The Cases in Anti-Terrorism Lawsuits
Under the United States Anti-Terrorism Act, any national of the United States and his or her survivors may sue for any injuries received through acts of international terrorism. Under this Act, organizations that support international terrorism may also be held accountable. The Anti-Terrorism Act makes it a crime to knowingly or recklessly provide material support or resources to terrorists. Several global banks knowingly and willfully violated the Anti-Terrorism Act, conspiring to illegally transfer billions of U.S. dollars to Iran, the world’s leading state-sponsor of terror and mastermind behind many of the terror attacks that occurred in Iraq between 2003 and 2011.
Global Banks Involved in State-Sponsored Terrorism
The money and goods to which Iran gained access to with the assistance of these banks were used to support terrorists, and those terrorists were responsible for tragic deaths and injuries to U.S. soldiers and contractors. These global banks were well-aware they were violating the Anti-Terrorism Act, as well as U.S. sanctions against Iran as a state-sponsor of terrorism. These banks admitted to transferring billions of dollars to Iran, and paid billions in fines to the United States; in return, the U.S. agreed to delay prosecution, which essentially means that, once the banks paid a fine, no one went to jail.
EFPs - Expensive Weapons with Iran’s Fingerprints
These banks even admitted that they set up an elaborate payment structure which hid the origin or destination of funds and routed monies through satellite banks to disguise the fact that the transactions were from Iran. For Example, BNP Paribas Bank paid $9 billion for its violations, while the remainder of the banks paid amounts in the millions. EFP detonations may have been the most overt weapon paid for by Iran and used against U.S Soldiers in Iraq, since the technology used to manufacture these weapons was not available in Iraq. EFPs, or Explosively Formed Penetrators, could well be the deadliest weapon faced by U.S. Soldiers while in Iraq. As armor-piercing weapons, EFPs were complex and expensive weapons that are often camouflaged as trash or rocks, hidden as far as 100 yards from the road.
The EFPs manufactured in Iran were made of steel and copper, able to penetrate even hardened armored vehicles. As many as a full quarter of the U.S. casualties which occurred during Operation New Dawn and Operation Iraqi Freedom, were casued by EFPs. EFPs were provided to terrorist cells run by Hezbollah and Al Qaeda and were supplied by Iran’s Qods Force. Other terrorist groups, such as Ansar al-Islam, were provided material support by Iran, including weapons, training, safe haven, safe passage, and operational authority in Iraq.
Filing an Anti-Terrorism Lawsuit
If you or a loved one suffered serious injury or death due to Iranian-sponsored terrorism, you could potentially benefit from filing a United States Anti-Terrorism Act lawsuit. Under our anti-terrorism laws, you could be entitled to the damages sustained, as well as your lawsuit costs, such as attorney fees. While these anti-terrorism lawsuits are important for those who were severely injured or killed because of violations of the Anti-Terrorism Act by global banks, it is also important for more people to understand how banks and corporations help enable Iran and its terrorists target and attack civilian populations, including Americans, in an effort to export Islamic jihad around the globe. Having a highly experienced anti-terrorism lawyer by your side during this difficult time could make a significant difference in the outcome of your United States Anti-Terrorism Act Lawsuit.