Obama Succumbs To Saudi Pressure, Will Veto Sept 11 Lawsuit Bill

Tyler Durden's picture

Following Saudi threats to destabilize the financial system if the US were to enact a Bill that would allow an investigation into Saudi Arabia's support of September 11 terrorist attacks, many were watching closely how Obama would react. The president made it clear last night when as CNN reports, the White House threatened to veto the bipartisan bill to let families victimized by the 9/11 terrorist attacks sue Saudi Arabia while a GOP senator privately sought to block the measure.

The White House and State Department are bluntly warning lawmakers not to proceed with the legislation due to "fears" it could have dramatic ramifications for the United States and citizens living abroad to retaliatory lawsuits.

The President lands in Riyadh Wednesday for talks with Saudi Arabia over ISIS and Iran at a time of strained relations between the countries, making the bill's timing that much more sensitive.

The move comes as presidential candidates from both parties are seizing on the legislation to score points with New York voters ahead of Tuesday's critical primary there.

As reported over the weekend, one of the biggest supporters of the bill is none other than New York democrat Chuck Schumer, the likely next Senate Democratic leader, who has found himself pitted squarely against the Obama administration.

As CNN adds, the stepped-up lobbying against the legislation comes as it faces fresh roadblocks on Capitol Hill, with party leaders learning that a GOP senator is objecting to taking up the bill, according to a source familiar with the legislation. The senator's identity has not yet been revealed publicly.

Proponents of the measure, for their part, are intensifying their pressure campaign.

"If Saudi Arabia participated in terrorism, of course they should be able to be sued," Schumer said Monday. "This bill would allow a suit to go forward and victims of terrorism to go to court to determine if the Saudi government participated in terrorist acts. If the Saudis did, they should pay a price."

Obama, however, disagrees for whatever reasons.

As we reported yesterday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest fired back, warning that it would jeopardize international sovereignty and put the U.S. at "significant risk" if other countries adopted a similar law. "It's difficult to imagine a scenario where the President would sign it," Earnest said.

And that's the problem because to most Americans it is incomprehensible why Obama would roadblock something that is so critical to getting to the bottom of the worst terrorist attack on US soil.

As a reminder, the proposed Bipartisan Bill, which Schumer and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas are pushing, would prevent Saudi Arabia and other countries alleged to have terrorist ties from invoking their sovereign immunity in federal court.

Saudi Arabia has long denied any role in the 9/11 attacks, but victims' families have repeatedly sought to bring the matter to court, only to be rebuffed after the country has invoked legal immunity allowed under current law. However, as the White House itself admitted yesterday, it was the Saudis who were the source of Al Qaeda's seed funding.

"It makes minor adjustments to our laws that would clarify the ability of Americans attacked on U.S. soil to get justice from those who have sponsored that terrorist attack," Cornyn said of the bill, which is entitled the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act.


Not Just Obama

It's not just Obama who is holding back the Bill: a GOP senator is privately holding up the bill, an obstacle that would require Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to file time-consuming procedural motions to move past. He would need 60 votes to overcome the objection, but it is uncertain whether he will move on the measure before his colleague's issues are ironed out. Not surprisingly, the objector has yet to step up: "no senator has yet claimed responsibility for privately voicing the objection."

Under the rules of the Senate, any one senator can privately inform his or her party leadership of plans to place a "hold" to block legislation. His or her name would not become public unless a senator took to the Senate floor and tried to advance the bill, forcing the opponent to object. That scenario has not yet occurred as negotiations to find a way forward continue behind the scenes. Cornyn said that while several senators originally had placed holds on the measure, they had all relented save one.

Cornyn added that "part of the concern is that somehow this is a thumb in the eye to Saudi Arabia, a valuable ally," he said. So because it is a valuable ally its support of terrorism on US soil should be ignored.

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While Saudi Arabia has not been directly and officially implicated in the 9/11 attacks - yet - 15 of the 19 hijackers were of Saudi descent. Moreover, there has long been suspicion about ties between the royal family of Saudi Arabia to al Qaeda, speculation that has only intensified as 28 pages of a congressional investigation into the 9/11 attacks remains classified. As pressure grows on Congress to let 9/11 victims' families pursue their claims against Saudi Arabia in federal court, Saudi officials are quickly pushing back.

Following the Saudi threat to dump its US denominated assets, including billions in US Treasurys, Cornyn was quick to dismiss the threat: "It's seems overly defensive to me and I doubt they can do it," he said in response. "I don't think we should let foreign countries dictate the domestic policy of the United States so, no, it doesn't bother me at all."


Presidential Candidates Get On The Action

Presidential candidates were also unmoved. Ahead of the New York primary, both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders voiced muted support to align themselves with the Cornyn-Schumer bill. Or rather Bernie did: Hillary appears to be on the fence, and while she said in a Sunday appearance on ABC that she had to study the bill and would not take a position, a spokesman later said she backs the bill.

