Senate Dems Wavering as 9/11 Lawsuit Bill Veto Looms

Obama Has Until Friday to Veto the JASTA

The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), which would allow the family of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia over their role in the attack, is expected to be vetoed this week. President Obama has until Friday to decide on whether or not to do so, and the White House has repeatedly assured the Saudis that he would do so.

The initial plan to hold off until after the November election, in the hopes that a lame duck Senate would shrug off the fact that they unanimously supported the bill in favor of upholding the veto, but the Senate is pushing the issue. This has seen intense lobbying of Senators to switch sides.

Indications are that more than a few Senate Democrats are jumping ship on the JASTA, with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D – CA) saying she is rethinking her previous support for the bill, and Sen. Ben Cardin (D – MD) now saying he understands Obama’s “concerns.”

A handful of pro-Saudi Republicans are also expressing concern about the legislation now, with Saudi officials having threatened retaliation against the US, including collapsing the US treasuries market. They’ve also warned they believe the lawsuit would lead to more recruitment of extremists.

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  • lordbaldric

    Yet these pieces of **** had no problem letting people sue Iran over 9/11, even though anyone with a neuron firing knows they had zero to do with it in any capacity whatsoever!

    • jeff_davis

      And they won the suit, Zio-warfare attorneys for the prosecution, Zio-judge officiating, and the defense a no-show for the phony-ass Zio show trial.

      • GeorgyOrwell

        Zio this Zio that. Yea your an imbecile.

  • TellTheTruth-2

    One has to wonder how much pressure the Ziocon war mongers that control the House and Senate are putting on Obama? Maybe, just maybe, Obama googled “DOV ZAKHEIM 911” and knows the Saudis did NOT do 911?

  • GeorgyOrwell

    The biggest concern is not collapsing the treasury market. The real fear is that Saudi Arabia when backed into a corner will throw Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and the neocons who subcontracted their part of the job to them, under the bus and blow the whistle. Obviously the Saudi’s played a big role however they did not wire up all three buildings, but the buildings obviously were brought down by controlled demolition. Also who purchased all those put options? Why did the FBI thwart a dozen or more investigations into islamic radicals in the US? Why were the warnings by eleven different countries including Israel (twice they issued a warning…..they clearly were watching and the Taliban’s foreign minister completely ignored? Why couldn’t the Minneapolis FBI field office not get a FISA warrent from DC headquarters to search Moussoui’s laptop?

    Why did Prince “Bandar Bush” Bandar, close close, close friend of the Bush family send money directly and via his wife to the Saudi nationals who were supporting the ‘hijacker’ patsies? ……and why was that evidence redacted and hidden away from the American Sheeple, all the while they were talking about mushroom clouds and color coded threat levels, and we got to fight them over there so we don’t have to fight them over here….bullshit?

    9/11 is the biggest lie of your lifetime.

    • jeff_davis

      “…the buildings obviously were brought down by controlled demolition.”

      Obviously the brain-damage is permanent.

      • GeorgyOrwell

        No that is the conclusion of 2700 architects and engineers and the number is growing. So to believe otherwise Mr Davis you would have to be a moron and were picking your nose during high school physics class.

        So spare me your condescending flippant ignorance. It won’t work

      • GeorgyOrwell

        KEY EVIDENCE
        Rapid onset of destruction,
        Constant acceleration at or near free-fall through what should have been the path of greatest resistance,
        Numerous eyewitness accounts of explosions including 118 FDNY personnel,
        Lateral ejection of multi-ton steel framing members distances of 600 feet at more than 60 mph,
        Mid-air pulverization of 90,000 tons of concrete, and large volumes of expanding pyroclastic-like dust clouds,
        Isolated explosive ejections 20 to 60 stories below the “crush zone,”
        Total destruction and dismemberment of all three buildings, with 220 floors each an acre in size missing from the Twin Towers’ debris pile,
        Several tons of molten steel/iron found in the debris piles,
        Evidence of thermite incendiaries on steel beams,
        Nanothermite composites and iron microspheres found in WTC dust samples

  • outer_rl

    Excellent opportunity to boot those senators out democratically.

  • jeff_davis

    Putin did it.

  • jeff_davis

    “…Saudi officials having threatened retaliation against the US, including collapsing the US treasuries market.”

    I can’t be the only person who finds it intolerable to be threatened by the treacherous, degenerate, head-choppers who — now virtually proven — facilitated the 9/11 attacks. What does it take to cancel their oil-money validated get-out-of-jail-free card? Call me a war-monger, but they need a serious bjtch-slapping courtesy of the US Marines, and their society de-Wahabified.

    • GeorgyOrwell

      To much testosterone not enough brain cells

  • One word- Pussies.

  • wars r u.s.

    So are we going to let them out threaten us? I say we see their market collapsing with a nuclear oblivion raise.

  • masmanz

    Sad that the entire House and Senate voted in favor of the witch hunt. This bill is wrong, regardless of how adversely it would affect the US economy. Like it or not, the Saudi government has been one of our staunchest allies in the region since the 1950s. Furthermore, there isn’t a shard of evidence that the Saudi government was involved in 9/11, unless you also believe that Bush, Cheney and others were also involved.

  • john

    Before suing the Saudis the Senate and Congress should tell the US public the following:

    1. Why there has not been an explanation for the controlled demolitions on 911,
    2. Why there has not been an explanation for the trillions of dollars unaccounted for by the pentagon
    3. Why the steel from the controlled demolitions was not tested as for accelerants as required by law
    4. Why there is no video of the cruse missile hitting the pentagon
    etc etc etc