On Friday Hussein Obama issued the twelfth veto of his career.
President Obama on Friday vetoed legislation that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S courts, setting up a high-stakes showdown with Congress.
“I recognize that there is nothing that could ever erase the grief the 9/11 families have endured,” Obama wrote in his veto message. “Enacting JASTA into law, however would neither protect Americans from terrorist attacks nor improve the effectiveness of our response to such attacks.”
Obama’s move opens up the possibility that lawmakers could override his veto for the first time with a two-thirds vote in both chambers.
Republican and Democratic leaders have said they are committed to holding an override vote, and the bill’s drafters say they have the support to force the bill to become law.
The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) unanimously passed through both chambers by voice vote.
That means every member of Congress (both houses and both parties) voted for it. Members of the President’s party were just as enthusiastic about the law as Republicans. Why then did Obama shoot it down?
It has long been suspected that Saudi Arabia (and possibly other countries) gave support to the 9/11 terrorists. The Commission impaneled to investigate the attacks found some supporting evidence though their actions were constantly blocked by the Bush administration. A large chunk of their report was classified. When released this year the classified papers were still heavily redacted though they suggested Saudi involvement.
The danger of a lawsuit for the Saudis and maybe the administration (Obama, Bush, and perhaps even Clinton) is that the discovery process might reveal the details of the previous obstruction and redactions. There would be no way to compel the Saudis to comply. However, legally, certain questions and requests, if unanswered, could be deemed answered nonetheless in favor of the plaintiffs.
Did your government give material support to Muhammad Atta?
The court deems material support was given to Atta by the Defendants.
Did Saudi Arabia act in concert with Washington to facilitate the attacks?
See how that works?
Such revelations might lead to the truth. And that is something the owners and special interests do not want.
It would be amazing that, after almost never vetoing any legislation, Obama choose this one. It would be except we’re talking about the most corrupt administration since the last one.
Vetoes historically are difficult to override. There is a small single-digit percentage rate of success against them. The fact that the Congressional votes were unanimous and the scalding nature of this issue may help. We may know as soon as this week.