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Congress Sides with Victims of Terror, Obama Disappointed

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by Harry G. Hutchison, American Center for Law and Justice

The Obama Administration continues its disappointing and spineless response to terror attacks on American citizens.

After Congress unanimously passed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) allowing victims of the 9/11 attack to sue Saudi Arabia, President Obama, this past week, vetoed this bill, which would permit victims to pursue judicially approved compensation within the parameters of the rule of law. Properly understood, President Obama’s action constitutes the irresponsible capitulation to political expediency rather than the principled pursuit of justice for the victims of terror.

Instead of combating terrorism with every tool available including JASTA, the Obama Administration evidently believes that countries such as Saudi Arabia are members of a coalition of the willing in our nation’s fight against international terror.

In reality, as news reports confirm, Saudi ambivalence leads to the conclusion that Saudi Arabia operates as both an arsonist and a firefighter in the globe’s ongoing war on terror. Although Saudi government officials often offer sympathetic opposition to terror — particularly when it directly impacts their nation — clear and unmistakable evidence shows that Saudi Arabia as a theocratic monarchy is part of the problem in the first place. For instance, the Saudi government has supported the Taliban movement for a number of years, channeled funds to Hamas and other groups that committed terrorist acts in Israel and funded dubious schools and charities throughout the Islamic world that have been hotbeds of anti-Western and anti-American indoctrination. This is even discussed in ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow’s newest book, Unholy Alliance.

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