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Group Opposes Saudi Arabia Accountability Act ^ | Friday, Dec. 26, 2003 | Carl Limbacher and Staff

Posted on 12/27/2003 9:09:37 AM PST by vladog

Group Opposes Saudi Arabia Accountability Act

The Saudi Arabia Accountability Act was introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate and is currently in committee. The bill seeks to place sanctions against the kingdom for not cooperating with the United States in the war on terror.

"The reality is the kingdom is in a daily battle against terrorism and has cooperated fully with the United States in combating terrorism," says the Saudi-American Forum.

Saudi Arabia has been praised for its efforts from President Bush and numerous high-ranking officials. This accountability bill only seeks to damage the U.S.-Saudi relationship and to impair the U.S.'s ability to effectively work with its allies, maintains the Forum in a press release.

Weakening our partnership in the war on terror will make Americans less safe, says the Forum, which asks that voters, "Please tell your Member of Congress and Senators your opinion on the continued effort to castigate a critical partner in America's war on terrorism."

On Nov. 18, 2003, Sen. Arlen Specter. R-Pa., introduced the Saudi Arabia Accountability Act of 2003. The bill was later introduced in the House on Nov. 21, 2003, by Rep. Anthony D. Weiner, D-N.Y.

This bill, says the Forum, seeks to place sanctions on Saudi Arabia unless the president makes a certification that Saudi Arabia is making maximum effort to fight terrorism. If a certification is not made, according to the bill, the president should take the following actions:

Prohibit export to Saudi Arabia of any defense articles or services listed on the Arms Export Control Act.

Prohibit export to Saudi Arabia of any items listed on the Commerce Control List (these are materials that have both economic and military uses).

Restrict travel of Saudi diplomats to a 25-mile radius of the city in which their offices are located. (This would apply to the Saudi Embassy in D.C., the Saudi U.N. mission in New York, and the Saudi Consulates in Houston and Los Angeles). The Saudi-American Forum believes these types of hostile legislative initiatives damage the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia.

The only other country besides the United States squarely in the crosshairs of al-Qaeda is Saudi Arabia. Saudis, along with Americans, have been targets of horrific terrorist bombings in the kingdom during this year, maintains the group.

Among the most recent statements in this regard was Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage's comment: "Saudis have been going after these terrorists and trying to tear them out, root and branch, and in the process they've also lost several of their policemen and SWAT members. I think they are really going after it."

Louis Freeh wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, "The FBI's investigation [Khobar Tower bombing] only succeeded because of the real cooperation" with Saudi diplomatic and intelligence officials.

In September 2003, U.S. Treasurer John Snow went to the Middle East and met with Crown Prince Abdullah. Afterward he said, "I've got an absolute sense that there are no holds barred in going after the money and the terrorists."

Among the actions Saudi Arabia and the United States have taken in the joint war on terrorism, points out the group: questioned thousands of suspects, arrested more than 600 individuals, broke up a number of al-Qaeda cells, seized large quantities of arms caches, extradited suspects from other countries, and set up joint task forces.

The U.S. war on terror is impaired by counterproductive legislative attempts to discredit one of America's longest-standing allies, maintains the Forum.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Philosophy; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: sanctions; saudiamericans; saudiarabia
This Saudi Forum is the problem, not the solution.
1 posted on 12/27/2003 9:09:39 AM PST by vladog
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To: vladog
Saudi Arabia's main exports are oil and wahabbi fanaticism.
2 posted on 12/27/2003 9:16:24 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Death before dhimmi.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Saudi Arabia's main exports are oil and wahabbi fanaticism

And bribes.

3 posted on 12/27/2003 9:23:14 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero
And bribes.

And, "positions" after their "public service career"...
And, contracts to firms friendly to the House of Saud...
And, sanctuary to murderers - sought by others...

I would love to see a list of all the past and current politicians or their family members or friends that are on the receiving end of "favors" from the House of Saud...

Semper Fi

4 posted on 12/27/2003 9:33:57 AM PST by river rat
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