Last week The Duran reported that US President Barack Obama had vetoed the JASTA (Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act) that would have allowed the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia.
Obama’s reasoning centered around the argument that if the US allows its citizens to sue sovereign nations, then the reverse be applied towards America. Which could mean, in simplistic terms, that victims of US sponsored wars, drone strikes, and regime change revolutions could legally come after American citizens…like Barack Obama or his friends in Washington.
The always “leading from behind” US President vetoed the legislation, protecting himself and all the warmongers around him.
Much to Obama’s disappointment, votes by the Senate and House of Representatives overwhelmingly over turned his veto on JASTA.
The Saudi government, for its part, remained in the shadows while the voting from Congress unfolded.
Obama, unable successfully serve the Kingdom on this one (he still has Syria), has now prompted the Saudi’s to speak up, and drop a few unspecific threats towards the US government.
In a statement made yesterday, Riyadh said…
“The erosion of sovereign immunity will have a negative impact on all nations, including the United States.”
Influential Saudi citizens and government mouthpieces also sounded off on JASTA. Salman al-Dosary, editor-in-chief of the pan-Arab, Saudi-owned Al Sharq al-Awsat newspaper, tweeted…
“What would happen if Saudi Arabia froze its cooperation with the United States with regards to counter-terrorism as a response to JASTA?”
Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, a political scientist in the United Arab Emirates told Reuters…
“This bill reflects an anti-Saudi campaign. It is time to see less of America in our midst.”
Saudi Arabia left an off ramp for America saying that it hopes Congress will work “to avoid the serious unintended consequences that may ensue.”
Sputnik News Agency reports…
JASTA will allow for victims and the families of the 2001 attacks to sue the Saudi government. Riyadh has denied funding the terrorists who attacked the World Center and killed nearly 3,000 people, but 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi Arabian nationals.
Leading up to the JASTA vote, the Saudi government waged a massive lobbying effort, arguing that the bill would undermine sovereign immunity. Following the passing, they remained silent until the following day.
Many have worried that the passage of the bill will impact the US relationship with their close Middle Eastern ally.
On Thursday, after the veto was overridden, the Saudi riyal fell against the dollar.
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