Title

Why Obama Must Veto the 9/11 Lawsuit Bill

Document Type

News Article

Publication Date

9-19-2016

Abstract

“I know, of course, that Google, Amazon, and Microsoft are all tools and agents of the United States government, don’t you?” asked former UN ambassador John Bolton. “So by removing sovereign immunity and allowing plaintiffs in foreign countries who would like to sue us because they don’t like the colour of our eyes puts America far more at risk from this kind of action than Saudi Arabia is.”

Not to mention, what of the exposure of his former boss, George W Bush, other American officials and even soldiers.

Politicised litigation is a double-edged sword. Indeed, we all know how quickly, with a few keystrokes, one person’s freedom fighter can be deemed another’s terrorist.

What’s all the fuss about? Last Friday, just days before the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the US House of Representatives unanimously passed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) to thunderous applause.

Publication Title

Middle East Eye