Alwaght- Relatives of Victims of 11 September 2001 attacks in the US are planning to increase pressure on the intelligence agencies to turn over records about deadly terror attacks and Saudi regime's involvement in them.
At a news conference on April 9 Brett Eagleson, whose father was killed in the twin towers, said that the plaintiffs are planning a grassroots effort to force the CIA, the FBI and others to turn over information that could cast new light on Saudi complicity in the attacks.
The 9/11 families aren't going anywhere,” said Eagleson. “We had my dad's grandchildren in the audience today who want to know the truth about what happened to their grandfather.”
In 2003 hundreds of bereaved relatives and 9/11 survivors sued the Saudi Arabian government for complicity in the attacks and for sponsoring charities that supported Al Qaeda Takfiri terrorist group. In March a federal court judge rejected a Saudi motion to dismiss the lawsuit, ruling that the court has jurisdiction under in the 2016 Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act.
Lawyers acting on behalf of the families filed a subpoena recently, demanding that the FBI produce several documents that are still classified and withheld from public scrutiny, and that they remove redactions from other files that were previously made public.
In the opinion of long-time 9/11 justice activist Jon Gold, all of these records should be released in full. Gold told Sputnik, “Everything having to do with the lead up to 9/11, after action reports, PDBs, basically, anything having to do with 9/11 should be released immediately and completely unredacted. The families of the victims, and the people of the world deserve to see these things happen.”
Recently an American judge has ruled against Saudi Arabia’s bid to dismiss lawsuits accusing the regime of helping plan the September 11, 2001, attacks, and asserted that the monarchy must pay billions of dollars in damages.
US District Judge George Daniels said in Manhattan, New York, that the plaintiffs’ allegations “narrowly articulate a reasonable basis,” Reuters reported.
Daniels has been tasked to oversee litigation against Riyadh by the families of those killed, some 25,000 people injured, and numerous businesses.
Some 3,000 people died in the 9/11 attacks, after four hijacked passenger planes were crashed into the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia.
In several cases, hundreds of victims’ relatives and injured survivors, along with insurance companies and businesses say, the Saudi government assisted the attacks through a variety of activities in support of al-Qaeda over a number of years.