Obama in Arabia

Like his predecessors, President Obama is putting cozy ties with the Saudi royals ahead of telling the truth to the American people about the Saudi role in 9/11, writes 9/11 widow Kristen Breitweiser.

By Kristen Breitweiser

Why does President Obama think it’s okay for 15 Arabs (and four of their friends) to come into our country, hijack our planes, crash them into our buildings, and brutally kill 3,000 innocent people? Because those 15 Arabs were Saudis, that’s why. And, Saudis are special. Saudis are apparently allowed to get away with murder — or at least the financing of it.

I am a 9/11 widow. My husband Ron was killed while he was working at his desk for Fiduciary Trust Company on the 94th floor of Tower 2. Ron was 39 years old, I was 30, and our daughter was two. I watched the horror unfold on live worldwide television as I stood in my kitchen speaking to Ron. Moments later, I watched Flight 175 slice into his building, exactly where he stood on the other end of the line talking to me.

King Salman the President and First Lady to a reception room at Erga Palace during a state visit to Saudi Arabia on Jan. 27, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

King Salman the President and First Lady to a reception room at Erga Palace during a state visit to Saudi Arabia on Jan. 27, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Since 9/11, my life has been spent fighting for truth, accountability, and lessons to be learned so that no other family would ever have to suffer such searing pain and tragic loss. Shamefully, my government has fought me tooth and nail along the way. Recently, it has become increasingly clear to me why my government has fought against such transparency, accountability, and revelation of the truth regarding the 9/11 attacks.

There are 28 pages of the Joint Inquiry of Congress (an investigation into the U.S. government intelligence failures prior to 9/11) that have remained classified and hidden away from the American public by both the Bush and Obama Administrations. These 28 pages allegedly prove that the Saudis had a controlling hand in funding the 9/11 attacks that killed 3,000 innocent people.

Now, it’s more than fair to say that if these 28 pages blamed the Iraqis or the Iranians for financing the 9/11 attacks, they would have been released years ago. Unfortunately, since the 28 pages allegedly implicate the Saudis, they’re likely to remain secret and kept away from the American public forever.

Knowing that evidence of your husband’s murder is being specifically withheld from you by the President — with the sole intent to protect the terrorists and their financial backers — is not something any American should ever have to tolerate.

Unfortunately, the 28 pages aren’t the only example of the U.S. government protecting the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to the detriment of the 9/11 families. For the past 15 years, the 9/11 families have also tried to hold the KSA accountable in a court of law. Most recently, the KSA was dismissed from the 9/11 case on grounds of foreign sovereign immunities protection under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA).

The FSIA was clearly not created with the intent that nations that sponsor mass terrorism should get away with it scot-free. Nevertheless, the U.S. government has wholeheartedly supported this perverted and warped use of the FSIA by the Saudis. In short, it seems that as long as you are an ally of the U.S. and not a named state-sponsor of terrorism, apparently you can underwrite all the mass murder you want and get away with it.

Obviously, the 9/11 families have fought very hard against the Saudis misuse of the FSIA and their dismissal from our case. In fact, several times we have petitioned for a writ of certiorari seeking Supreme Court review of our case. Each time, the U.S. Department of Justice (at the direction of President Obama) has written “Letters of Interest” recommending that the Supreme Court deny hearing our case thereby allowing the Saudis to remain excused from our case via their FSIA shield.

Why would President Obama recommend that the highest court in the land refuse to hear our case about the worst terrorist attack in the land? If he wasn’t going to support us, couldn’t he just have kept his mouth shut? Did he really need to intervene and kill our chances of Supreme Court review? And, why does President Obama, as well as certain other members, officials and bureaucrats in our government, think it is more important to support and protect the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia rather than Americans who were victims of a terrorist attack?

Finding ourselves blocked by the President with regard to the release of the 28 pages, and with regard to the Supreme Court reviewing the dismissal of the KSA as a key defendant in our case, we turned to the U.S. Congress for help. And Congress answered our call with a vital piece of anti-terror legislation called JASTA (Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act).

JASTA ensures that no nation (including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) that funds terrorism will be able to use the FSIA as a shield to their culpability. JASTA is the legislative response to the Saudi’s misuse of the FSIA in our 9/11 court case. JASTA removes FSIA protections from the KSA and, as a result, the 9/11 families will finally be able to have our day in court against the Saudis.

