Congressional Leaders Caving to Saudi Pressure on 9/11 Bill?

The White House is mocking Congress, saying they are having a “classic case of rapid onset buyer’s remorse,” after House and Senate leaders admitted that there may be unintended consequences of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act — the day after Saudi Arabia warned of consequences.

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The House is now considering a bill to “fix” JASTA when they return from recess after the election. House Speaker Paul Ryan validly expressed concerns about service members potentially facing lawsuits in other nations as it currently stands.

“So I’d like to think that there’s a way we could fix so that our service members do not have legal problems overseas, while still protecting the rights of the 9/11 victims, which is what JASTA did do,” Ryan said in a statement to the press on Thursday.

Likewise, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell admitted that they didn’t really think this thing through when they overrode President Obama’s veto. It is mildly hard to believe that these lawmakers were unaware of consequences however, as they were widely reported in almost every media outlet, even if they did not do their own homework.

“Nobody really had focused on the potential downside in terms of our international relationships,” McConnell told USA Today. “I think it was just a ball dropped.”

McConnell also stated that he blames Obama for not expressing his concerns with the current wording sooner. Perhaps he just meant, he wasn’t sure how strongly our buddies in Saudi Arabia would react.

“I hate to blame everything on him. And I don’t,” he said. “But it would have been helpful had we had a discussion about this much earlier than last week.”

Immediately following the vote, the White House called the override the  “most embarrassing” thing the US Senate has ever done.

The White House also responded to the late concerns over consequences by saying that ignorance is not an excuse — although some may argue that there have been mixed signals being sent on that issue, given Hillary Clinton’s lack of charges over her email server.

“I think what we’ve seen in the United States Congress is a pretty classic case of rapid onset buyer’s remorse,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said. “It’s hard to take at face value the suggestion that somehow they were unaware of the consequences of their vote. But even if they were, what’s true in elementary school is true in the United States Congress, ignorance is not an excuse, particularly when it comes to our national security and the safety and security of our diplomats and our service members.

The “buyers remorse” came the morning after Saudi royals condemned the vote, and warned of “serious unintended consequences.”

JASTA applies to any act of terrorism on US soil, but the primary focus has been on Saudi involvement in the 9/11 attacks which left roughly 3,000 people dead.

“The erosion of sovereign immunity will have a negative impact on all nations, including the United States,” Riyadh said in a statement on Thursday. The kingdom further stated that it hopes Congress will work “to avoid the serious unintended consequences that may ensue.”

JASTA is intended to allow for victims and the families of the 2001 attacks to sue the Saudi government. Riyadh has denied funding the terrorists who attacked the World Center and killed nearly 3,000 people, despite 15 of the 19 hijackers being Saudi Arabian nationals.

While Saudi Arabia hates the bill, and lobbied hard against it, the American public is overwhelmingly in favor of it — as it currently stands.

“Reflecting the desire to keep the public placated, while at the same time giving in to Saudi demands, Sens Bob Corker (R – TN) and Lindsey Graham (R – SC) both indicated that the ‘fixes’ would be implemented after the November elections, during the lame duck session,” Antiwar.com reported.

So for now, the bill is law, but after the elections it will be watered down to nothing to please the Saudi’s instead of the American people.

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HISTORIC: U.S. Senate Overrules Obama Veto On 9/11 Bill 97-1

On Wednesday, the Senate voted overwhelmingly to override President Obama’s veto of the 9/11 bill Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), that allows victims of 9/11 to sue Saudi Arabia for it’s involvement in 9/11 and victims of terrorism in general to sue foreign sponsors of attacks.

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This marks the first time in Obama’s presidency that the Senate has mustered enough votes to overrule one of Obama’s vetos, despite a number of unconstitutional bills crossing his desk since he took the office, including the NDAA and repeal of the Smith-Mundit Act which protected U.S. citizens against government sponsored propaganda.

Who was the single vote for keeping Obama’s veto you ask? None other then Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.

The White House responded to the vote, calling it “embarrassing.”

“I would venture to say that this is the single most embarrassing thing that the United States Senate has done, possibly, since 1983.” – Obama spokesman Josh Earnest.

Obama warned in a letter to Senate leaders last week that if the bill were to pass it would allow not only victims of terrorism in the U.S. to sue foreign countries, but also allow foreign countries to sue the U.S. military, and intelligence agencies as well as possibly subject U.S. government assets to seizure.

“The consequences of JASTA could be devastating to the Department of Defense and its service members — and there is no doubt that the consequences could be equally significant for our foreign affairs and intelligence communities,” – Obama wrote.

In February, Secretary of State John Kerry warned the Senate that the bill would put America in legal jeopardy — if the U.S. weakens sovereign immunity provisions, other countries could do the same, opening the door to new lawsuits against America’s government, corporations, and citizens saying –

“The 9/11 bill would expose the United States of America to lawsuits and take away our sovereign immunity and create a terrible precedent.”
– John Kerry.

