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US senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham aim to amend controversial 9/11 law

Thursday, December 1, 2016 16:17
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The families of Nine-Eleven victims are voicing opposition to a proposed change to a new law that allows them to sue the Saudi government over the 2001 attacks.

A group representing the families and survivors has accused Republican senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham of QUOTE torpedoing the law under pressure from Saudi lobbyists. The group’s national chair, in a statement said any change to the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act would be an absolute betrayal. McCain and Graham had proposed the amendment saying lawsuits can only be brought against countries that knowingly engaged in the financing or sponsorship of terrorism. The U-S Congress overwhelmingly passed the law overriding Barack Obama’s first veto of his presidency in September. The legislation allows the families of the 2001 attacks to seek compensation from Riyadh. Saudi Arabia was home to 15 of the 19 hijackers involved in the attacks.

Families of victims slam senators seeking to amend 9/11 law

       

The families of 9/11 victims are voicing opposition to a proposed change to a new law that allows them to sue the Saudi government over the 2001 attacks.

A group representing the families and survivors has accused Republican senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham of torpedoing the law under pressure from Saudi lobbyists. The group’s national chair, in a statement said any change to the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act would be an absolute betrayal. McCain and Graham had proposed the amendment saying lawsuits can only be brought against countries that knowingly engaged in the financing or sponsorship of terrorism. The US Congress overwhelmingly passed the law overriding Barack Obama’s first veto of his presidency in September. The legislation allows the families of the 2001 attacks to seek compensation from Riyadh. Saudi Arabia was home to 15 of the 19 hijackers involved in the attacks.

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