Siding With Saudi Arabia, Obama Vetoes Sept 11 Bill Passed Unanimously In Congress

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It has been a day of Friday afternoon surprises: just one hour after Ted Cruz pretended to endorse Donald Trump when he really meant don't vote for Hillary, president Obama denied what all American citizens demanded - and got - after both chambers unanimously passed the Sept 11 law several weeks ago, when he decided to veto the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act bill.

As The Hill reports, Obama on Friday vetoed legislation that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S courts, setting up a high-stakes showdown with Congress.  Obama’s move opens up the possibility that lawmakers could override his veto for the first time with a two-thirds vote in both chambers. Worse, it now appears - with reason  - that Obama has now sided not with the US population but with a small minority of Saudi emirs.

Republican and Democratic leaders have said they are committed to holding an override vote, and the bill’s drafters say they have the support to force the bill to become law.

The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) unanimously passed through both chambers by voice vote. 

But the timing of the president’s veto is designed to erode congressional support for the bill and put off a politically damaging override vote until after the November elections.  Obama waited until the very end of the 10-day period he had to issue a veto, hoping to buy time to lobby members of Congress against the measure. 

More details:

White House officials also hope congressional leaders will leave Washington to hit the campaign trail before trying for an override, kicking a vote to the lame-duck session after the election.


But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said the upper chamber will remain in session until the veto override vote is done. Under current law, 9/11 victims' families may sue a country designated as a state sponsor of terrorism, such as Iran. JASTA would allow U.S. citizens to sue countries without that designation, including Saudi Arabia.

The measure has touched a political nerve ahead of an election in which terrorism has emerged as a central issue. It has strong bipartisan support and is backed by 9/11 families’ organizations. 

Those families have sought damages from Saudi Arabia, since 15 of the 19 hijackers on Sept. 11, 2001 hailed from that country.  Critics have long been accused the Saudi government of directly or indirectly supporting the attacks, though a concrete link has never been proven.  

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Obama has strongly opposed the legislation, arguing it would undermine sovereign immunity and open up U.S. diplomats and military service members to legal action overseas if foreign countries pass reciprocal laws.

But most of all, the administration is also wary of angering Saudi Arabia - one of the most generous donors to the Clinton Foundation and an alleged sponsor of Hillary's presidential campaign - which is forcefully lobbying against the measure.

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Theta_Burn's picture

What an American..

froze25's picture

Please Lord, give Congress the balls to for one stinking time override this Traitor. Trump 2016

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

This was smart diplomacy. Saudi Arabia is one of our greatest allies in the war on terror, and a key trading partner. It is of paramount importance that we maintain and foster this relationship, despite the disagreements we may have. Damaging such an important relationship over 9/11 conspiracy theories would be a truly catastrophic move. Obama has demonstrated great leadership in the face of adversity, once again. I will truly miss his professionalism and courage after his term ends. 


BabaLooey's picture


Now we KNOW you are on some type of psycho-tropic drugs


svayambhu108's picture

Because he knows who really did 9/11. And because illary called.

Million Dollar Bonehead's picture

The House of Saud are useful idiots to the Ruling Class. They supply us with oil and Dear Leader Hillary allows them to build Madrasas and other terror indoctrination facilities on US soil. This is a win-win because oil and a frightened, docile servant class are the engines of Progress. Long Live Dear Leader Hillary and may Molech the Wise be pleased to grant her victory on Nov 8th.

jcaz's picture

30 secs after this pic  was taken,  Barry had his tongue up the dudes ass- where's that pic?

Paul Kersey's picture

Obama will be getting a huge payday from the Saudi Royal Family, once he leaves office. If only Congress had the balls to override his veto.

cheech_wizard's picture

But does he live long enough to spend it?


Occident Mortal's picture

This is why the Saudi's donate to Hilary.

To buy their executive veto.

The_Juggernaut's picture

Just in case anyone wasn't clear on his allegiances after he kissed the king's ring.

Chief_Illiniwek's picture

Clearly:   Being a Sunni is more important than being an American to "zero".


oops's picture

At least in this instance Obama had the backbone to stand up to the Israeli-occupied congress.

Save_America1st's picture

doesn't it seem odd to anyone else that a bill so massivelly important that had to do with such an incredible attack against America that the bill was "unanimously passed by both chambers by voice vote." ???

I mean what the fuck is that all about??? 

FGH's picture

 This was done for two reasons: to embarass Obama and Clinton late in an election cycle and to score points with certain voter blocks.

They knew it would be vetoed. Congress doesn't want to upset the House of Saud either so don't look for them to override the veto.  

Future Jim's picture

Don't blame Obama.

