President Barrack Obama vetoed a bill that would allow the family members of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for bearing some responsibility for the World Trade Center and Pentagon terrorist attacks. However, Congress overrode Obama’s veto, allowing these family members to legally file the lawsuits now. The first lawsuit comes from Stephanie DeSimone just two days after Congress made it legally possible for her to file it. Her husband was Navy Commander Patrick Dunn and he was killed on September 11th, 2001 at the Pentagon while it was attacked.
The lawsuit was filed in Washington D.C. on Friday. In the suit, DeSimone stated that she believes Saudi Arabia aided the al Qaeda terrorists and knew about the attack plans beforehand. She claimed the terrorists would not have been able to carry out the attacks if the Saudi Arabian government didn’t provide material and financial support to them.
The veto override marked the first time Congress overrode one of President Obama’s vetoes since he took office. President Obama talked about the veto override during a CNN Town Hall interview with Jake Tapper. Obama claimed the bill would hurt the good relationship that the United States has with Saudi Arabia. He also said it could encourage other foreign countries to file lawsuits against the American government over the actions of the U.S. military.
The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act is the bill that Congress passed. The Saudi Foreign Ministry commented on the legislation by saying it will hurt the sovereign immunity between nations and have a negative impact on them all.
More lawsuits are likely to follow by other widows and family members of 9/11 victims. There is no telling how they will all turn out. The elections in November could be the only thing that stops this legislation if the right people are elected to Congress and the White House.