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9/11 Victims’ Families & Survivors United for Justice Against Terrorism Applaud Senators John Cornyn and Chuck Schumer’s Efforts to Guarantee a Path Toward Justice
Legislation Targets Those Who Aid in Terrorism Attacks
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 17, 2015 – The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act S.2040 (“JASTA”) was introduced in the Senate on September 16, 2015 with 18 bipartisan cosponsors under the leadership of Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Charles Schumer (D-NY).
JASTA ensures that those who provide the financing and support to terrorists who carry out attacks on U.S. soil, such as the nineteen al Qaeda hijackers and plotters behind September 11, are held accountable in U.S. courts.
By holding financiers accountable, JASTA also will deter other terrorist supporters from contributing to terrorist organizations. Depriving terrorist organizations of such sources of funding would materially degrade their ability to carry out terrorist attacks against Americans here in the homeland and abroad.
Marge Mathers, a 74 year-old widow from Texas who is seeking justice for the murder of her husband Charles Mathers said, “Thank God we have dedicated lawmakers such as Senator John Cornyn and Chuck Schumer who are leading the charge in D.C. for the passage of JASTA. While the terrorists who committed the cowardly act of murdering my husband died with the victims on that horrible day, the people who gave logistical and financial support to the nineteen terrorists have never been brought to justice. JASTA will lead us to our day in court.”
“The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act will allow victims’ of terrorism to seek justice – one of our most cherished American values” said Terry Strada of New Jersey, who lost her husband, Tom Strada in the North Tower at the WTC. “My commitment, dedication and conviction for justice has never been stronger. Fourteen years is a long time to wait for justice and JASTA will help us accomplish our goal of holding the bankrollers of 9/11 accountable in a U.S. court.”