Report: Senators Voted Unanimously To Lift The Bar on Suing Saudi Arabia . . . But Then Added Poison Pill Provision Allowing The Administration To Bar Such Lawsuits

220px-Charles_Schumer_official_portrait125px-Coat_of_arms_of_Saudi_Arabia.svgRemember that “historic” vote to lift the statutory ban on 9/11 families suing Saudi Arabia? Senators lined up to vote unanimously with the 9/11 families and to reject the threats of Saudi Arabia to wreck economic havoc on the United States. However, it was revealed this week that Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. added a small amendment to the bill that gave the Administration the right to bar such lawsuits. Since the Administration opposes the changing of the law, its position is quite clear. Now many are objecting that the Senate vote was knowingly misleading given the Schumer amendment.


The families believed that they were finally able to sue with the lifting of the restrictions under the JASTA. However, the new section gives the Justice and State departments the power to stay court action indefinitely. The Justice Department merely has to inform the judge that there are diplomatic discussions regarding the issue.

All they have to do is inform the judge hearing the case that the US government has engaged with ­Riyadh in diplomatic talks to resolve the issue. The “Stay of Actions Pending State Negotiations” was slipped into the bill at the last minute without any discussion. It requires only a certification that the United States is “engaged in good-faith discussions with the foreign-state defendant concerning the resolution of claims against the foreign state.”

With the change, Senators could vote for the law and stand up to the Saudis while quietly giving the Administration an easy way to again block the families.

54 thoughts on “Report: Senators Voted Unanimously To Lift The Bar on Suing Saudi Arabia . . . But Then Added Poison Pill Provision Allowing The Administration To Bar Such Lawsuits”

  1. LOUIS FARRAKHAN:
    ‘ISRAELIS AND ZIONIST JEWS’ PLAYED KEY ROLES IN 9/11 ATTACKS
    Israelis had foreknowledge of attacks evidenced in their giving advanced warnings to some who worked in the WTC buildings

  2. KC,
    “Left unanswered is why the Administration and Congress deem the citizenry unworthy of an honest and direct response about Saudi involvement in 9/11 and their decision to hide those facts.”

    Agreed. So many questions that need answering.

  3. KC,
    I looked at Po’s link. There is nothing anti-semitic there. The article is about corporations and insider trading. The words Israel, Zionist, or Jew do NOT appear in the article.

    It appears it was a case of bad luck that po posted in close proximity to Patriot.

  4. We the people do not need to continue banging the “why doesn’t the MSM report this” drum. We outnumber them and we have the means to communicate worldwide through social media…for now. Stories like this need to be shared through our networks and then asked to be shared, and so on.

  5. KCFleming take your foolishness elsewhere

    Israel did 9/11
    Former Director of Studies, Professor at U.S. Army War College Dr. Alan Sabrosky;
    “Israel did 9/11. It is 100% certain that 9/11 was a Mossad operation period.”
    The 9/11 Commission Report is a 571-Page Zionist Lie
    The U.S. military knows Israel did 9/11
    https://youtu.be/H0v7_O53J0k

  6. Denouncing Israel’s War Crimes is not anti-Semitism
    According to U.S. and International Law all the U.S. / Israeli invasions are Wars of Aggression, War Crimes
    Anyone who supports the Republicans, Democrats & Israel are accomplices to murder
    The U.S. Government & Israel are Nazis

  7. Comments quickly devolve into anti-Semitic conspiracy Elders of Zion claptrap from Po and “Patriot.”

    Left unanswered is why the Administration and Congress deem the citizenry unworthy of an honest and direct response about Saudi involvement in 9/11 and their decision to hide those facts.

    This is part of why Trump is a candidate.
    The US government has become illegitimate.

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