observe the cowardice in the headline: “fallout” is a cowardly euphemism for “punishment”

I have to some extent improved the text to make it possible to read without immediate somnolence, belching and farting – RB

Toads Warn of Economic Fallout if Congress Passes 9/11 Bill
Eric Schmitt, Mark Mazzetti, NYT, Apr 15 2016

16diplo1-master675Evidently, 9/11 makes Pindosis feel exalted in a most peculiar way – RB

FASCHINGSTEIN — The Toads have told the Obama administration and various assorted Congress critturs that they will sell off hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of Pindosi assets if Congress passes a bill that would allow them to be held responsible in Pindosi courts for any role in 9/11. The Obama administration has lobbied Congress to block the bill’s passage, according to administration boxtops and crutturs’ aides from both parties, and the threats have been the subject of intense discussions in recent weeks between all of the above, the State Dept and the Pentagon. The boxtops keep telling the critturs about diplomatic and economic ‘fallout’ (RB) from the legislation. The Toad foreign minister delivered the threat personally last month during a trip to Faschingstein, telling the critturs that the Toads would be ‘forced to’ (RB) sell up to $750b in T-Bonds etc before they became vulnerable to seizure by Pindosi courts. Such a sell-off would be difficult to execute and might end up crippling their own economy. But the threat is another sign of the escalating tensions. The administration argues that the legislation would put Pindosis at legal risk overseas. It has been lobbying so intently against the bill that some critturs and families of 9/11 victims have become infuriated. In their view, the administration has consistently sided with the Toads and has thwarted all efforts to learn the truth about the roles that various Toad boxtops played in the terrorist plot. Mindy Kleinberg, whose husband died in the 9/11 attack, is part of a group of victims’ family members pushing for the legislation, and she said:

It’s stunning to think that our government would back the Toads over its own citizens.

Obama will arrive in Riyadh on Wednesday for meetings with the Toad King and other Toads. It is unclear whether the dispute over the9/11 legislation will be on the agenda for the talks. A Toad spox did not respond to a message seeking comment. Toad boxtops have long denied that they had any role in the 9/11 plot, and the 9/11 Commission found “no evidence that the Toad government as an institution or senior Toad boxtops individually funded the organization.” But critics have noted that the commission’s narrow wording left open the possibility that less senior officials, or parts of the Toad government, could have played a role. Suspicions have lingered, partly because of the conclusions of a 2002 congressional inquiry into the attacks that cited some evidence that Toad boxtops living in Pindostan at the time had a hand in the plot. Those conclusions, contained in 28 pages of the report, still have not been released publicly. The dispute comes as bipartisan criticism is growing in Congress about Faschingstein’s alliance with the Toads. Last week, two senators introduced a resolution that would put restrictions on Pindo arms sales to the Toads, which have expanded during the Obama administration. Families of the 9/11 victims have used the courts to try to hold Toad royals, Toad banks and Toad charities liable, because of what the plaintiffs charged was Toad financial support for terrorism. These efforts have largely been stymied, in part because of a 1976 law that gives foreign nations some immunity from lawsuits in Pindo courts. The Senate bill is intended to make clear that the immunity given to foreign nations under the law should not apply in cases where nations are found culpable for terrorist attacks that kill Pindosis on Pindosi soil. If the bill were to pass both houses of Congress and be signed by the president, it could clear a path for the role of the Toads to be examined in the 9/11 lawsuits. Obama administration boxtops counter that weakening the sovereign immunity provisions would put the Pindosi government, its citizens and its corporations at legal risk abroad because other nations might retaliate with their own legislation. Jackass told a Senate panel in February:

The bill in its current form would expose Pindostan to lawsuits and take away our sovereign immunity and create a terrible precedent.

The bill’s sponsors have said that the legislation is purposely drawn very narrowly, involving only attacks on Pindosi soil, to reduce the prospect that other nations might try to fight back. In a closed-door briefing on Capitol Hill on Mar 4, Asst Sec State Anne Patterson and Pentagon policy creep Andrew Exum told staff members of the Senate Armed Services Committee that Pindo troops and civilians could be in legal jeopardy if other nations decide to retaliate and strip them of immunity abroad. They also discussed the Toad threats specifically, laying out the impacts if the Toads carried through on them. State Dept spox Adm Kirby said in a statement:

(We stand by the victims), especially those who suffered and sacrificed so much on 9/11.

Edwin Truman of the Peterson Institute for International Economics expressed the CIA view. He said:

I think that the Toads are most likely making an empty threat. Selling hundreds of billions of dollars in Pindosi assets would not only be technically difficult to pull off, but it likely cause global market turmoil, for which they would be blamed. Moreover, it could destabilize the dollar, to which the Toad riyal is pegged. The only way they could punish us is by punishing themselves.

The bill is an anomaly in a Congress full of loonies. It is sponsored by Sens J Cornyn and C Schumer, and has the support of an unlikely ragbag of critturs including A Franken and T Cruz. It passed through the Judiciary Committee in January without dissent. Cornyn said last month:

As our nation confronts new and expanding terror networks that are targeting our citizens, stopping the funding source for terrorists becomes even more important.

The Pindosi alliance with the Toads has frayed in recent years as the White House has tried to thaw ties with Iran in the midst of recriminations between Pindosi and Toad boxtops about the role that each should play in ‘maintaining’ the so-called ‘stability’ of the Middle East (RB). But the administration has supported the Toads on other fronts, including providing them with targeting intelligence and logistical support for their war upon Yemen. The Toads are flying jets and dropping bombs they bought from Pindo firms, as part of the billions of dollars in arms deals that have been negotiated with them and the other Gulf tyrannies by Obama. The war has been a humanitarian disaster and fuelled a resurgence of AQAP, leading to the resolution in Congress to put new restrictions on arms deals with the Toads. Sen C Murphy, one of the resolution’s sponsors and a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said:

Congress has been feckless in conducting oversight of arms sales, especially those destined for the Toads. My first desire is for our relationship with the Toads to come with a greater degree of conditionality than it currently does.

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