No One Beats Al Qaeda

The US has tried for years to beat Al Qaeda, but now, after Americans have given up much freedom to central government and borrowed trillions of dollars from central banks, there is more terrorism than ever before. Nevertheless, don’t blame the FBI or the CIA, or Bush or Obama. There is no shame in being beaten by the best.

Al Qaeda must be at least a generation ahead of the US – both strategically and technologically.

In fact, the only weakness of Al Qaeda is that they keep leaving their passports at the crime scene, but consider that their passports are indestructable. America simply doesn’t have the technology yet to make indestructable passports, so clearly, those Al Qaeda scientists in those caves in Afghanistan are at least a generation ahead of the US. Al Qaeda passports are so tough that they were found on the street after the towers collapsed – unscathed. Maybe this doesn’t sound as scary as it should … until one considers that none of the four black boxes were recovered from the towers.  So, America’s most indestructable technology (black boxes) were vaporized under conditions where Al Qaeda passports survived – unscathed. It’s not as if American black boxes are crap either (they have never been completely destroyed before); it’s that Al Qaeda technology is just that good.

What other possible explanation could there be? It’s almost as if …

See what I mean about strategic brilliance? Al Qaeda almost tricked me into considering whether 9/11 could be an inside job, and whether those Al Qaeda scientists in those Afghan caves are not really a generation ahead of the US, but an inside job is clearly impossibe because the CIA is not allowed to operate inside the US.

The evidence for Al Qaeda superiority is overwhelming. Consider that Al Qaeda knocked down three towers with only two planes! No one else could have done that. Two planes hit two towers, and then a third tower (WTC7) collapsed a few hours later. The NIST explained a few years later that it was an ordinary office fire that resulted in what everyone says looks exactly like a controlled demolition, but how is it that only Al Qaeda knew that WTC 7 was the only building in the world that would collapse exactly like a controlled demolition as a result of an ordinary office fire? What’s more, they somehow tricked the owner, Larry Silverstein, and John Kerry too, into claiming years earlier that we brought WTC 7 down as a controlled demolition because it was badly damaged, but how did they trick America’s best into confessing to a conspiracy that never happened? Clearly, they even have some kind of mind control.

I could go on for pages and pages, but there is one hope – Israel. Israel may lag behind Al Qaeda scientists in those Afghan caves, but their strategic brilliance may be as advaned as that of Al Qaeda, so America’s best bet is to give Israel all of our technology, and to borrow trillions more dollars and give them to Israel.

Unfortunately, Al Qaeda has already thought of this, and may have successfully neutralized Israel when it tricked several Mossad agents into setting up cameras ahead of time on 9/11 and dancing with joy when the towers collapsed. Even if Al Qaeda’s preemptive move has made it politically impossible to give everything to Israel, at least Israel is our strongest ally in the region and is thus far more important than before 9/11 …

markovchainey's picture

That was awesome Future Jim...simply awesome!

AldousHuxley's picture

alliances are never permanent.

what's strategically important is to divide the middle east so they fight each other while US gets away with oil. When Israel and Saudis get too powerful, US must interject and help out Iran in order to continue the chaos and defense spending = money for US defense contractors. Remember when war ends, military career development ends both for losers and winners.

DullKnife's picture

what's strategically important is to divide the middle east so they fight each other while US gets away with oil. When Israel and Saudis get too powerful, US must interject and help out Iran in order to continue the chaos and defense spending = money for US defense contractors. Remember when war ends, military career development ends both for losers and winners.


Sir, you make the mistake of thinking the White House is cunning and subtle, when they are actually stupid and insane.

risk.averse's picture

yes, FutureJim -- simply awesome response to Obama's treachery in torpedoeing the 911 families case against Saudi Arabia. Excellent. Hope Congress resists the Saudi-funded lobbyists and rejects the Obummer veto

[excellent but with one exception: you're barking up the wrong alley in trying to find conspiracy in the collapse of WTC7. The WTC7 conspiracy theorists are damaging the case the rest of us have in seeking the punishment of those who really inspired those inhuman bastards to fly planes into civilian areas and kill thousands of innocent people just trying to put in a day's work. WTC7 collapsed from 6 or 7 hours of uncontrolled fires initiated by the bldg's proximity to the twin towers. Go ahead and join such engineering geniuses as Rosie O'Donnell on "The View" who (gosh!!) couldn't believe steel could be melted by fire!! ]

AldousHuxley's picture

Who exactly are the 9-11 families? The spoiled gold digger wives of globalist bankster joos and bratty children just looking to cash in on daddy's life insurance want more than millions already given to them? Congress are bunch of joo lawyers trying to get their cut of abusing the justice system. Like all law suites lawyers will get outrageously rich while plantiffs will get peanuts. They are no less greedy than Saudi royals.