Sanders, in a statement Sunday night, announced that he supports the bill and called on the Obama administration to declassify the 28 pages of the 9/11 report that could implicate Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, Trump evinced no concern about Saudi Arabia's threat to sell off U.S. assets. "Let 'em sell 'em," Trump said. "No big deal."

Trump added: "Hey, look, we protect Saudi Arabia. We protect them for peanuts. If we weren't protecting them, they wouldn't be there for a week."

However, for now just one person's opinion matters: the one shown on the left.

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Latina Lover's picture

Gee, I wonder why Wikileaks has never published the 28 pages.

BaBaBouy's picture

Sharia Law Coming Next ..............?

RELEASE THE Fucking 28 PAGES ...!

Latina Lover's picture

Obama will never release the 28 pages unless he wants to be JFK'ed.  Besides, we have all the evidence we need to find out who REALLY was responsible for 9/11. 

BaBaBouy's picture

<==== O-B Doing The Saudi's Work ?

<==== O-B Just A Great Democrat ?

weburke's picture

just more totally fake theater

WTFRLY's picture

The United States of Saudi Israelia is an integral part of the Joo World Order, can't have any division.

TeamDepends's picture

The White House and State Department FEAR ramifications. Excellent! It's about damn time.

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

It's ironic that Zerohedgers criticize President Obama for vetoing this ridiculous piece of legislation, when the man actually responsible for 9/11, Osama Bin Laden, was captured during his term. Conservatives always forget that. The man responsible for 9/11 is dead now - he was dumped in the middle of the ocean. Can we just put this issue to rest now?


onewayticket2's picture

"Land of the Free and Home of the Brave."



847328_3527's picture

The only way victims of 911 will get attention is the Al Sharpton technique of intimidation, looting and blocking expressways and malls while screaming and throwing rocks.


Other wise, they will be ignored.

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

Selling out American citizens who have lost loved ones to foreign terrorism.  Way to go White Housenigger!  Allah Akbar!

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

Everone has the dirt on everyone else, because they are ALL corrupt.  Obama is scared to release the dirt on the Saudi's because he's afraid they will release the dirt on us, not because he's worried about them selling treasuries.  Thats the only reason Hillary isn't in prison too.  She's warned everone to call off their attack dogs, because if they send her to the big house, she isn't going to go alone.

Muh Raf's picture

Seed capital for al Qaaidah? That's hilarious. Did they present a business plan? There's no such group as Al Qaaidah and there never was. Just another western fictional overlay. The Saudis are the spiritual heads of the Takfeeri/Salafi/Wahhaabi sects and as such they bankroll almost all of the Salafi mosques all around the world, since it extends their own reach. In the international game their creed is far more important to the balance of world power than all their oil and US treasury holdings combined. It is this need of the west that means their regime will never be allowed to fall. Israel's regime will be allowed to fall before the Saudi regime does and that's all day, every day.

Scuba Steve's picture

Maybe its time she gets Breitbarted ...

Ivanka2032's picture

Is this what they call 'RE NIGGING'?

crazzziecanuck's picture

... and yet Iraqis can't sue America for destroying their country.

Mr. Bones's picture


Apparently this means that, "We can't hold those responsible for terrorism because we will be held responsible for terrorism"


"Unlock that iPhone because we say so, and no, the Chinese, Russians or terror supporting nations won't ask for the same treatment"

Can exist in the same mind without killing the host.

SWRichmond's picture

Apparently this means that, "We can't hold those responsible for terrorism because we will be held responsible for terrorism"

+1.  I find myself hoping that foreigners sue the US government right out of existence, rightly, for murdering millions globally just because it could.  And then when US citizens find out their own government was complicit in the 9/11 attacks, they get to pile on, too. 

The whole shitshow is being revealed as a giant...shitshow.  I can't think of another bunch of murderous, cruel, greedy, insane, death-loving sociopathic fucks I'd rather it happen to.

Yes, RNC, I include you.

Life of Illusion's picture


ask Chuck Schumer what he whats, why now 15years later....game playing

azusgm's picture

More MDB satire again.

Noticed the author of the comment just in time to keep my head from exploding.

True Blue's picture

Jonathan Swift was satire; MDB is just pathetic.

Fish Gone Bad's picture

Can we just put this issue to rest now?

Publish the 28 pages.  Honestly MDB you act like there is something to hide.

ClydeCrashcup's picture


Can we just put this issue to rest now?

Funny how that request never works whenever I get pulled over for a speeding ticket, or audited by the IRS.

Scuba Steve's picture

Here is some corn and oats sheep ... STFU and eat.

Tulak's picture

onservatives are simply 100% idiots!

Badsamm's picture

I'm not sure why I am suppose to care if certain Ameriecans overseas were sued. I'm not sure why DC thinks no one should go to jail or pay for their criminal behavior.

We watched people fall and jump from buildings on live TV, but a report of that day is too shocking for adults to see?

These excuses are wet shit

cheech_wizard's picture

Just remember who did the bowing.

Standard Disclaimer: Pay attention people.

TruthHunter's picture

A Great Democrat ?

