Two days following Congress’ override of President Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), Stephanie Ross DeSimone filed suit in a Washington district court Friday against Saudi Arabia for allegedly providing material support to terror group al-Qaeda, which carried out the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the Pentagon.
DeSimone’s complaint alleges “Al Qaeda’s ability to conduct large-scale terrorist attacks was the direct result of the support Al Qaeda received from its material sponsors and supporters, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
The lawsuit further alleges Saudi kingdom provided financial support to Osama bin-Laden and al-Qaeda for over a decade and the Saudis were aware al-Qaeda agents were organizing attacks against the United States.
The first of its kind, DeSimone’s suit does not specify any amount in damages sought; however, attorney James Kreindler, who represents DeSimone and other victims’ families, told the Wall Street Journal he expects to file similar lawsuits on Monday.
DeSimone is the widow of Navy Commander Patrick Dunn, who was killed on Sept. 11, 2001, while assigned to the Pentagon.
President Obama has warned such proceedings could set a bad precedent and result in retaliatory lawsuits from foreign nations against U.S. companies, personnel and government officials all over the world.
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