Anti-Terrorism Act Explosion Injury Lawsuits
As Americans, we are largely insulated from the subject of terrorism. While we may register the occasional story on the news regarding acts of terror and terrorism issues, those of us who have no firsthand knowledge of terrorism probably have little understanding of the underlying issues associated with terrorism. Yet, as Americans, the issues surrounding terrorism and violations of the American Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) should be a subject we more fully understand. In particular, we should learn all we can about where the funding for terrorism comes from, which in all actuality, requires a considerable amount of money.
While it may seem an odd notion, terrorists use banks just like you and I do—but for a much more terrifying reason. When American soldiers and contractors receive serious injuries, or even die, due to a terrorism attack, a portion of the responsibility for those injuries and deaths should be laid at the doorstep of the institutions that helped to supply funds to the terrorists. Individuals who have suffered such serious injuries as traumatic amputations, vision loss, spinal cord injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, broken bones and other blast injuries may be entitled to file a U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act Lawsuit. If you, or a loved one are a U.S. Service Member, a U.S. Veteran, or a family member of a veteran, service member, or contractor, who suffered injury or disability, or who had a loved one killed in the Iraq war, you may have important legal rights under the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act.
How Were Global Banks Connected to the Country of Iran, a Known Sponsor of Terrorism?
Around 2007, it started coming to light that a number of foreign banks were found to have actually funneled billions of dollars to Iran, violating international law, U.S. sanctions, and the ATA. In the years that followed, it was ultimately revealed that Iran used this money to:
- Offer Bounties to terrorists to attack civilians, U.S. soldiers and coalition forces;
- Supply weapons such as: IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices, IRAMs (Improvised Rocket Assisted Munitions), RPGs (Rocket Propelled Grenades) and EFPs (Explosively Formed Penetrators);
- Recruit Sunni and Shia terrorist organizations;
- Arm, train, fund and command Sunni and Shia terrorists, and
- Sponsor terrorist groups whose main goal was to attack American soldiers and contractors.
Certain Global Banks have entered into Deferred Prosecution Agreements and Consent Orders in which they admit to violating U.S. Counter-Terrorism Sanctions. Among these banks are:
- HSBC Holding Group Plc
- Credit Suisse AG
- Credit Suisse Asset Management Ltd.
- Commerzbank A.G.
- Standard Chartered Bank Plc
- Barclays Plc
- BNP Paribas S.A.
The funds that these banks provided to Iran were ultimately used by Iran to fund Iraq War terrorists, yet these banks continued financing Iran with billions of United States dollars. Some of these banks even went so far as to alter documents to hide their actions from the U.S. government.
Weren’t There U.S. Sanctions Against Iran?
Congress placed sanctions on Iran which were meant to prohibit the country from sponsoring terrorism or engaging in terrorist acts, yet according to the initial anti-terrorism lawsuit in 2014, at least $100 million was diverted to Iranian military operatives to facilitate terrorist attacks. As it turned out, the numbers were much higher than $100 million. Under the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act, any national of the United States or survivors of that person may sue for injuries received from an act of international terrorism.
18 U.S. Code 2333B makes it a crime to knowingly provide material support or resources to designated foreign terrorist organizations. Under 18 U.S. Code 2333B of the United States, it is a crime to knowingly provide material support or resources to designated foreign terrorist organizations—and any national of the U.S., or survivors of that person may sue for injuries received from such a act of international terror under the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act.
Understanding What the United States Anti-Terrorism Act Specifically Provides For
Years ago, sanctions were placed on Iran by Congress. These sanctions were intended to prohibit Iran from engaging in terrorist acts or sponsoring terrorism. Unfortunately, the sanctions have not always been followed by Iran. According to the first anti-terrorism lawsuit, filed in 2014, a minimum of $100 million dollars was successfully diverted by Iranian military operatives with a purpose of facilitating terrorist attacks against the U.S. In fact, the numbers turned out to be considerably higher than $100 million dollars.
What About an Iraq War Compensation Fund for Victims of Terrorist Attacks?
The country of Iran accessed billions of U.S. dollars, using those funds to recruit, pay salaries and bounties, train and arm terrorists, with a specific goal of injuring and killing U.S. soldiers and contractors throughout the country of Iraq. It is estimated that more than a quarter of all U.S. casualties which took place during Operation New Dawn and Operation Iraqi Freedom were sponsored by Iran, using money from banks who knew what the money was being used for, and in violation of the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act. In addition to arming, training and funding Iraq terrorist groups, Iran was the exclusive manufacturer of EFPs, advanced rockets and munitions which injured and killed U.S. and Coalition Forces. The terrorist groups Hezbollah and Ansar al-Islam, as well as other terrorist groups whose only goal was to harm Americans were sponsored by Iran.
These deliberate acts of terrorism on the part of Iran resulted in the enactment of the United States Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Act (USVSST), which is intended to provide compensation to anyone injured, or the survivors of those killed, by acts of state-sponsored terrorism. Compensation under this act is available to United States persons who hold a final judgment issued by a U.S. district court, which has awarded compensatory damages which arose from acts of international terrorism. Additionally, those U.S. persons who were taken and held hostage from the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran between November 4, 1979 and January 20, 1981—as well as spouses and children of these hostages—may also be entitled to compensation under the USVSST Fund. Finally, the personal representatives of any deceased individual who qualified under the above two categories, could also receive compensation under the USVSST Fund.
What Type of Injuries Resulted from EFP, RPG, IED and IRAM Explosions?
Tens of thousands of U.S. service members, U.S. contractors and U.S. veterans, as well as members of their families suffered serious harm as a result of Iranian-sponsored terrorism. Iranian-sponsored terrorists caused the majority of the U.S. casualties in Iraq, and some of the Afghanistan attacks as well. While there were a wide range of injuries sustained by U.S. service members, U.S. veterans and U.S. contractors, some of the more common injuries included:
- Serious spinal cord injuries;
- Traumatic Brain injuries;
- Broken bones, and limbs which were traumatically amputated;
- Loss of vision;
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and
- Other injuries caused by explosions and blasts
Could You Benefit from Assistance from an Experienced Iraq War Compensation Fund Lawyer?
Perhaps you, or someone close to you, was harmed by these banks who were, essentially, co-conspirators with Iran. By providing financing to Iran, these banks likely violated the United States Anti-Terrorism Act, and those harmed by these actions could potentially benefit from speaking to a U.S. ATA attorney. Your ATA attorney can help you with an Iraq war veteran’s lawsuit. These explosion injury lawsuits, explosion related spinal cord injury lawsuits, and explosion related traumatic brain injury lawsuits can benefit those injured by Iran's state-sponsored terrorism. Explosion injury lawsuits can help those recovering from injuries due to IEDs, EFPs, RPGs and IRAMs, as well as Gold Star family members who lost loved ones as a result of these violations of the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act.
An experienced U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act lawyer can fight hard for those injured or killed as a direct result of violations of the United States Anti-Terrorism Act. Those who are responsible for the traumatic injuries and deaths must be held accountable. While nothing can truly ease the pain of those who suffered such horrific injuries or those whose loved ones died as a result of state-sponsored terrorism, the banks that helped finance the country of Iran, a known sponsor of terror, should be held accountable. If you believe you are entitled to seek reparation for injuries or a death related to violations of the United States ATA, an experienced Iraq War lawyer can help.