A federal judge in New York has ordered the country of Iran to shell out $6 billion to compensate the family members of those killed on 9/11.
The default judgment was issued Tuesday by District Judge George Daniels, who believes Iran’s Central Bank and Revolutionary Guard Corps are directly responsible for at least 1,000 of the deaths that occurred on 9/11.
Specifically, Daniels wants Tehran to pay $12.5 million per spouse, $8.5 million per child and parent, and $4.25 million per sibling. The order includes an interest rate of nearly 5%, which begins starting on Sep. 11th, 2001.
This outrageously misguided ruling is only possible thanks to the 2016 Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, which made it possible for US courts to sue other countries in cases involving terrorism.
I understand that people are looking for someone to blame here, but that someone is not Iran. According to the official US investigation into 9/11, Iran had no role whatsoever in the attack (not to mention most of the hijackers were Saudis).
Daniels’s judgment is senseless and dangerous in that it does nothing to help victims’ family members and it opens the US to major lawsuits from enemies throughout the world.
The courts run on precedence. Now people all over the world can sue the US for whatever conspiracy they want to hold us responsible for – and they have a price set by a court.