The bill’s passage stems from the release of the 28 pages of the 9/11 Commission Report which shows Saudi Arabian ties to the 9/11 hijackers. If that’s not enough, there was a flight certificate of an Al-Qaeda operative Ghassan al Sharbi linked to 9/11 that turned up in an envelope from the Saudi embassy in Washington. This potentially implicated the Saudi bin Laden family, but it’s pretty hard to prosecute or investigate dead men/women that had a convenient plane crash and crane collapse a mere month later.

Another jailed Al-Qaeda operative Zacarias Moussaou, testified that Saudi Royals funded 9/11 prior to the release of 9/11 commission report. While the King of Saudi Arabia has said that Mossad was responsible, it’s likely that both Saudi Arabia and Israeli Mossad were responsible for the sophisticated terror attack of 9/11 under the guise of the Zionist Khazarian Mafia elite – and no, this is not anti-Semitism, as not all of the Khazarian Mafia are Jewish, not all Zionist are Jews, and not all Jews are Zionists. This might explain the profits made on 9/11, unless Al-Qaeda trades on the stock market.

This marks the end of the cozy relationship of Saudi Arabia and U.S. relations. Watch as Saudi Arabia starts dumping U.S. bonds and causes an economic fallout. Additionally, this bill’s implications mean the U.S. could be sued for it’s controversial drone program overseas.

We will keep you updated on this and more. Stay tuned to We Are Change for breaking news.

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Senate bill bans names of public officials on gov’t projects

A senator says the practice only allows government officials to ‘prematurely campaign’ for reelection all year round.

MANILA, Philippines – A senator has sought a ban against names of public officials being publicized via government projects they want to claim credit for.

Senator Francis Escudero has filed Senate Bill 776 prohibiting the naming of government projects after elected or appointed officials or after personalities that may be associated with them.

The measure excludes instances approved by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.

Many government officials take the opportunity to plaster their names and faces on projects intended for public use. These projects include waiting sheds, ambulances, and “even trash bins,” said the senator.

“Government projects are funded using taxpayers’ money. However, it has been the traditional practice of government officials to label or acknowledge the procurement of items with their names or identities as if the projects or items were personally funded,” Escudero said in his bill.

Violators will face one year imprisonment and will be fined P100,000 to P1 million, depending on the cost of the project in question.

Second offenders, meanwhile, will face the same penalties plus absolute perpetual disqualification from holding office.

In aid of reelection?

In refiling the measure, Escudero asked Congress for the “immediate consideration and approval” of the bill, as taxpayers – not politicians – fund the projects and programs.

The former vice presidential bet lamented how such acts aid the reelection of government officials and their family members. (READ: ‘Epal’ campaigning not an election offense – Comelec)

“In the same manner, this practice permits government officials to prematurely
campaign for re-election all year round, while at the same time projecting a false and inflated sense of accomplishment to their constituency,” he said.

Former senator Miriam Santiago earlier filed Senate Bill 54, or the Anti-Signage of Public Works Bill or the “anti-epal” measure. The bill had been refiled many times – in 2004 during the 13th Congress, in 2007 during the 14th Congress, and again in 2010 during the 15th Congress.

It prohibits the placement of a public official’s name or image on a signage of a public works project, be it proposed, existing, or ongoing maintenance and rehabilitation. – Source = Rappler.com

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Former Senator Claims “9/11 Attackers Had Support Within the United States” On CBS Nightly News

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There is a document, 28 pages in length, that’s locked away in the congressional vaults, guarded by armed security — it gives great details on the terrorist attacks that happened on 9/11.

Former Democratic senator who investigated the 9/11 terrorist attacks says he believes the hijackers had support from within the U.S. to carry out their deadly plot.

Bob Graham, chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and co-chair of the bipartisan joint congressional inquiry into the attacks, reported to 60 Minutes that the investigation revealed wealthy Saudi Arabian individuals and charity networks provided financial aid the terrorists.

Some of those conspirators were living in the U.S., Graham said — including two Saudi nationals who helped the hijackers find housing and contacts who arranged for their flight training

“I think it is implausible to believe that 19 people — most of whom didn’t speak English, most of whom had never been in the United States before, many of whom didn’t have a high school education — could’ve carried out such a complicated task without some support from within the United States,” he said.

However, the 28-pages have been conveniently avoided by those in the mainstream media — until now.

On Sunday night’s episode of 60 Minutes, former Florida governor, U.S. Senator and onetime chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Bob Graham implicated the US ally on national television.

Until now, anyone who questioned the highly suspect ‘official’ narrative on the 9/11 attacks has been labeled a conspiracy theorist or a kook. But when current and former members of Congress, U.S. officials, and the 9/11 Commissioners themselves call for the release of these 28-pages, which tells a different story of what happened that fateful day — people listen.

