On September 11, 2001, the Eagleson family—along with hundreds of others like them—lost a beloved family member in an event that shocked the world and shook the foundations of American culture. Brett Eagleson’s father, Bruce Eagleson, died that Tuesday morning in New York City, New York. Hijackers who hated the United States took control of four passenger planes. They flew one into each of New York’s World Trade Center towers, bringing those to the ground. Another targeted the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. A fourth didn’t reach its destination. It crashed in a field in Pennsylvania after passengers on board chose to fight the hijackers.
In all, 2,977 individuals lost their lives on that devastating day.
This September marks the 20th anniversary of that tragic, evil event. While mourning continues, some victims’ relatives press the courts to answer their lingering questions. They hold that the government of Saudi Arabia was involved in the events. A lawsuit that puts responsibility on Saudi Arabia finally took a major step forward this year. After all this time, American government-employed investigators finally questioned former Saudi officials under oath. But those documents remain confidential.
The lack of information has vexed families who are convinced that the Saudi government gave support to the hijackers. Past investigations have identified ties between Saudi nationals and some of those who participated. But none have established direct government involvement. Attorneys for the victims plan to ask a judge to lift a protective order preventing their clients’ access to secret government documents. They also want to review testimony from the key subjects interviewed over the last year. The lawyers contend that this will provide clarity for the clients and apply pressure to produce the truth.
“The legal team and the FBI, investigative agencies, can know about the details of my dad’s death and thousands of other family members’ deaths. But the people who it’s most relevant to can’t,” says Eagleson.
“It’s adding salt to an open wound for all the 9/11 family members. . . . Sooner or later, this trial is going to become mainstream,” he adds. “They can’t keep things secret forever.”
God promises that He will bring everything that is hidden in darkness into light. (Luke 12:2-3) He judges with perfection. His judgment is filled with equity towards all the inhabitants of the Earth. Even if the current lawsuit does not provide the answers the Eaglesons and other want about the 9/11 events, God sees. He knows, and He is still in control and reigning justly.