Obama seems more committed to ‘international relations’ than to justice for 9/11 families. How compassionate of him.
President Barack Obama vetoed a bill that would allow the families of 9/11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia.
Obama objected to the ‘Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act’ on Friday, warning that if US citizens are allowed to take the Saudis into court, then foreign countries could do the same to the United States.
Congress will try to override the president’s veto as early as Tuesday. If the bill receives the two-thirds vote necessary in both the House and Senate, it would be the first of Obama’s presidency.
Many families of 9/11 victims have campaigned relentlessly for the law, convinced that the Saudi government had a hand in the attacks that killed almost 3,000 people.
Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were Saudi citizens, but no link to the government has been proven. The Saudi government denies any links to the plotters.Congress is expected to move rapidly, since lawmakers are eager to return home to campaign ahead of the November election.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office said the Senate would take up the override ‘as soon as practicable in this work period.’
The bill would end the immunity foreign countries have from lawsuits in the US, and allow federal civil suits to be brought against countries if they are deemed responsible for a US terror attack.
But the president warned that the bill would be ‘detrimental to US national interests’ by chipping away at the concept of sovereign immunity.
Doing away with it could mean the same courtesy would no longer be extended to the US – opening up Americans diplomats and servicemen to lawsuits from foreign governments.
The administration was also apprehensive about undermining a longstanding yet difficult relationship with Saudi Arabia.
The Saudis remain a key ally in combating the spread of terrorism throughout the Middle East, and serve as a counterweight against Iran’s influence in the region.
Read more: Daily Mail
This is hot on the heels of Obama’s address on 9/11 at the Pentagon:
The White House says that it is because they are concerned about ‘U.S. sovereign immunity’. Since when was Obama concerned about U.S. sovereign anything?
Obama’s final address to the U.N. spoke about the great ‘accomplishments’ of the U.N. and the Progressive mantra that everyone needs to understand that ‘Globalism’ isn’t going anywhere.
Obama is determined to keep the Saudis as allies, despite their known involvement funding terrorism.
The left seems to have blinders on when it comes to Islamic Terror.
How will the 9/11 families get justice if this bill is vetoed?