Notably, JASTA merely brings the KSA back into court and allows for the discovery and investigation to begin against the Saudi’s and their financial role in the 9/11 attacks — nearly 15 years after the crime was committed. Egregiously, it has taken eight long years in Washington, several Congresses, and two Secretaries of State to get JASTA even close to passing into law. (Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wasn’t exactly an enthusiastic supporter of JASTA, but then again, neither is Secretary John Kerry. The KSA has given between $10 million and 25 million to the Clinton Foundation.)

Unsurprisingly, as soon as JASTA was set to pass with Senate approval, the shadowy Saudi-protectionist hand of the U.S. government, once again, reached out to block our progress. A whisper campaign with no fingerprints was dispensed to kill JASTA.

The World Trade Center's Twin Towers burning on 9/11. (Photo credit: National Park Service)

The World Trade Center’s Twin Towers burning on 9/11. (Photo credit: National Park Service)

And, those whispers sounded something like this: if JASTA passes, the Saudis will bankrupt our economy by withdrawing $800 billion worth of T-bonds, and even worse, if JASTA passes, the Saudis will stop protecting and sharing intelligence information with the U.S. and leave us vulnerable to an ISIS attack.

So, it would seem that the same group of people who fought against the release of the 28 pages, and our case being heard by the Supreme Court, are at it once again, this time opposing JASTA and labeling it a diplomatic disaster.

Exactly how a piece of legislation, like JASTA, that stops nations from funding terrorists who want to kill Americans can be labeled a diplomatic disaster defies logic. Does anyone think the folks in Belgium would have a problem with JASTA? What about Paris? San Bernardino?

The problem is that those of us who are victims of terrorist attacks don’t exactly benefit from any relationship with the KSA — a nation that has knowingly funded terrorists for years. Conversely, those who do directly benefit from a “special relationship” with the KSA feel that the rest of us should just quietly go away and accept our plight and fate.

Why does our government cover up and protect the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia rather than hold them accountable for their funding of terrorist groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda? Why does our government not care about victims of terrorism funded by the KSA? In a nutshell, here’s why:

  1. The U.S. has sold nearly $100 billion worth of weapons to KSA. Our defense contracting industrymakeslarge campaign contributions to ex-presidents, presidents, potential presidents, and various members of Congress.
  2. KSA funds the CIA for its “off the books” forays around the world — in other words, when the CIA wants to do something without the mess and hassle of Congressional oversight (like the war in Yemen and Syria, Iran-Contra, funding the Mujahedeen, etc.), they turn to the KSAto fundtheir recreational activities.
  3. KSA providesdrone basesfor the U.S. military.
  4. KSA is part of the newly formed coalitionfightingagainst Assad and prosecuting the proxy war in Yemen (supposedly to combat Iranian influence).
  5. The U.S. apparentlysoldapproximately $800 billion of U.S. Treasury Bonds to the KSA and they now threaten to cash out, thereby crashing the U.S. economy. 6. KSA pays lobbying firms with deep ties to the Obama, Bush and Clinton White Houses in addition to Congress.

Three thousand innocent people were killed on 9/11. Right here, on our soil. Those men and women were slaughtered in broad daylight. And to this day, not one person, not one official, not one Kingdom has been held accountable in an open court of law. Not one. And that is a crime itself.

Rumor has it that President Obama is soon scheduled to travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I only wish I could adequately relay the disgust I have in my heart when I anticipate having to see my President smiling, laughing and joking with his “special Saudi friends” — the very same people who I believe underwrote the murder of my husband and nearly 3,000 others.

President Obama, you must not have read those 28 pages of the JICI, because if you did, I cannot fathom how or why you could ever bow and kiss the ring of Saudi terror. No amount of money, no greed, no power, no regional interest could ever be worth such treason.

9/11 widows Patty Casazza, Monica Gabrielle, Mindy Kleinberg, and Lorie Van Auken also sign their name to this blog. Follow Kristen Breitweiser on Twitter: www.twitter.com/kdbreitweiser. [This article originally appeared as a blog post at HuffingtonPost.]

