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CT senator, 9/11 families demand justice from countries who enable extremism

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal joined 9/11 families to push a bill that would allow terrorism victims to sue countries that have supported extremism. (WFSB photo) Sen. Richard Blumenthal joined 9/11 families to push a bill that would allow terrorism victims to sue countries that have supported extremism. (WFSB photo)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

One of Connecticut's senators joined families of 9/11 victims to demand justice for victims of terrorism.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal said the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act would allow victims of terrorism and their families to sue foreign countries like Saudi Arabia that sponsor or support violent extremism.

It would provide compensation.

Blumenthal said his calls come following revelations that exposed Saudi ties to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

“These new revelations were a chilling indictment of Saudi Arabia’s ties to violent extremism, payments to terrorists and obstruction of U.S. antiterrorism investigations that raise serious concerns about the Saudi role in the 9/11 attacks," Blumenthal said.

He said he'll be joined by 9/11 families for a news conference to call on the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the measure. It passed through the Senate back in May.

"The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act that I helped lead to passage in the Senate would empower victims to seek justice against foreign actors like Saudi Arabia who support terrorism, discouraging these foreign enablers and providing simple, humanitarian justice to victims and their families," Blumenthal said.

Blumenthal said he'll be joined by Mary and Frank Fetchet, parents of 9/11 victim Brad Fetchet, Kyle and Brett Eagleson, sons of 9/11 victim Bruce Eagleson, and Terry Strada, national chair, 9/11 Families and Survivors United for Justice Against Terrorism and wife of 9/11 victim Thomas Strada.

The news conference began around 12 p.m. outside of U.S District Court on Church Street in New Haven.

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