U.S. court orders Iran and others to pay $6 billion for 9/11 attacks

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A US judge formally ordered Iran, Al-Qaeda and several other defendants Wednesday to pay $6 billion compensation to the victims of september 11, 2001, in a largely symbolic ruling.


Although Iran denies any connection to
9/11, it was included in the list of
alleged culprits by the US District
Court in New York, along with the
Lebanese militant group Hezbollah,
Afghanistan's Taliban guerrillas and
Al-Qaeda, which took credit for the
massive terror attack.


Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali
Khamenei is also named.

However, the money, awarded for
economic, personal and punitive
damages for a total of $6,048,513,805,
is unlikely to be recovered.


Iran is in a tense standoff with the
United States over multiple issues,
especially its nuclear industry and
alleged plan to build an atomic
weapon. Iranian-backed Hezbollah has
no relations with the United States.
Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden,
who is also named, was killed by US
Navy SEALs in a raid inside Pakistan in
2011. The Taliban are in an active war
with US-led troops across Afghanistan.


The ruling caps a series of court
decisions prompted by lawsuits filed
by families of 47 victims from among
the nearly 3,000 killed on 9/11.
Last year, Judge George Daniels signed
a judgment in favor of the plaintiffs. A
magistrate then calculated the
recommended compensation, which
Daniels on Wednesday approved in his
ruling.


Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda claimed
responsibility for the attacks, in which
hijacked airliners were used to bring
down the World Trade Center towers
in New York and to crash into the
Pentagon near Washington.


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US courts are not independent like Indian courts. A cursory study of US jurisprudence over the past four or five decades will show that the courts have always been pro-establishment and pro-business. In addition, the laws are always drafted in such a way as to screw over the common man. A minimum wage labourer actually pays a higher percentage of his income in tax here compared to multimillionaires. A very topsy turvy place indeed!
 

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US courts are not independent like Indian courts. A cursory study of US jurisprudence over the past four or five decades will show that the courts have always been pro-establishment and pro-business. In addition, the laws are always drafted in such a way as to screw over the common man. A minimum wage labourer actually pays a higher percentage of his income in tax here compared to multimillionaires. A very topsy turvy place indeed!
Your ignorance is truly awesome, your style is ridiculously pompous, and your post is entirely irrelevant. And yet, for me to point that out is a violation of the rules. That is what is topsy turvy.
 

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And I forgot to mention, the US "justice" system is the only one among those that follow common law that also has provisions of secret grand jury indictments. Grand Juries are misused rampantly by the government to suppress political dissent.

What Are Grand Juries?

How Has the Grand Jury Been Misused?

Because of their broad subpoena powers and secretive nature, grand juries have been used by the government to gather information on political movements and to disrupt those movements by causing fear and mistrust. The grand jury lends itself to being used for improper political investigation due in part to the prosecutor's ability to question witnesses without regard for rules that prohibit irrelevant, unreliable or unlawfully obtained evidence. Those called before the grand jury may be compelled to answer any question, even those relating to lawful personal and political activities. That information has been used by the government as a basis to conduct further surveillance and disruption of political dissent. When used against political movements, the grand jury causes fear and mistrust because persons who refuse to answer questions about their First Amendment political activities, friends and associates may be jailed for the life of the grand jury: up to 18 months. If a witness asserts their Fifth Amendment right to remain silent, they may be forced to accept immunity or go to jail for contempt. Even a witness who attempts to cooperate can be jailed if minor inconsistencies are found in their testimony. Such a perjury charge may stand even when the grand jury fails to hand down any indictment for what it was ostensibly investigating.
 

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