Now that Congress has passed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) into law permitting individuals, including the family members of 9-11 victims, to sue a sovereign state for the actions of its nationals in contravention of international law, the door is open for a comprehensive independent investigation into events surrounding that earth-shattering day. Lawmakers should have heeded the old adage “Let sleeping dogs lie.”
In other words, if US Courts have the jurisdiction to probe the government of Saudi Arabia’s connection, albeit non-existent, with the al-Qaeda hijackers, there is nothing preventing other states from enacting similar laws allowing judges to demand answers from the US to questions remaining unanswered by the 9/11 commissioners.
Lest we forgot, over 12 percent of 9/11 fatalities (372 in total) were foreign nationals who could lodge lawsuits against the US for criminal negligence or for a lack of transparency.
Congress should quit flaying around looking for a country to blame. The hijackers are dead. Osama bin Laden was assassinated. Lawmakers should be calling for a truly independent 9/11 enquiryKhalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor