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New York, N.Y. — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, the U.S. senator from Vermont, has come out in support of the legislation proposed by U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to allow families of victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack to use U.S. Courts to seek damages and restitution from foreign entities who might be culpable.
Sanders also urged President Barack Obama to declassify the secret 28 pages of the 9/11 Review authored by Bob Graham, former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and senator from Florida, who is demanding that the information be released that he contends ties Saudi Arabian citizens to the 9/11 attack.
Graham contends that Saudis in Sarasota, Fla., provided the base for the 9/11 terrorists, many of whom were Saudis.
President Obama and former President George W. Bush have refused to declassify the 28 pages in question, citing national security as a reason.
Reacting to the issue, Adel al-Juberi, Saudi Foreign Affairs Minster and former Saudi ambassador to the U.S., threatened to sell off $750 billion in U.S. Treasury Securities if Congress approved the Schumer’s bill, the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act
I guess that’s what you call national security.
Currently U.S. law protects foreign entities from being sued by U.S. courts.
After presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was pressed on the issue Sunday morning, the following statement was issued:
“Hillary Clinton supports the efforts by Sen. Schumer and his colleagues in the Senate to secure the ability of 9/11 families and other victims of terrorist acts to hold accountable those responsible. As President she would work with Congress to this end.”
To view Sanders statements on Sen. Schumer’s bill and the 28-page document, click HERE.
Sanders asked Obama to declassify the 28-page report as soon as possible, so if there is no connection to the Saudis we can put an end to the speculation.
Other voices have urged Obama to declassify the report before his trip this week to Saudi Arabia to meet with Gulf leaders.
Asked whether the documents should be downgraded from their classified status, Clinton Monday said, “I think the administration should take a hard look at them and determine whether that should be done consistent with national security.” In 2003, while a senator, she signed a letter demanding that the 28 pages be declassified.