For years, families of the victims of the 9/11 attacks have been fighting for permission to sue the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for possibly playing a role in supporting the hijackers. On Friday, September 9, 2016 a bill allowing them to do so passed in Congress. The Obama administration has said that it intends to veto the bill because it could have serious consequences for the U.S., mainly that it would open the floodgates for other countries or individuals to sue the U.S. Justice must be served to anyone who may have been involved, and there will be consequences to whatever decision is made. This legislation could open a Pandora’s Box of legal issues for the United States. A few years ago, the U.S. conducted an airstrike on a caravan of cars thought to be sinister. It turned out to be a wedding caravan. These family members would now be able to sue the U.S. for the deaths of their loved ones. Refugees might be able to sue the US for not taking them in. Even after receiving a substantial aid package recently, Laos could still sue over the many American-made bombs dropped on their land throughout the Vietnam War. We will have to wait and see just what type of precedent this sets.

 

Read more at http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/09/09/us/politics/ap-us-congress-saudi-arabia.html?em_pos=large&emc=edit_nn_20160909&nl=morning-briefing&nlid=76552714&_r=0

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