Kazusada Sumiyama, the father of Yoichi Sugiyama, who was killed in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, has raised questions about the effectiveness of a controversial “anti-conspiracy” bill submitted to the Japanese House of Representatives on March 21, 2017, reports The Mainichi. (Japanese version)
The proposed bill newly establishes a charge of preparing for acts of terrorism and other offenses to which “conspiracy charges” would apply. The government claims that the bill is necessary to prevent terrorism and protect the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo and to ratify the U.N. Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. There has been a great deal of opposition to the bill.
“I heard that the bill is for joining the treaty to crack down on the mafia, but will it be a measure against terrorism?” said Mr. Sumiyama. “I wonder if the government is capitalizing on the treaty (in order to enact the bill).”
Mr. Sumiyama has nearly finished a Japanese translation of The 9/11 Report: The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States and is seeking a publisher.
A number of families who lost someone in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and some rescue and recovery workers are suing Saudi Arabia in federal court, accusing it of funding al Qaida’s deadly attacks on the Pentagon, the four planes of 9/11, and the World Trade Center.
The suit was filed on March 20, 2017 in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, reports Ellen Yan in Newsday.
The suit says that Saudi Arabian nonprofit organizations — some of which were headed by bin Laden’s friends and family — were used by senior members of the Saudi government and by al Qaida to fund terrorist operations.
According to the suit, the 19 September 11th hijackers — 15 of whom were Saudi — were assisted by Saudi diplomats and officials with safe houses, documentation, weapons and money.
A spokesman from the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Washington, D.C. did not comment.
NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill traveled to Washington, D.C. to fight the budget cut that will take approximately $110 million New York City’s anti-terrorism money, reported Cameron Joseph in the New York Daily News.
The amount projected to be cut is about one-third of what the city spends in counter-terrorism,
Hardest hit by the cuts would be NYPD active-shooter trainingand vapor wake bomb-sniffing dogs.