Tag: 9/11 Attacks

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Obama Promises to Shield Saudis on 9/11

President Obama and King Salman Arabia stand at attention during the U.S. national anthem as the First Lady stands in the background with other officials on Jan. 27, 2015, at the start of Obama’s State Visit to Saudi Arabia. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza). (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama is vowing to veto a bill that would let families of 9/11 victims sue the Saudis for their alleged role in financing the terror attack, a move that 9/11 widow Kristen Breitweiser condemns and Congress may override.

Post-9/11’s Self-Inflicted Wounds

President George W. Bush announcing the start of his invasion of Iraq on March 19, 2003.

The damage done to U.S. foreign policy in the wake of the 9/11 attacks was largely self-inflicted, a case of wildly overreacting to Al Qaeda’s bloody provocation, writes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.

The Earlier 9/11 Acts of Terror

The second plane about to crash into the World Trade Center towers in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001.

From the Archive: Americans feel a special sadness about the terrible loss of life on Sept. 11, 2001, but the 9/11 date has other meanings in other countries, reflecting a U.S. hypocrisy on terrorism, wrote Jonathan Marshall in 2014.

Abu Zubaydah: Torture’s ‘Poster Child’

Guantanamo Bay prisoner Abu Zubaydah

Exclusive: The ugly legacy of George W. Bush’s torture program continues to haunt U.S. foreign policy as the “poster child” for waterboarding, Abu Zubaydah, makes an appeal for his release from Guantanamo, writes Marjorie Cohn.

US War Crimes or ‘Normalized Deviance’

President George W. Bush announcing the start of his invasion of Iraq on March 19, 2003.

The U.S. foreign policy establishment and its mainstream media operate with a pervasive set of hypocritical standards that justify war crimes — or what might be called a “normalization of deviance,” writes Nicolas J S Davies.

Letting Saudi Arabia Off the 9/11 Hook

President George W. Bush meeting with then-Saudi Ambassador Prince Bandar bin Sultan at the Bush Ranch in Crawford, Texas. (U.S. government photo)

The 9/11 attacks opened a bloody chapter of American history, “justifying” U.S. attacks on multiple countries but not on the one most connected to the terrorism, U.S. “ally,” Saudi Arabia. Why is that, asks Lawrence Davidson.

The Long-Hidden Saudi-9/11 Trail

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

The U.S. government and mainstream media are playing down the long-hidden 9/11 chapter on official Saudi connections to Al Qaeda’s hijackers, hoping most Americans won’t read it themselves, as 9/11 widow Kristen Breitweiser observes.

The Long-Hidden Saudi 9/11 Connection

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

Almost 15 years ago, warnings of an Al Qaeda attack were flashing red amid evidence of Saudi complicity, but George W. Bush ignored the alarms and the 9/11 attacks changed history, a mystery that 9/11 widow Kristen Breitweiser continues to plumb.

How Democracies Are Subverted

Turkish President Recep Erdogan.

A risk to democracy is that wily politicians can exploit moments of anger or fear to implement plans that the public wouldn’t otherwise accept, a danger that requires popular vigilance to avert, as ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar explains.

Risks of Citizens Suing Foreign Governments

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

Well-meaning legislation would permit 9/11 families to sue Saudi Arabia for its alleged role in the terror attacks but the principle of individuals suing foreign governments is fraught with problems, says ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.