The Levin Papantonio Rafferty law firm represents the victims of the NAS Pensacola terror attack that happened on Dec. 6, 2019, when second Lieutenant Mohammed Al-Shamrani of the Royal Saudi Air Force took a weapon onto the base and proceeded to enact one of the worst mass shootings and first Al Qaeda-inspired terrorist attacks on American soil since 9/11.
“We’ve been investigating that attack now for almost two years,” said Paulos. “And we are in suit against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia here in Federal District Court in Pensacola.”
Paulos and his firm have found “some frightening similarities” between the 9/11 attacks and the NAS shooting after reviewing the 16 pages of FBI notes regarding the 9/11 attacks, recently declassified by the Biden administration.
He said the investigative notes concerned “co-conspirators and individuals who are connected to the 9/11 hijackers, specifically Saudi officials, intelligence officials, and diplomatic officials in San Diego that had the FBI assessed provided significant logistical support to the 9/11 hijackers when they got here to the United States and began percolating through our communities.”
Paulos said Saudi Arabia had worked over the past two decades to obstruct and prevent the release of the documents. And then when that release of those documents is imminent to cry for transparency and then claim that these documents exonerate them. He said they have followed similar pattern with the NAS shooting.
“Originally Saudi Arabia came out and said that they would support the victims, that they would do everything in their power to make things right,” said Paulos. “ And in reality, they’ve denied, denied, denied. They’ve denied the existence of my clients. They’ve denied the occurrence of the attack, essentially in all respects other than the press. And so that’s why we’ve been forced to actually sue them to hold them to account.”