The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation by voice vote on Friday that would allow the families of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to sue Saudi Arabia’s government for damages, despite the White House’s threat to veto the measure.
The U.S. Senate passed the “Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act,” or JASTA, unanimously in May. Opponents of the bill said it could strain relations with Saudi Arabia and lead to retaliatory laws targeting U.S. citizens or corporations in other countries.
The vote’s timing was symbolic, passing two days before the 15th anniversary of the hijacked-plane attacks on New York and Washington. Its passage was greeted with cheers and applause in the House chamber.
The White House on Friday reiterated that President Barack Obama would veto the bill.
If Obama carries out his veto threat and the required two-thirds of both the Republican-majority House and Senate still support the bill, it would be the first time since Obama’s presidency began in 2009 that Congress had overridden a veto.
The House passed the measure by voice, without recorded individual votes, which is not technically considered unanimous. That could make it easier for Obama’s fellow Democrats to uphold his veto later without officially changing their positions.
4 thoughts on “House votes to allow Sept. 11 families to sue Saudi Arabia”
” Greeted with cheers and applause from the House chamber”
All the JEWS who put Israel first were the ones cheering. Their Con-job is working.
The Saudis are in bed with Israhell.
They’re crypto jews.
Obama will veto the bill. His sand-nigger buddies pay for their role in 911? Not gonna happen. You may as well include GWB and, without a doubt, Darth Cheney. BTW, where did that 2.1 trillion go?
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A few days after the attacks, Urban Moving System’s Israeli owner, Dominick Suter, dropped his business and fled the country for Israel. He was in such a hurry to flee America that some of Urban Moving System’s customers were left with their furniture stranded in storage facilities.
Suter’s departure was abrupt, leaving behind coffee cups, sandwiches, cell phones and computers strewn on office tables and thousands of dollars of goods in storage. Suter was later placed on the same FBI suspect list as 9/11 lead hijacker Mohammed Atta and other hijackers and suspected al-Qaeda sympathizers, suggesting that U.S. authorities felt Suter may have known something about the attacks.
The Jewish weekly The Forward reported that the FBI finally concluded that at least two of the detained Israelis were agents working for the Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency, and that Urban Moving Systems, the ostensible employer of the five Israelis, was a front operation. This was confirmed by two former CIA officers, and they noted that movers’ vans are a common intelligence cover. The Israelis were held in custody for 71 days before being quietly released. [whatreallyhappened(dot)com]