What exactly is a great democrat? Is that like GS doing "Gods work"

Maybe I shoud check that one...

skinwalker's picture

The 28 pages have been altered to implicate the saudis or whoever instead of the real criminals. 

onewayticket2's picture

how?  Sandy Burger is dead.

azusgm's picture

Dick Cheney is alive, but that doesn't mean that he and the Saudis didn't work together. Cheney is the one who sent the planes to fly the bin Ladins out of the country when no one was allowed to fly other than military. He stood up and admitted this.

MasterControl's picture

Wait so Barry is protecting Dick Cheney? Is this your other account MDB?

conscious being's picture

MasterControl, hmmm, never seen you here before. If you want to sell the false dichotomy around these parts, you're gonna have to try harder.

Obummer revealed as the traitorous crimminal he is.

nuubee's picture

Jesus Obama, you don't have to confirm who has the most control over our government so blatantly after Donalds Op-Ed. Can't you at least wait until people have forgotten it?

BaBaBouy's picture

Republico de Bananaci ...

Anasteus's picture

They can't. The moment they release the document the traces will go directly to the us government, which, in this particular case, means the resounding end of the us system as we know it. Just imagine how the people get furious if they find out their own government killed American citizens.

However, they still may release the document with fully redacted content, except for the initial 'Dear Mr.'

Chupacabra-322's picture

It is beyond the slightest shadow of doubt that Israeli agents had foreknowledge of the
9/11 attacks, and, together with scientific forensic proof of controlled demolitions of WTC 1, 2 and 7.

The very first people arrested on suspicion of involvement in the 9/11 attacks turned out to be five Israeli Jews: Sivan Kurzberg, Paul Kurzberg (Sivan's brother), Oded Ellner, Yaron Shmuel and Omer Marmari. Their white Urban Moving Systems van was stopped and they were arrested within hours of the attacks, on the afternoon of 9/11/01. Sivan Kurzberg, Ellner and Shmuel had been observed by several eyewitnesses at the rear parking lot of the Doric apartment complex in Union City, New Jersey. They were seen atop the van with cameras, high-fiving, smiling, joking with cries of joy and mockery, hugging each other, and taking photographs and video of the Twin Towers within a few minutes of the first plane impact.

Marc Perelman of New York's Jewish weekly The Forward reported on March 15, 2002 that the FBI had concluded that at least two of the Israelis were agents working for the Mossad, and their employer Urban Moving Systems Incorporated was a suspected intelligence front. On September 14, 2001, Urban's owner Dominick Suter fled the U.S. for Israel. Perelman also tells on video of how he was able to confirm that, according to the FBI, two of the five Israelis were "Mossad agents". Christopher Ketcham says the transcripts of the Carl Cameron report were later removed from the Fox News website following pressure from Abe Foxman of the ADL, and replaced with the rather Orwellian message: "This story no longer exists".

When arrested, the Israelis - dubbed the "High-Fivers" by the FBI - were found to have airline tickets with immediate travel dates for destinations world-wide, and tie-ins to 9/11. Dual US-Israeli citizen Michael Chertoff, who co-authored the USA Patriot Act" and headed the Justice Department's Criminal Division in the aftermath of 9/11, is a prime suspect for pulling strings to get the Israelis released and sent home.

Ferrari's picture

What kabuki! Yes, the Terrorists run the show, but we didn't need the extra evidence to realize the fact. 911 ended the pretense of a Republic. This is just further evidence that we're living in Sham Civilzation.

jus_lite_reading's picture

BTW, TRUMP is once again, 100% correct.

TradingIsLifeBrah's picture
TradingIsLifeBrah (not verified) jus_lite_reading Apr 19, 2016 9:03 AM

If the US pulls its implicit military support from Saudi Arabia, the country will be Iraq or worst within a month.  This is why we need Trump in office. When these foreigners try to pull their bullshit threats, Trump will call them on it.

jus_lite_reading's picture

When I saw that Saudi Arabia first wanted to give German 1 BILLION Euros to build 100 new Mosques in Germany, then upped that to 2 BILLION EUROS to build 200 new Mosques in Germany, NOT to help the refugees, I knew who the enemy is and who the west will be going to war with in the next 10 years or less.

conscious being's picture

Ok, fess up. Who gave the Trumpo the Clown posse 15 upvotes? KSA is just a tool of the Cabal. Trumpo would never, ever go where the trail leads.

jus_lite_reading's picture



'Obamaphone' fraud kept quiet until after program expanded



junction's picture

A workaround to protect the Saudi head choppers would be for Manchurian Candidate Obama to truthfully admit that the hijackers were employees and contract workers for the CIA, working on this black project for Dick Cheney's man, John Brennan. 

drendebe10's picture

Mpre chikensht traitorous bullsht from the illegal Indonesian kenyan alien muslim fudgepacker.

Hal n back's picture

The Saudis figured out our weak spot.



drendebe10's picture

It's a crying shame the first American president is such a loser turd and that the first woman president is a criminal 

drendebe10's picture

It's a crying shame the first American president is such a loser turd and that the first woman president is a criminal