WASHINGTON, September 29, 2016 — Wednesday, Senate Democrats joined Republican lawmakers to officially declare President Obama a lame duck. His veto of the aptly named “Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act,” which allows Americans to sue state sponsors of terror, was overwhelmingly overridden by a vote of 97-1.
Democratic Minority Leader Harry Reid was the only member of the Senate who voted to uphold Obama’s veto.
The House in turn voted 348 to 77 in support of their Senate colleagues.
Since 1976, nations on the U.S. State Department’s official list of recognized terrorist states were the only ones that could be sued in civil court. The congressional override removes this legal obstacle.
Since 9/11, families of the nearly 3,000 murdered Americans have been stymied by the U.S. courts in their many attempts to hold the Saudi Arabian government – and members of its U.S. based diplomatic and intelligence operatives – responsible for facilitating the worst act of mass murder to occur on American soil.
As Florida’s former Senator Bob Graham told Steve Kroft of CBS’s “60 Minutes”:
“I think it is implausible to believe that 19 people [the 9/11 hijackers], most of whom didn’t speak English, could have carried out such a complicated task without some support from within the United States.”
15 of that group, like al Qaeda kingpin Osama bin Laden himself, hailed from Saudi Arabia.
Kroft’s story, which aired last April, focused on 28 pages from the 2002 joint Congressional 9/11 report, which at the time remained classified.
A person of particular interest in the CBS story was the Saudi citizen Omar al- Bayoumi, who was living in San Diego, California.
19 months before the 9/11 attacks, two of the hijackers – Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdar – arrived at Los Angeles International Airport. The men spoke no English and had no place to live. But the pair were hungry and made their way to the Mediterranean Gourmet restaurant that is conveniently located near a frequent hangout of Saudi Arabia’s L.A. consular staff – the hate-spewing King Fahad Mosque of Culver City.
Also conveniently, Omar al-Bayoumi just happened to make the two-hour drive from San Diego to Los Angeles that very same day, conveniently running into Hazmi and Mihdar at the same restaurant. The trio conveniently became fast friends, with al-Bayoumi conveniently providing the future hijackers with cash and a place to stay.
According to the recently declassified pages of the 9/11 report, an agent with the FBI’s San Diego field office told Congress that Omar al-Bayoumi “acted like a Saudi intelligence officer… And if he was involved with the hijackers, which it looks like he was, if he signed [apartment] leases, if he provided some sort of financing of payments of some sort, then I would say that there’s a clear possibility that there might be a connection between Saudi intelligence and UBL [Usama – Osama – bin Laden].”
The report adds that al-Bayoumi “was known to have access to large amounts of money from Saudi Arabia, despite the fact that he did not appear to hold a job. On one occasion prior to September 11, the FBI received information that al-Bayoumi had received $400,000 from Saudi Arabia to help fund a new mosque in San Diego. The FBI conducted a counterterrorism investigation on al-Bayoumi in 1998 and 1999, but closed the investigation at that point.”
Al-Bayoumi left the United States two months prior to the attacks on New York’s Twin Towers and the Pentagon in Washington.
The administrations of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama have been nothing if not consistent in providing protective cover for America’s “allies,” the Saudis.
More importantly, they have saved the deep-pocketed Saudi royals from having to pony up any petrodollars for the pain and suffering their facilitating of terrorism has caused the families of loved ones who died so horribly on that tragic September morning in 2001.
To the pampered exporters of Islam’s fanatical Wahhabism, Congress and the American people say, “See you in court.”