Could the JASTA bill lead to suing of Vietnam War veterans?
The US legislation passed by the Congress on Wednesday would allow families of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia for damages
A former US Republican senator has described the current house of representatives and senate as the most “populist, xenophobic and fear-filled legislation” after their recent vote to allow the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act to stand.
“Congress must pass new legislation to reverse the override of Obama's veto regarding America suing Saudi Arabia. As a Vietnam combat veteran, I could almost certainly be sued by the Vietnamese government or by a Vietnamese citizen,” Larry Pressler said in comments published on The Hill.
He served in the Vietnam War in the United States army from 1966 to 1968 and then served nearly 21 years in both the US congress and Senate.
The US legislation passed by the Congress on Wednesday would allow families of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia for damages.
“The Gulf War, Iraq War and Afghanistan War veterans are more protected by constitutional congressional actions, but we Vietnam veterans will be raw targets if Americans can sue Saudi Arabia,” he said.