CBS reports Graham and his Joint Inquiry co-chair in the House, former Representative Porter Goss (R-FL) — who went on to be director of the CIA — say the 28 pages were excised from their report by the Bush Administration in the interest of national security. Graham wouldn’t discuss the classified contents, but says the 28 pages outline a network of people he believes supported hijackers in the U.S. He tells Steve Kroft he believes the hijackers were “substantially” supported by Saudi Arabia. Asked if the support was from government, rich people or charities, the former senator replies, “all of the above.”

 The following script is from “28 Pages” which aired on April 10, 2016. Steve Kroft is the correspondent. Howard Rosenberg and Julie Holstein, producers.

Bob Graham: I think it is implausible to believe that 19 people, most of whom didn’t speak English, most of whom had never been in the United States before, many of whom didn’t have a high school education– could’ve carried out such a complicated task without some support from within the United States.

Steve Kroft: And you believe that the 28 pages are crucial to this? Understand…

Bob Graham: I think they are a key part.


Former U.S. Senator Bob Graham has been trying to get the 28 pages released since the day they were classified back in 2003, when he played a major role in the first government investigation into 9/11.


Bob Graham:  “I remain deeply disturbed by the amount of material that has been censored from this report.”


At the time, Graham was chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and co-chair of the bipartisan joint congressional inquiry into intelligence failures surrounding the attacks. The Joint Inquiry reviewed a half a million documents, interviewed hundreds of witnesses and produced an 838 page report — minus the final chapter which was blanked out — excised by the Bush administration for reasons of national security.


However; Graham would not discuss the classified information in the 28 pages, he will say only that they outline a network of people that he believes supported the hijackers while they were in the U.S.


Steve Kroft: You believe that support came from Saudi Arabia?

Bob Graham: Substantially.

Steve Kroft: And when we say, “The Saudis,” you mean the government, the–

Bob Graham: I mean–

Steve Kroft: –rich people in the country? Charities–

Bob Graham: All of the above.


Graham and others believe the Saudi role has been soft-pedaled to protect a delicate relationship with a complicated kingdom where the rulers, royalty, riches and religion are all deeply intertwined in its institutions.

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Porter Goss, who was Graham’s Republican co-chairman on the House side of the Joint Inquiry, and later director of the CIA, also felt strongly that an uncensored version of the 28 pages should be included in the final report. The two men made their case to the FBI and its thendirector Robert Mueller in a face-to-face meeting.

Porter Goss: And they pushed back very hard on the 28 pages and they said, “No, that cannot be unclassified at this time.”

Steve Kroft: Did you happen to ask the FBI director why it was classified?

Porter Goss: We did, in a general way, and the answer was because, “We said so and it needs to be classified.”

Goss says he knew of no reason then and knows of no reason now why the pages need to be classified. They are locked away under the capital in guarded vaults called Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities, or SCIFs in government jargon. This is as close as we could get with our cameras — a highly restricted area where members of Congress with the proper clearances can read the documents under close supervision. No note-taking allowed.

Tim Roemer: Look, the Saudis have even said they’re for declassifying it. We should declassify it. Is it sensitive, Steve? Might it involve opening– a bit, a can of worms, or some snakes crawling out of there? Yes. But I think we need a relationship with the Saudis where both countries are working together to fight against terrorism. And that’s not always been the case.

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Commission members say their findings in those 28 pages would certainly surprise many Americans — but most of them agree that they should be declassified.

According to an article on Geopolitics.co the pages were ultimately redacted because the investigation would eventually expose the culpability of the British Monarchy – established by following the money from the operatives to the House of Saud  coming from the Queen’s royal bank account.

The Queen’s bank account is of course replenished every now and then by the biggest bankers of all, the Rothschild family, who work with the Jesuits running the Roman Vatican Empire behind the scenes to arrange all the pieces of the global terror ponzi scheme which is beginning to fall apart.

One thing for certain is that for nearly 16 years, the 28 pages have been locked away in a secret vault. Only a small group of people have ever seen them, We believe, along with the Senator Graham and the families of 9/11 victims that they should be declassified.

And then there’s this: a U.S. academic has alleged the 15 Saudi ‘hijackers’ were CIA agents working for the United States.

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Ex-US Speaker indicted over $3.5 million in payments

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) leaves the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct on Capitol Hill in Washington in this October 24, 2006 file photo. Hastert was indicted on May 28, 2015 on federal charges including making false statements to the FBI, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago said.   REUTERS/Jim Young/Files

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CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep a person from the town where he was a longtime high school teacher silent about “prior misconduct” by the Illinois Republican who once was second in line to the U.S. presidency, according to a federal grand jury indictment handed down Thursday.

The indictment, which doesn’t describe the alleged misconduct by Hastert, charges the 73-year-old with one count of evading bank regulations by withdrawing $952,000 in increments of less than $10,000 to skirt reporting requirements. He also is charged with one count of lying to the FBI about the reason for the unusual withdrawals. (more…)

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