Just days before the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11, the U.S. congress has passed a bill that will allow the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia.
Since that fateful Tuesday, which changed the course of the world, Saudi Arabia has strictly denied anything to do with the Al-Qaeda attack which left 2,996 people dead and many thousands of people across the world deeply affected, reports The Independent.
15 out of the 19 terrorists who hijacked the planes used on September 11 were from Saudi Arabia yet the Saudi government have always denied any connection.
There have also been numerous allegations claiming that Saudi Arabian government officials and/or intelligence operatives were linked to Al-Qaeda.
Leaders of the House of Congress in the U.S. have claimed that it is a ‘moral imperative’ to allow victims’ families to seek justice and have thus passed the voice vote – however the White House has argued that they will reject the bill…
Due to the nature of the vote and its symbolic timing, its passing was met by a standing ovation of cheers and applause.
However despite its mass support it is thought that the President will make sure it never comes to light. Why? Because Saudi Arabia is a major contributor of oil to the United States. Because the U.S. and Saudi are currently in talks about the war on ISIS. Because the U.S. is supporting Saudi in its operations against Yemeni rebels.
Hopefully someday soon the families of those who were tragically taken just 15 years ago will be able to find compensation from someone.
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.