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Statement of 9/11 Family Members on Saudi Decision

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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2009 8:26 pm    Post subject: Statement of 9/11 Family Members on Saudi Decision
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May 29, 2009

Statement of 9/11 Family Members: Mike Low, Father of Sara Elizabeth Low, AA
Flight 11; Bill Doyle, Father of Joseph M. Doyle, WTC North Tower; Tom &
Beverly Burnett, Sr., Parents of Thomas E. Burnett, Jr., UA Flight 93; and Terry
Strada, Wife of Thomas Strada, WTC North Tower

On Behalf of the 9/11 Families United to Bankrupt Terrorism
In Response to the Solicitor Generalís Refusal to Support
The 9/11 Familiesí Petition for Writ of Certiorari with the
Supreme Court
(In Re: Thomas E. Burnett, Sr., et al. v. Al Baraka Investment & Development Corp., et
al., Case No. 03-CV-9849 (RCC)
In Re: Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001, MDL 1570)

May 29, 2009 Ė Today the Obama Administration filed in the Supreme Court a
document that expressed the Administrationís decision to stand with a group of Saudi
princes and against the right of American citizens ó 9/11 family members ó to have our
day in court. Let there be no doubt: The filing was political in nature and stands as a
betrayal of everyone who lost a loved one or was injured on September 11, 2001.

We are deeply dismayed by this decision, filed by the solicitor general of the
United States in response to the Supreme Courtís February 23, 2009 invitation for the
government to express its views in the 9/11 familiesí request to appeal a portion of the
case to the Court.

The Administrationís filing mocks our system of justice and strikes a
blow against the publicís right to know the facts about who financed and supported the murder of 3,000 innocent people. It undermines our fight against terrorism and suggests a green light to terrorist sympathizers the world over that they can send money to al Qaeda without having to worry that they will be held accountable in the U.S. Courts for the atrocities that result.

The Administration apparently gave less weight to the principles of justice,
transparency, accountability and security, which our case embodies, and more weight to
political concerns and pleadings of a foreign government on the behalf of a handful of
members of its monarchy and others who stand accused of financing the attacks that
murdered our loved ones.

Sadly, although the Administrationís obviously politically
based filing is merely informational and in no way binding on the Supreme Court, if the
Supreme Court were to follow it, these people will avoid being held accountable not
because they are innocent, but because they are royalty.

The Administrationís filing is all the more troubling in that it expressly
acknowledges that the courts below applied incorrect legal standards in dismissing the
Saudi defendants, but nonetheless argues that the case Ė one that seeks to account for the
terrorist attacks against America and the murder of our family members Ė does not
warrant the Supreme Courtís time.

Contrary to the view expressed by the Obama
Administration in the solicitor generalís filing, the victims of the September 11th attack
deserve to have their claims decided under accurate legal standards.
For all of these reasons, we urge the Supreme Court to reject the solicitor
generalís politically-premised filing, along with its wrongheaded priorities, accept our
petition, and grant us our fundamentally American right to have our day in Court.
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