligence inquiry into 9/11 were declassified. They catalog dozens of inter-connections between Saudi government employees, suspected intelligence operatives, al-Qaeda associates and individuals who aided the 9/11 hijackers. Some of the most important revelations concerned the then-Saudi ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar bin Sultan.

9/11 Commission’s Bob Kerrey Supports JASTA

In a piece for The Hill yesterday, former senator and 9/11 Commission member Bob Kerrey fully endorsed JASTA, declaring that “signing this bill into law will be an act of justice and will help make the United States homeland a safer place to live.”

He also refuted repeated claims by the Obama administration and the Saudi kingdom that the 9/11 Commission report is evidence of Saudi Arabia’s innocence. “This is not true.  It is true that the Commission did not conclude that the Saudis were guilty but we most definitely did not conclude that they were not involved.  In fact there was considerable evidence suggesting just the opposite,” wrote Kerrey.

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ACTION ALERT: Sign White House Petition for Release of 28 Pages

Editor’s Note: This petition is no longer active and did not reach the 100,000 required signatures. 

A new front has just opened in the campaign to declassify 28 pages on foreign government funding of the 9/11 hijackers: A White House petition, timed to correspond with increased media coverage of the issue around the upcoming anniversary of the attacks.

It’s been a year since the White House directed the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to review the 28 pages for possible declassification. That means the review of just 28 pages of material has already taken longer than the broad-ranging and unprecedented joint congressional inquiry that produced the 28 pages in the first place. Enough is enough.

911 wtc aerialPlease sign the petition right away. You don’t have to create an account, just enter your name and email address. That takes less than a minute, and we’ll all be another step closer to reading 28 pages that forced Congressman Thomas Massie to stop every couple pages and rearrange his “understanding of history.” You’ll also help 9/11 family members and survivors in their drive for courtroom justice against the financiers of 9/11.

We need 100,000 signatures in 30 days—and yours is one of them. When we hit that mark, the White House will be compelled to break its silence on the 28 pages and issue a response. More important, the petition will bring increased media attention, greater pressure on Congress to pass H.Res.14 and S.1471, and more pressure on the president to do the right thing.

Please share this post or the link to the petition with as many people as you can–in as many ways as you can. Share it on Facebook and Twitter, email your friends, post it on message boards and link to it in comments on 9/11-related news stories. Use your imagination, but please do it now—we have 30 days to collect 100,000 signatures.

Donate SmallPlease chip in to help us advertise the petition. Your gift to 28Pages.org can be used to buy wider exposure on social media. For example, a $28 donation may help us present the petition to 21,000 more people on Facebook; $280 could present it to as many as 150,000 people. The forces that oppose the release of the 28 pages are silent but powerful. To prevail, the 28 pages movement needs your help in building awareness.

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