9/11 Families Can’t Seize $3.5B in Afghan Bank Funds: Judge

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A judge on Tuesday refused a bid by the families of Sept. 11 victims to seize $3.5 billion in frozen assets belonging to Afghanistan’s central bank to fulfill previously obtained court awards against the Taliban. In his ruling, U.S. District Judge George Daniels of Manhattan said that he was “constitutionally restrained” from allowing the relatives access to the funds, as it would require recognizing the Taliban as Afghanistan’s legitimate government, something he noted was beyond the U.S. courts’ power.

“The judgment creditors are entitled to collect on their default judgments and be made whole for the worst terrorist attack in our nation’s history, but they cannot do so with the funds of the central bank of Afghanistan,” Daniels wrote. “The Taliban—not the former Islamic Republic of Afghanistan or the Afghan people—must pay for the Taliban’s liability in the 9/11 attacks.” In a statement, Lee Wolosky, a lawyer for a group of relatives seeking the funds, said, “This decision deprives over 10,000 members of the 9/11 community of their right to collect compensation from the Taliban. We believe it is wrongly decided and will appeal.” Read more at The New York Times.


  1. The 9/11 families should obtain the $billions from the trillions of dollars from Bush’s savings, the mastermind of the terror attack.

  2. Why did Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld allow a plane load of undocumented Saudi Arabians to flee the country on Sep. 12th, when the rest of air travel was on complete lockdown???!

    • There was a lockdown but no planes went into any of the 4 buildings, thus no Arab fled. You’re too brainwashed from mainstream propaganda lies. Haven’t you yet realized it was all CGI? They forgot to photoshop the blue sky – see picture.


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