Congress Has Immediate Second Thoughts Over JASTA (VIDEO)
The JASTA bill, known as the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) may have negative consequences which put U.S. service members overseas, at risk legally.
The JASTA bill allows victims to sue foreign government bodies or individuals of terrorism for attacks on U.S. soil.
Congress over rode the president’s veto with an overwhelming majority.
However, just 24 hours later two top Republican leaders admitted the bill suddenly needed changes.
The White House came back with a quick and frustrated we-told-you-so.
Although, the JASTA bill could open up trouble from other countries who could use it to launch legal suits against the U.S.
The bill is aimed at Saudi Arabia’s ruling family as they are long suspected of being linked to 9/11. Fifteen of the nineteen hijackers on 9/11 were Saudi Arabian citizens.
At an exclusive CNN town hall meeting with Jake Tapper, Obama called the override a “dangerous precedent.”
Apparently many of the officials who voted on the JASTA bill didn’t know exactly what was in it. Really?
This, in spite of the fact the president and top security officials added letters highlighting Obama’s objections to the bill.
Conversations with members of Congress have been ongoing since April. These people are paid public servants.
Their paychecks come directly from our taxes. Why are they not reading the policies they are voting on?
And how can Republicans turn this around and say it’s Obama’s fault? He warned them all.
Unfortunately, there are just a few months left in Obama’s term. It’s nearly too late to make substantial changes to JASTA now.
The White House is open to hearing fixes to the bill, but knows there isn’t much time left.