|Videoed at Left Forum at John Jay College for Criminal Justice, New York, NY 10019, June 3, 2017
Moderator: Sander Hicks, with speakers Les Jamieson, Barbara Honegger, J. Michael Springmann, and Jane Clark.
The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) was passed by the United States Congress. JASTA authorizes federal courts to exercise personal jurisdiction over any foreign state's support for acts of international terrorism against a U.S. national or property.
The bill passed the Senate with no opposition in May 2016 and, in September 2016, was unanimously passed by the House of Representatives. On September 28, 2016, both houses of Congress passed the bill into law after overriding a veto from President Obama which had occurred five days earlier. This was the first and only presidential veto override of Obama's administration.
The practical effect of the legislation was to allow the continuation of a longstanding civil lawsuit brought by families of victims of the September 11 attacks against Saudi Arabia for its government's alleged role in the attacks.
The alleged Saudi role in September 11 attacks gained new attention after two former U.S. senators, co-chairmen of the Congressional Inquiry into the attacks, told CBS in April 2016 that the redacted pages of the Congressional Inquiry’s report refer to evidence of Saudi Arabia’s substantial involvement in the execution of the attacks, and calls renewed to have the redacted pages released.
These were referred to as the “28 pages” and have now been made public
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Tags: Sander Hicks, Les Jamieson, Barbara Honegger, J. Michael Springmann, Jane Clark, JASTA, 28 pages
Produced: 2017, Episode: LF LJ+BH+JMS+JC-RDR HD, Category: Education, 58:00