USA: Senate passed bill allowing Saudi Arabia to be sued for 911 Posted on May 17, 2016 by Eeyore — 9 Comments ↓ The Senate by UC just passed bill to allow 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for their possible involvement in the terror attacks — Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) May 17, 2016 Share this:FacebookTwitter
This is where all the money the Saudis forwarded to the Clinton foundation will come in handy.
To a very large extent that depends on who wins in Novermber, a win by Hillary will ensure that no law suit will be allowed, a win by Trump is a different ballgame and would require a bunch of Judges to be bribed.
Trump has to use elements of the foreign policy establishment. There’s so much rot, in career-years a generation. It won’t be easy to find good people with contemporary experience.
The Civil Service act also insures that the liberals in the State Department will remain there to sabotage most of what Trump tries to do. Way back when they could be fired easily most of them worked for what the current President wants, now they work for what the left wants no matter who is President.
Yes, that’s another problem.
We can’t fix this mess as easily as some people think, just by electing the right president. When I read exaggerated expectations, I worry.
After all, we’re not in Strong Man- mode.
Not yet, anyway.
The Clintons cashed in big, another reason to loathe them.
But the Bush family – whom I actually liked – they’ve deep in Saudi doo-doo for generations.
This is why the US shouldn’t have political dynasties, the corruption of the early generations tends to follow through the following generations.
Oh boy, do I know that!
Massachusetts => the
CNN – Senate OKs bill to let 9/11 families sue Saudi Arabia
Washington (CNN)In a rebuke to the White House, the Senate approved a bill Tuesday to allow victims and families of the 9/11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia for its alleged involvement in the terrorist strikes.
The bill, which the White House opposes, House Speaker Paul Ryan expressed concerns about, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was slow to embrace, had stalled for months. It now heads to the House.
But in the end, the bill’s authors — John Cornyn of Texas, the second ranking Senate Republican, and Chuck Schumer of New York, the third-ranking Senate Democrat — were able to pass the bill on a voice vote, a rare feat in the divided chamber, especially for a controversial issue.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest renewed the threat that President Barack Obama will veto the bill.
“Yes, as I think I’ve mentioned before it’s given the concerns we’ve expressed it’s difficult to imagine the President signing this legislation and that continues to be true,” Earnest told reporters.
The White House and State Department say the bill could have dramatic ramifications for the United States and citizens living abroad to retaliatory lawsuits.
“This legislation would change long standing international law regarding sovereign immunity and the President of the United States and continues to harbor serious concerns that this legislation would make the United States vulnerable in other court systems around the world,” Earnest said.
Formally known as the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, the bill would prevent Saudi Arabia and other countries alleged to have terrorist ties from invoking their sovereign immunity in federal court.
Saudi Arabia has long denied any role in the 9/11 attacks, but victims’ families have repeatedly sought to bring the matter to court, only to be rebuffed after the country has invoked legal immunity allowed under current law. In March, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir warned lawmakers that it would sell $750 billion in U.S. assets, including treasury securities, should the bill become law. Schumer, Cornyn dismiss Saudi threats
The legislation has been a major focus of 9/11 families who pushed to win the right to sue.
“These families have lit a candle. Their mission is not just to bring justice to themselves but to send a loud message to foreign governments. If you help create terrorism on American soil, you’re going to be brought to justice,” Schumer said at a press conference.
Cornyn and Schumer each dismissed as “hallow” threats from Saudi Arabia that it would sell off assets it holds in the U.S. if the law was changed.
“They’re not going to suffer a huge financial loss just to make a point,” said Cornyn who also predicted the legislation would not be “disruptive of the relationship we have with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
Either way, Schumer said it was worth the risk.
“If the Saudis didn’t participate in this terrorism, they have nothing to fear about going to court. If they did, they should be held accountable,” the New York lawmaker who represents so many victims of 9/11.
Terry Strada, whose husband, Tom, died in the attacks, traveled from New Jersey to Washington with her daughter Caitlin as soon as they were told the vote was going to happen.
“We’ve waited long enough. We’ve waited 15 years. We shouldn’t have to wait any longer,” Strada told CNN. “It’s good policy to hold accountable any nation that aids in a terror attack on U.S. soil and that aids in the death of U.S. citizens.”
Strada says she and others are meeting Wednesday with Ryan.
“We feel that the bill is in very good position to move through the House,” she said. “We are very excited finally to get it to the House.”
NYT – Senate Passes Bill That Would Expose Saudi Arabia to Legal Jeopardy Over 9/11