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JASTA Campaign Remains on the Offensive

Sept. 29, 2016 (EIRNS)—After the humiliating defeat delivered to President Obama yesterday, many of the principal activists in the campaign to make the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) into the law of the land remained on the offensive, escalating the organizing for Saudi Arabia’s full role in 9/11 terrorism to be unmasked, and punished.

Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) told The Hill yesterday right after the vote, that he was "so excited" about the outcome because he, along with Reps. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) and Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) and others, had worked for four years to declassify the 28 pages. And those pages clearly indicate that Saudi Prince Bandar and his wife funneled money to some of the hijackers, Jones stated. Now, with the JASTA bill law, the families, who have been in pain for so long, will be able to sue in U.S. courts to discover the full truth—"and they should sue," Jones said.

At the point yesterday when the two-thirds majority needed to override Obama’s veto was achieved in the House voting, Rep. Jones, who was on the floor of the House, turned to where many members of the families of 9/11 victims were seated in the gallery, and applauded them. A number of other Congressmen then joined Jones in a moving tribute to everything the families had done to achieve victory.

Sen. Bob Graham was interviewed by National Public Radio today, and he also said that what we know so far about the Saudi role in 9/11 is just the tip of the iceberg. There are troves of information about Saudi activity in New Jersey, Virginia and Florida which has been suppressed by the Obama and Bush Administrations, Graham charged, which now must be brought to light. He characterized Obama’s argument invoking "sovereign immunity" against JASTA, as "disingenuous," and said that what Obama had actually done was to give the Saudis "impunity."

Terry Strada, national leader of the families of the victims of 9/11, was also interviewed briefly on the Diane Rehm show, where she blasted Obama’s arguments for vetoing the JASTA bill.

The international media generally admit that Obama suffered a devastating defeat at the hands of the American people, and their representatives in Washington. "Obama suffered a unique political blow," wrote the Guardian. "Obama humiliated," said Zero Hedge. "Congress Thwarts Obama," wrote the Washington Post.

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