The battle is on over the crucial JASTA law, between President Obama and the survivors, families, and first responders of the 9/11 attacks. It will be decided, with the American people needing to be involved en masse, Tuesday and Wednesday before the Senate debates and votes on overriding Obama’s veto of the JASTA bill.
Those survivors and families have never received justice, in the courts or otherwise, against the actual sponsors of the 9/11 attacks, now shown to include Saudi Arabia in particular. For 15 years they have watched Bush and Obama pursue wars in countries with no connection to 9/11, spreading terrorism throughout the Mideast and North Africa and South Asia. Britain and Saudi Arabia have been Bush’s and Obama’s partners in those wars, while terrorist recruiting went on unchecked in London and was funded worldwide by the Saudis. Justice requires the 9/11 families and first responders being able to sue those sponsors. So this battle is over the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act — JASTA. Congress passed it overwhelmingly, and Obama vetoed it, he said, to protect the “sovereign immunity” of Saudi Arabia.
And the London Telegraph added its editorial today. “Barack Obama was right to veto the 9/11 Act and protect US allies like Britain”!
Every Member of Congress must feel Americans’ pressure to defeat that veto, today and tomorrow when they will start voting to override it. This is an unparalleled opportunity to defeat and check the Obama war policy, for the future.
But if it is not defeated — if Obama succeeds in protecting his war partners and instead defeats Congress’ vote for justice against them — then his and Hillary Clinton’s way is open to provoke a war confrontation with Russia, unsurvivable thermonuclear war.
There was no Obama concern for “sovereign immunity” when it was stripped from Argentina in the U.S. courts so that vulture funds could loot billions from it. There was no Obama support for legislation to protect the sovereign immunity of African debtor countries against vulture funds that bought up their sovereign debt and demanded immediate payment in full.
Obama just wants sovereign immunity for Saudi Arabia, while it pursues an invasion, war crimes and near genocide in Yemen supported by Obama’s arms sales, and when it has been clearly shown involved at high levels in the 9/11 attacks.
The veto was treason. If it stands, and he protects his war partners from Congress and the American people, Obama has a free pass to escalate to all-out confrontation with Russia. Merely look at CBS-TV’s “60 Minutes” choosing Sunday night to put on a presentation claiming nuclear war is “closer than you believe” and that this is Russia’s policy! Merely look at the German Focus magazine’s interview with a senior al-Nusra (as-Qaeda) figure in Syria, who boldly states “America stands on our side.”
But the fight to override the veto of JASTA is a moment of great opportunity to end this perpetual war and terrorism. No American who can reach his or her Congressional office, should let the moment of opportunity — and justice — pass.