JASTA Fight Heats Up as Congress Returns to D.C; Wall Street, Bush Crowd Worried
Sept. 6, 2016 (EIRNS)—The Wall Street Journal published an hysterical appeal to the House of Representatives today, that it block passage of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) which would allow lawsuits to be filed against Saudi Arabia for its role in carrying out the 9/11 attack on the United States.
Congress returns to session in Washington this week, and the heat is on in the wake of the victory in securing the release of the long-classified 28 pages on the Saudi role in that atrocity.
The authors—senior G.W. Bush administration officials John Bolton and Michael Mukasey, formerly UN Ambassador and Attorney General, respectively—are clearly worried. Congress must understand that
"the mere initiation of a lawsuit permits a party to conduct what lawyers call ‘discovery,’ which includes rummaging through the opposing party’s files and questioning its representatives in search of evidence."
Saudi Arabia would never allow discovery of "highly sensitive diplomatic communications and questioning [of] high-level officials"!
The Bush duo urge the House "to make certain that Jasta does not reach the President’s desk."
28pages.org reports today that 9/11 families are mobilizing citizens to put the heat on Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, to make sure the JASTA bill, already passed by the Senate, goes "to the floor for a vote this week, before the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks." Ryan and House Majority leader Nancy Pelosi have scheduled a 9/11 memorial event on the Capitol steps for this Friday. The families, survivors, and other citizens will be present: to either thank Ryan for scheduling the vote, or to publicly reprimand him, if he has failed to do so, it reports.
"It’s outrageous that they would say they’re honoring the victims when they have been blocking justice for them. It’s really hypocrisy for them to attend ceremonies and make speeches about 9/11 victims when after 15 years there’s been no justice or accountability,"
9/11 widow Kathy Owens told 28pages.org.