The U.S. Congress has overcome the veto of President Barack Obama, which he tried to ban Americans to sue Saudi Arabia over alleged the country’s involvement in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. After the Senate (upper house), the veto confidently overcame and legislators of the house of representatives. As transfers Reuters, Saudi Arabia soon after the vote, warned that the potential impact of the adoption of the law would be “disastrous”.
“9-11 law” allows the families of people killed in the terrorist attacks on new York and Washington, to sue individuals and even governments of countries with respect to these attacks. First of all, we are talking about Saudi Arabia, whose citizens were most of the hijackers who seized four American planes on 11 September.
During the vote in the Senate position Obama was supported by only one legislator – Democrat leader from Nevada Harry Reid. In the House of representatives, the veto was rejected by a margin of 348 votes to 77. This vote was the first time that legislators failed to override the veto of the President, for all the work of the Obama administration since 2008.
As recalled by the Voice of America”, Riyadh has warned that ratification of the law may force the Saudi government to sell – that is, to provide for payment – in us securities to avoid losses due to lawsuits. According to an estimate, the value of all American assets in Saudi Arabia – about $ 750 billion.
President Barack Obama has used his veto and refused to sign the bill on September 22. The Bush administration opposed the bill on the grounds that other countries can use it as an excuse to judge American diplomats, military personnel or company, explained the press Secretary the White house Josh Ernest.
Of the 19 participants in the September 11 attacks, 15 were Saudi nationals. According to unconfirmed reports, the results obtained by held in Congress of the investigation showed that the terrorists received help from officials connected with Riyadh. In Saudi Arabia itself these suspicions categorically rejected.
The attacks 11.09.01
The terrorist attacks in USA in 2001, considered the largest in the history of mankind. On the morning of September 11, 19 terrorists related to al-Qaida, divided into four groups, captured four scheduled passenger airliner. Each group had at least one member, past the initial flight training. Two Boeing crashed into the twin towers of the world trade center (WTC) in new York, and the third was sent to the Pentagon in Washington and a fourth crashed in Pennsylvania.
As a result of terrorist attacks killed nearly three thousand people (2977, another 24 are missing), more than six thousand were wounded. It is known that two planes that crashed into the WTC skyscrapers, in total, killed 157 people. In addition, killing 343 firefighters, 60 police officers and eight employees of the ambulance.
The exact figure of the damage caused by the September 11 attacks, is unknown. In September 2006, US President George W. Bush announced that the damage from the attacks of 11 September 2001 amounted to US at the lowest estimate $ 500 billion.