9/11 victims criticize Biden’s handling of Afghanistan’s foreign exchange reserves

The Biden administration’s controversial decision to seize Afghanistan’s foreign currency reserves to compensate 9/11 victims has not given any peace to the families of those killed in the attack.

Amidst a bitter legal feud over the money, Biden has been accused of steering a “dirty inside deal” that will leave many families out to dry, the Washington Examiner reported.

Biden’s “dirty deal”

In February, President Biden seized Afghanistan’s $7 billion in foreign exchange reserves and set aside one-half of the money for 9/11 victims.

Some 9/11 families say the money belongs to Afghanistan, which has spiraled into a humanitarian crisis since the Taliban took over last August and brought an end to a shaky, 20-year U.S. occupation. In a letter, the families called Biden’s decision “morally wrong” and called on him to reverse course.

“Order and affirm that the Afghanistan central bank funds belong to the Afghan people and the Afghan people alone,” the families wrote.

But there’s another layer to this delicate dilemma: a group of families known as the Havlish plaintiffs won a default judgment against the Taliban in 2011, which they argue entitles them to collect the seized money. That has led some families to fear being left out.

Brett Eagleson, founder of 9/11 Justice and member of a group called the Ashton plaintiffs, speculates that there was a “dirty inside deal” involving the Havlish plaintiffs’ lawyer, Lee Wolosky.

Another Biden blunder, or something worse?

Wolosky joined the Biden administration after winning a “writ of execution” enforcing the Havlish plaintiffs’ judgment against the Taliban, and then left shortly before Biden issued his executive order seizing Afghanistan’s currency reserves.

The Biden administration insists there was no conflict of interest there, but either way, Eagleson is blaming Biden for a “nightmare scenario” that has ripped the 9/11 community asunder.

“I think this is a nightmare scenario for the entire 9/11 community because you’re pitting victims against victims and you’re making us fight like dogs over a piece of meat,” he said.

“I just think it’s terrible that the Biden administration put us in this situation without clarifying or without making a commitment to fairness and equity,” he added.

Is it incompetence, or malice that is to blame in this mess? With the Biden administration, it’s sometimes hard to tell.

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