Hello, I’m Ted Corless with the Corless-Barfield Trial Group.
My firm represents people involved in serious personal injuries, motor vehicle accidents,
and my favorite, suing insurance companies.
But today, I’m here to talk to you about something else.
I’d like to talk to you about 9/11 and potential liability by Saudi Arabia.
Can you sue a country because the citizens of that country did something to cause massive
death and destruction in the United States?
Well, in 1976, a law was passed that essentially gave immunity to foreign countries for the
acts of the individual citizens from their country.
But, just last week, Senator Chuck Shumer was able to get a unanimous vote on a bill
in the senate specifically providing for liability against Saudi Arabia because of the events
of September 11th.
What’s at play is a twenty-eight-page section of a report that has been classified since
2002 that specifically details the acts of Saudi Arabia, parts of the government, Saudi
Arabians in Saudi Arabia, and, most importantly, the actions of American citizens associated
with Saudia Arabia in the country just before the planes hit the tower.
Can you do this?
Well, at issue in the legal community is not whether Saudi Arabia would be able to be factually
blamed for what had happened, but whether or not the senate can pass a bill creating
liability for Saudi Arabia retroactively because of the 1976 law.
We’ll have to see what the courts do with it, and we’ll have to see whether President
Obama decides to veto the bill to preserve the relationship between the United States
and Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia has threatened to dump its ownership of American interests and securities as a
response to the passing of the bill, but most politicians believe that’s nothing more
than a threat.
What’s important for me, as an individual that represents American citizens, is that
I think it’s time for us to be provided access to all of the information that was
gathered, both in 2001 and after, so we can understand everyone’s role in that disaster.
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