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19 comments for “Obama in Arabia

  1. Sally Snyder
    March 29, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Here are some cables that Wikileaks released showing us how the Saudi royal family tries to control the world’s media:

    http://viableopposition.blogspot.ca/2016/01/how-saudi-arabia-controls-its-own-media.html

    And these are the “good guys”?

  2. Joe Tedesky
    March 29, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Kristen Breitweiser, now you are what I will call a good American. You and all the others who loss a love one on 9/11 should be praised for not giving up the fight. I almost loss my daughter and at the time our one year old granddaughter who lived near ground zero, and narrowly escaped. That criminal attack effected many of us, in many different ways. What really burns me up, is why our news media doesn’t report what you and the other widows/widowers are going through. Your story here should be front page news, but it’s not, and that is the problem. Time often reveals the truth. My only hope is I live long enough to see the truth be known, and acted upon accordingly.

  3. Brad Owen
    March 29, 2016 at 10:33 am

    I am sorry for your loss. Your husband is a casualty of war…not the phony war on terror, but the very real war on the U.S. Constitution and the very idea of Democracy itself (or at least “democracy ONLY when convenient, and ALWAYS to be superseded by ‘National Security Emergencies’-to-be-determined by Deep State operatives”). 9/11 is an inside job. The President (NOT just this one…they have ALL been turned into mere Viceroys) does indeed “Kiss The Ring”. But it’s not the Ring of the KSA; they are mere operatives on the Deep State’s Rolodex, and they ALSO “Kiss The Ring” (as do the zionists). He kisses the Imperial Ring of the as-yet-unamed Emperor of the Imperial Oligarchy residing secretly somewhere within the City-of-London (perhaps “summers over” somewhere on Wall Street). This Imperial Oligarchy, in “Deep State” mode, whomever they may be, are the secret successors to The RoundTable grouping of Cecil Rhodes, Milner, et al. The Imperial Tories have had their revenge for 1776, and we are part of The Empire once again(some of this Empire is called “The Commonwealth”); Rove said so. So the U.S. Viceroy kisses the Imperial Ring because he (or she) doesn’t want to become another casualty of the War on the Constitution…who’d believe it?!? The old, stale “Lone Gunman” theory would just be trotted out, and everyone would go about their business after the funeral services. If they talked about it, they’d just be smacked with the 25th amendment and led away in a strait jacket. I can speak it plainly, BECAUSE I am a nobody.

  4. Con Dassos
    March 29, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    Mrs Breitweiser, your husband would be exceptionally proud of your efforts ! Well done.

    The KSA’s alleged threats to pull funds out of the USA are just false flags of course, as every sovereign nation
    can legislate changes to avoid blackmail threats!

    The federal government obstruction you have experienced from its 535 members ( 435 in House of Representatives & 100 in the Senate) will ONLY stop when the 321,000,000 people in the USA genuinely speak up, not before.

    “You know, it’s not possible to wake someone up who is pretending to be asleep”

    • Skip Edwards
      March 30, 2016 at 12:31 am

      We are 321,000,000 v a few oligarchs, their puppets on a string and the MIC. Why do we tolerate this madness? FEAR!

    • Peter Loeb
      March 31, 2016 at 6:44 am

      REFOCUS FOR “CON DASSOS”, PLEASE!!!

      Ms. Breitweiser’s fight is something she should get the credit for.
      Why doesn’t Ms. B get the credit HERSELF???

      Not because it is..”politically correct”. Because she herself deserves it.

      —-Peter Loeb, Boston, MA, USA

      • Con Dassos
        March 31, 2016 at 8:34 am

        Hi Peter,
        Could you explain what I’m not focused on, please. Thanks!

  5. Dennis Rice
    March 29, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    “The Establishment is running out of schemes.” (Gerald Celente).

    Including 9/11, we have had so many government coverups and protections of our own war criminals and Wall Street criminals, and illegal spying on American citizens, that we are now having a non-violent revolution in our own country via the refusal of the many Republican voters and the many Democrat voters to knuckle under to the ‘preferred’ Establishment presidential candidates.

  6. March 29, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    The correct title for the article is “Obama Of Arabia.” FYI.

    • Joe Tedesky
      March 30, 2016 at 10:35 am

      See HuffingtonPost today.

