Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Specter, Wyden Introduce Saudi Arabia Accountability Act of 2007

by Senators Arlen Specter and Ron Wyden (US)

The legislation calls on Saudi Arabia to immediately and unconditionally:

  • permanently close all organizations in Saudi Arabia that fund, train, incite, encourage, or in any way aid and abet terrorism anywhere in the world;
  • end all funding for offshore terrorist organizations;
  • block all funding from private Saudi citizens and entities to Saudi-based or offshore terror organizations, and;
  • provide complete, unrestricted, and unobstructed cooperation to the United States in the investigation of terror groups and individuals.
The Saudi Arabia Accountability Act of 2007 also contains a reporting requirement that the President of the United States certify to Congress when Saudi Arabia is in compliance with the actions listed above. Absent this certification, the Secretary of State must report to Congress describing Saudi Arabia’s progress towards achieving the four objectives. “We cannot be successful in the Global War on Terrorism by ignoring the problem Saudi Arabia presents to our security,” Specter said. “If we want Saudi Arabia to be a real partner in counterterrorism, we must stop giving the Saudi government a free pass. Most countries that fail to take action against terrorist financiers are not given the chance to sign a $20 billion arms deal with the United States,” said Wyden.

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