September 11, 2001, a date which will live in infamy, continues to haunt America and many families who lost loved ones. Some of the families of those killed in the collapse of the twin towers wanted a financial recompense for the loss of their loved ones and have been seeking damages through lawsuits they wish to file against the countries involved. 15 of the 19 men, who hijacked planes and then flew them into the World Trade Center towers, were from Saudi Arabia. From Allen B. West, now we have learned:
House Resolution 3815, also known as the “Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act” or JASTA, creates an exception to sovereign immunity created by a 1976 law, thus allowing US citizens to sue foreign countries for terrorism that kills Americans on US soil. The law has been invoked to shield Saudi Arabia from lawsuits over the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The Senate voted on the bill in May of this year: The Senate version of JASTA, proposed by John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Charles Schumer (D-New York), was approved in May by 100 votes to zero. The House approved it on Friday by unanimous consent, giving the Republican-dominated legislature the ability to override a veto from President Barack Obama. Both the vote in the Senate and then in the House were voice votes.
And as we could expect: President Obama is expected to veto the bill, in which case it will take a 2/3rd majority in the House and Senate to override. Proponents of the bill believe that they’ll have the 2/3rds majority needed to do that, according to the Washington Post.If the bill passes, Saudi Arabia has threatened to liquidate American assets to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars which implies they think maybe they could lose in court. We’ll be expecting President Obama to try to protect his Saudi Muslim brothers from lawsuits but his final term will expire soon and whether he vetoes the bill or not, Congress can override it or just let Trump deal with it. Either way, American families who have suffered unimaginably deep loss will finally experience some just recompense.