According to a Reuters story, “Judge Finds Link Between Iraq and 9/11 Attacks,” published in the May 7 New York Times, U.S. District Judge Harold Baer, a member of the Hobart Class of 1954, said on Wednesday that families of two victims killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks were able to show a tenuous link between Iraq and Osama bin Laden in the strikes. He awarded the plaintiffs more than $100 million in damages. Baer ordered that a group of defendants including bin Laden, his al Qaeda network, the Taliban, Afghanistan, Saddam Hussein and the Republic of Iraq pay the families for pain, suffering and economic losses.
In his verdict, he wrote, “I conclude that plaintiffs have shown, albeit barely … that Iraq provided material support to bin Laden and al Qaeda. My decision reflects no more than that the facts and the available inferences meet the plaintiff's burden of proof.”