9/11 Widow Sues Saudi Arabia

The first after Congress opened way for such suits, more to follow
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2016 10:12 AM CDT
9/11 Widow Sues Saudi Arabia
An airfone recovered from the wreckage of Flight 93, left, and a Pentagon ID from Patrick Dunn at an exhibit at the Smithsonian containing artifacts from the 9/11 attacks, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009 in Washington.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

When Navy Cmdr. Patrick Dunn died in the attack at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, he left behind a wife who would give birth to their daughter seven months later. Now, 15 years after his death, CNN reports that Dunn's widow, Stephanie DeSimone, is suing the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in the first such lawsuit to go forward since Congress overrode President Obama's veto of a bill that allows Americans to sue foreign governments for terrorism. "Absent the support provided by the Kingdom, al Qaeda would not have possessed the capacity to conceive, plan, and execute the September 11th attacks," DeSimone's lawsuit, which also lists her daughter as a plaintiff, reads. It says the victims suffered "severe and permanent personal injuries." Hundreds more such suits are set to go forward as early as Monday, notes RT. (Read more 9/11 attacks stories.)

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