  7. dahoit
    March 29, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    Is Mrs.Breitweiser aware a NY judge ruled that Iran was responsible for 9-11 in the most outrageous political show trial result in American history,about 2 weeks ago?
    Unbelievable the lies about that day,and I guarantee there is more than Saudi Arabia hidden in those 28 pages.

    • Con Dassos
      March 30, 2016 at 7:12 am

      Is it so surprising really.

      After all, the Judge that made that pronouncement was Judge George B. Daniels who is the SAME Judge that refused Dr Judy Wood’s Qui Tam application in 2009, ( http://www.drjudywood.com/articles/NIST/Qui_Tam_Wood.shtml) which was to show that NIST had lodged false claims over their investigation of the Twin Towers collapse.

      Judge Daniels came to the opinion to refuse her application.

      And now he claims Iran did it. What an insult to the people of the USA!

    • Rusti
      April 1, 2016 at 6:12 am

      Same Judge Who Shot Down 9/11 Widows Lawsuit against KSA.

  8. Scaevola
    March 29, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    HEAR! HEAR! Damned well said, my fine lady. This is the most powerful indictment against that den of snakes and their DC bedmates I’ve ever seen. God bless you, ma’am.

  9. S. Marlatt
    March 29, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    Mrs. Breitweiser,
    I cannot imagine the grief you must feel at the loss of your husband in the horrifying events of 9/11. You rightly identify Saudi Arabia as a proven sponsor of terrorism, and your government’s financial and military ties to and dependence on Saudi Arabia are well documented, which goes a long way to explaining as you concluded why the U.S. government is loathe to see Saudi Arabia further exposed and held responsible for this enormous crime against innocent US civilians. But there is another facet to the explanation for your government’s historical reluctance to prosecute under international laws. The US government it can be argued is the greatest exponent of state sponsored terrorism as evidenced by the thousands of innocent civilians that have died as a result of American military engagements in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen, and Syria. US arms and weapons sales to repressive regimes, Saudi Arabia among others, contribute to even more suffering.
    The terrible loss of innocent lives in 9/11 and more recently Paris and Brussels are broadcast and publicized with great alarm, grief and anger, as they should be, but should we not feel in equal measure the same about innocent children, families, wedding parties, and hospitals that are bombed and attacked but only mentioned in passing in the news media as unfortunate “collateral damage”?
    I wish you success in your righteous campaign and I hope that the same scrutiny will be brought to bear on your own nation’s culpability in state sponsored terrorism.

  10. Jerad Howell
    March 30, 2016 at 5:25 am

    Here we have yet another issue on which the candidate who is portrayed as the least rational, Donald Trump, actually makes the most sense. Trump has repeatedly expressed doubts about whether or not it is prudent to have allies like Saudi Arabia (and Turkey for that matter) who have not-so-secret ties to fundamentalist Islamic terrorists around the globe.

    • Brad Owen
      March 30, 2016 at 12:10 pm

      Read that article on Alternet: “An Open Letter to Trump Supporters from a Staff DEFECTOR”. The staff defector reports, sadly, that Trump isn’t for real, that he was just supposed to be a “message” candidate to change the national conversation, but his narcissism has kicked in and he wants the job now, just to prove he can, and that the The Donald never fails. This confession from a staffer gives me the idea that Trump’s Mission (from Imperial Deep State Headquarters, where ever the H+LL that might be) is to split the Right Wing to get Wall Street’s Clinton into office. Mr. Perot performed this mission the LAST time, to get a Clinton into office…guess who will have the steering wheel-in-hand?…the Rhodes scholar (as in Cecil Rhodes, Milner, et al of The RoundTable Grouping, and mentored by Carroll Quigley) himself, the slickster himself, with Ms.H performing the “ceremonial” role of Prez.

  11. J'hon Doe II
    March 30, 2016 at 11:49 am

    A must see PBS doc concerning this topic – From Frontline:\Saudia Arabia Uncovered

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/saudi-arabia-uncovered/

  12. Dave Brunskill
    March 31, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    I have always thought that the 28 pages of the Joint Inquiry of Congress that are missing is because they will prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Saudi Arabia had nothing to do with 911. The US government needs to leave this doubt in place to cover their own involvement in the planning and execution of 911.

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