Tue Feb 14, 2017 07:23AM
Saudi King Salman (L) speaks with his son, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (AP file photo)
Saudi King Salman (L) speaks with his son, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (AP file photo)

Saudi Arabia is recruiting US military veterans in an attempt to kill a recently-passed law allowing  9/11 families to sue Saudi nationals for their alleged role in facilitating the September 11, 2001 attacks that killed thousands of Americans, a report says.

The website 28Pages.org, which is dedicated to exposing Saudi links to 9/11 and other buried truths about the terrorist attacks, in a recent report called the Saudi campaign “a brazen effort.”

The US Congress overwhelmingly voted in September to override then President Barack Obama’s veto of the “Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), which allows relatives of the victims of the 9/11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia.

In his veto message, Obama said JASTA would be “detrimental” to America's national security interests and its key alliances.

US Republican Senator and former military veteran John McCain (right) with Saudi King Salman

The 28Pages.org report said that Saudis who are “working through hired American proxies who don’t draw attention to their Saudi sponsorship,” are succeeding “by taking advantage of veterans’ patriotic instincts.”

“Specifically, lobbyists are telling veterans that, if other countries reciprocate by passing laws like the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), military service members and veterans will be sued in foreign courts,” the analysis noted.

“Saudi lobbyists also falsely claim that JASTA is a major departure from the previous U.S. approach to sovereign immunity; in fact, it is a narrow adjustment to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, which already allowed Americans to sue foreign state sponsors of terror,” it explained.

The 28-page document is part of a larger joint congressional report on 9/11, called the Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities, which was released in 2002.

A number of former and current congressmen have called on the White House to fully declassify the top secret document that sheds light on the Saudi royal family’s possible complicity in the 9/11 attacks.

US intelligence officials, however, have said that it would be a mistake to release the 28 classified pages from the 9/11 Commission report because they contain "un-vetted" information that could implicate Saudi Arabia in the September 11 terrorist attacks.

In 2016, the Obama administration approved the declassification of a grossly redacted version of the 28 pages.

The September 11, 2001 attacks, also known as the 9/11 attacks, were a series of strikes in the US which killed nearly 3,000 people and caused about $10 billion worth of property and infrastructure damage.

Of the 19 hijackers that allegedly carried out the attacks, 15 were Saudi nationals and available evidence suggests some of them were linked to high-ranking Saudi officials.

Why is JASTA ‘wonderful’?

US President George W. Bush meets with Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the Saudi Ambassador to the United States, on August 27, 2002, at Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas. (Photo by Getty Images)

“From the perspective of those of us who care about justice and making a better world, this [JASTA] is wonderful,” according to Dr. Kevin Barrett, an American academic who has been studying the events of 9/11 since late 2003.

“The lawsuit against Saudi Arabia for 9/11 has a chance of exposing the real deep state structure behind 9/11 – which did involve elements of the Saudi government including Bandar bin Sultan, who smoked a celebratory cigar with George W. Bush right after the 9/11 attack on the White House balcony – but also more importantly the neoconservative faction here in the United States and its masters in Tel Aviv, that’s the Israelis who were the real force behind 9/11, which was designed to destroy seven countries in five years as General Wesley Clark said,” he told Press TV recently. 

Dr. Barrett, the author of Questioning the War on Terror, said that JASTA would also allow "the millions of survivors of US terrorist attacks around the world [to] sue the US government."