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After almost nine years of litigation in the case, which was brought in the District of Columbia, U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler was considering a motion filed by the PA and the PLO to vacate the default that had been entered for a second time against them, for failing to file an answer to the plaintiffs complaint. Judge Kessler asked Secretary of State Clintons State Department to file a Statement of Interest, so that the Court would understand the international ramifications of any order it might enter, and to be apprised of our governments position about such ramifications.
In deciding to vacate the second default subject to the defendants posting of a one million dollar bond, Judge Kessler noted that the State Department had declined to file the Statement of Interest. Instead, it filed what the Judge described as a mealy-mouthed Notice, which for all practical purposes, said nothing and certainly provided no substantive guidance whatsoever to the Court regarding the Governments position or concerns about any impact a decision might have on the delicate situation in the Middle East.
Morton A. Klein, the
Reasonable people cant help but draw an inference from the State Departments actions, and it is a troubling one: It suggests a level of indifference to the consequences of international Islamist terrorism, which is a continuing and grave concern. The State Department should have put it on the record that its foremost priority is American victims of terrorism such as Esh Kodesh Gilmore and his family. Particularly where this family is enduring such a disgracefully long period to resolve their claims apparently in large part due to the PAs and PLOs delaying actions the State Department should have made it crystal clear that its commitment to fighting international Islamist terrorism, which remains a significant threat to all of us, includes ensuring that American victims like Esh Kodesh Gilmore and his family obtain justice as expeditiously as possible.
We call on President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton to explain: Why isnt the United States fighting the war against terrorism on all fronts, by firmly and forcefully advocating for American victims seeking just compensation for their losses? We share U.S. Judge Gladys Kesslers concern; why is the Obama administration being particularly unhelpful and the Clinton State Department being mealy-mouthed in these critical anti-terrorism cases?