Sep. 23, 2016

Open Response to President Obama

President Obama on Friday vetoed legislation that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia over its alleged ties to the terrorists who carried out the attacks.

“I recognize that there is nothing that could ever erase the grief the 9/11 families have endured. My Administration, therefore, remains resolute in its commitment to assist these families in their pursuit of justice and do whatever we can to prevent another attack in the United States,” the president wrote in his veto message to Congress. “Enacting [this legislation] into law, however, would neither protect Americans from terrorist attacks nor improve the effectiveness of our response to such attacks.” (BO/9/23/16)

Congressional leaders plan to hold override votes in the coming days and supporters of the legislation say they are confident they can succeed in overturning the president’s action. It would be the first time during Obama’s presidency that Congress has overridden a veto.

But a group of families of 9/11 victims who have been advocating for the bill said in a statement Friday that they were “outraged and dismayed at the president’s veto,” rejecting “the unconvincing and unsupportable reasons that he offers as explanation.”

If the Saudi's are complicit in attacks on 9/11/2001 then they should be exposed for any involvement. Let the chips fall where they fall Mr. President. The Bush Administration made so many errors of omission and commission related to military engagement following the attacks. That books should be opened and secrets exposed. We know now that Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction nor was his country aligned with the attack on 9/11/2001. Yet lives were lost on false accusations and Mission Accomplished developed into a Never-Ending Mission of Futility. (jst9/23/2016)