by Derrick Broze, Activist Post:
Family members of the 9/11 victims are beginning to worry that President Trump may not keep his campaign promise to pursue justice related to Saudi Arabia and the 9/11 attacks.
On Tuesday, President Trump met with Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a meeting that CNN and The Washington Post called a “reset” of relations between the United States and the Saudi Kingdom. “Ali Shihabi, executive director of the Arabia Foundation, who was part of the Saudi delegation to the White House, said the Saudi leadership and the Trump administration are in ‘perfect alignment’ on the Iran nuclear deal and said Trump understands Saudi Arabia’s conflict with Iran is an ‘existential battle’”, CNN reported.
The Trump Administration also recently has announced that they will approve the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia that were previously frozen in the final months of the Obama administration. These actions have caused concern for some of Trump’s supporters who worry that he is aligning with a nation who has a horrible track record on human rights and is responsible for one of the most extreme interpretations of Islam (Wahhabism).
One group who was optimistic that President Trump might keep the promises made by candidate Trump is the 9/11 Families and Survivors United for Justice Against Terrorism. The organization is largely responsible for pushing the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), which was passed late in 2016, despite a veto from former President Obama. JASTA has changed the law to allow victims of terrorism and their families to sue nations suspected of financing or otherwise sponsoring terrorism.
Prior to the law this was only legal for countries who are on the U.S. government’s “state sponsors of terror” list, which includes nations like North Korea and Iran. JASTA unanimously passed the Senate in May 2016 and the House in mid-August 2016 after a hard-fought battle by the families of the victims of 9/11. Former President Obama kept his promise to veto legislation, citing threats to U.S. national security. In a stunning rebuke to the president, the veto was overrode by Congress. Following the veto, President Obama said it was “a mistake” and set a “dangerous precedent.”
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