I'm a little bothered by this..
We seize control of the funds and then WE can determine a portion should be awarded to OUR people??!! That doesn't quiet sound just, imo.
I hope this doesn't mean the survivors will be paid out of funds we have seized or frozen...i'm afraid it does, though.
This is from AOL, but since they won't allow me to link their site, I've cut and pasted
NEW YORK (May 8)- A federal judge's finding that there was enough evidence to show Iraq supported Osama bin Laden's terror network and must pay millions in damages is ''a significant victory,'' a lawyer in the case said.
U.S. District Judge Harold Baer concluded in a decision issued Wednesday that lawyers for the families of two Sept. 11 victims ''have shown, albeit barely ... that Iraq provided material support to bin Laden and al-Qaida'' before the attacks.
The decision outlines nearly $104 million in damages, and names the former Iraqi government, former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, bin Laden, al-Qaida, the Taliban and the former Afghanistan government as liable.
James Beasley, a Philadelphia lawyer who brought the case, called the ruling ''a significant victory'' because it represented the first time a judge linked al-Qaida and Iraq in the attacks.
He said it was unclear how much in frozen Iraqi and al-Qaida assets could be available to satisfy the judgment. To help pay for Iraq's revival, the Bush administration has started to use roughly $1.7 billion in Iraqi funds frozen in 1990.
The judge wrote that lawyers relied heavily on ''classically hearsay'' evidence, including reports that a Sept. 11 hijacker met an Iraqi consul to Prague, Secretary of State Colin Powell's remarks to the United Nations about connections between Iraq and terrorism, and defectors' descriptions of the use of an Iraq camp to train terrorists.
Baer said the opinions of the lawyers' experts were sufficient to show that Iraq collaborated in or supported bin Laden's terrorist acts on Sept. 11.
The judge noted that the experts provided few hard facts, but noted that the experts provided a sufficient basis for a jury to conclude that Iraq provided material support to al-Qaida.
In January, he issued a default order against the defendants after public announcements of the lawsuits failed to attract a response from them.
The ruling stemmed from suits brought on behalf of the estate of George Eric Smith, 38, a senior business analyst for SunGard Asset Management, and Timothy Soulas, a senior managing director and partner at Cantor Fitzgerald Securities.
The case was closely watched by lawyers for plaintiffs in other lawsuits filed after the Sept. 11 attack against Iraq, al-Qaida and others because it was the first to reach the damages phase.
A 1996 law permits lawsuits against countries identified by the State Department as sponsors of international terrorism.