2003-09-26 / Community

Weiner: Saudis Are Terrorists

Weiner: Saudis Are Terrorists

Representative Anthony Weiner will soon introduce legislation to cut all aid to Saudi Arabia. 191 Democratic and Republican Members of Congress supported a similar measure introduced by Weiner in July, but which was ultimately defeated by House GOP leadership. 

Under federal law, most of the world's worst terror sponsoring states are prohibited from ever receiving direct financial aid from the United States, including the likes of Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, Libya, and Cuba.  

Saudi Arabia's terror ties are well documented.  The Saudis provide more than 50% of funding to the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas, as well as financial support through specially designated bank accounts and telethons to the families of Palestinian suicide bombers.  In July, the joint House-Senate committee on intelligence issued a report on 9/11, which contained the now notorious 28 redacted pages detailing Saudi ties to the attacks.

In July, Weiner introduced an amendment to the Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill to end aid to the Saudis, a measure supported by 191 Democratic and Republican Members of Congress.  He will introduce a freestanding bill that would add the Saudi's to the list of states which are prohibited from receiving U.S. aid.

"Every day brings more troubling news about the Saudis and their ties to terrorists," said Rep. Weiner.  "We need to be sure that as we fight the war on terror we are not inadvertently funding our enemies."

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