Saudis threaten reprisals over 9/11 bill
Congressional lawmakers are debating a law that would permit U.S. citizens to sue foreign governments in the aftermath of terrorist attacks, like 9/11. Saudi Arabia, the nation of origin for the majority of 9/11 conspirators, opposes the bill, and is threatening to sell off American assets if the bill passes.
The Obama Administration opposes the bill, claiming it could lead to economic risks for the U.S., and clearly Saudi Arabia is a key strategic ally in the middle east. Obviously the Saudis are protecting their own economic interests: there are about three thousand 9/11 victims, so lawsuits could prove costly.
Though the government of Saudi Arabia was never officially linked to the terrorist attacks, one of the 9/11 conspirators, Zacarias Moussaoui, claimed members of the Saudi Royal Family were Al Qaeda supporters. (CNN)