Also, Obama knows that US government will get sued more than Saudis getting sued if this passes. All victims of drone killings from Iran, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and any other god foresaken place will make lawyers rich again.

DuneCreature's picture

The gay douche bag is on crack.

Mr. McDaddy could care less about 911 victim families or futures

He has bought a Hideout Villa in Dubai and doesn't want to piss off his future hosts or the regional strong men.

Barry may return as King of The United Nations but if that doesn't work out for him he wants the Saudis smiling. .. He may need their protection and sanctuary from the gallows here.

Live Hard, Override The Veto And Sweat The Saudis For MORE Co-conspirator Names, Die Free

~ DC v2.0


847328_3527's picture

Just another sign of how much Barrack Obama hates Americans.

debtor of last resort's picture

Good thing the Clinton foundation turned in it's Aramco preferred shares into fed futures.

you maniacs's picture

Your deadpan is almost too good.

Consuelo's picture



9.5, 9.5, 9.5, 9.0, 9.5


Now that's a /s performance called 'Knocking 'em down & racking 'em up'...

Got The Wrong No's picture

Every web site I view has Paid Left Wing Trolls. They are obvious as hell. ZH is distained by these pukes. I have been reading ZH for years but have just recently signed up to post. I have been very surprized that up until now this site has been clean of these Paid Stooges. We have been infiltrated. Let the comedy ensue. 

aloha-snackbar's picture

Hey Cunt for certain you are a zerohedge stooge. 911 who WTF Bush and his maniacs, which is why the 3 faced Obama gives them a pass because the good old USA can murder its own people and Bush, Im sure cannot even read, gets a library named after him.

Diet Coke and Floozies's picture

Boom. How many countries will sue the US if they veto the prez? Ha ha

wildbad's picture



This is just who obama is.   Plain old vanilla traitor

Kohiba's picture

Are you really though? You already knew he was a traitor. Shouldn't have expected anything less. Fuck that piece of shit traitor scumbag.

mpnut's picture

This is why you can't vote for Killary..

flaunt's picture

He probably knows Huma and Hillary either directly or indirectly had a role in 9/11, and that would quickly come out in court.  Can't have the truth be known, in the most opaque regime in US history...

You Only Live Twice's picture

Obama is pressured by Wall Street. Saudi Arabia holds the fate of the American Dollar in hand through the Petrodollar System, and the Bankers will never allow the public to get in the way of this system's existence as it is the only thing keeping the dollar afloat. If Saudi Arabia were to decide to ditch the Petrodollar System and convince the rest of OPEC to do the same - could easily happen as a reprisal with this bill - then the US dollar and supremacy is finished. And, the resulting hyperinflation would destroy the lives of most citizens of the USA.

Blankman's picture

Wrong.  Try Saudi Arabia tries to ditch the dollar and the MIC turns SA into molton glass...  


To your hypothesis - so what?  We have been delaying another big reset for too long now. Every asset is way too over priced anyways.  The world needs a big correction. It will hurt but it is needed.

DullKnife's picture

Well, Obama had to choose between loyalty to Islam or loyalty to America.

I doubt he spent much time choosing.

As for MDB, he is like the same joke endlessly repeated.

Sort of funny the first time, but now stale beyond words.

A dull and boring Court jestor.

So bored with his b.s.


Mustafa Kemal's picture

Seems to be handing out Immunity alot these days.

HRH of Aquitaine's picture
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Money Boo Boo's picture

Y'all realize this Law will come full cirlce and bite your own CIA, NSA, DoD criminals squarely on their asses when other countries reciprocate!!!


The jokes on y'all becasue guess who's gonna pay those fucking bills? Joe fucking taxpayer = You dumb mother fuckers.

mofreedom's picture

F you, I'm not paying that!

Money Boo Boo's picture

Exactly what the Saudi's will say so go fuck yourself too shit for brains.

mofreedom's picture

Money isn't everything, Mr. Boeing Airplane Maker, Jr. (re IRAN), we'll just stop buying your sand.  Oh, depeg from the dollar, sell US assets, like I said.  We're kickin you all out of this country then.  We don't want to visit your country.  Trump will make us self-reliant.  I really don't like people who wear diapers on their heads.  No, I do not want to have relations with any youngins.  Money isn't everything.

And yes, my brains are crap today but I hope you get the idea.


Money Boo Boo's picture

1.4 million dead Iraqi's can stake a claim to US war crimes over bullshit lies and a bullshit war.  1000's of dead Pakistani women and children killed by chicken shit US drones have legitmate claims to compensation.  Are y'all that fucking stoopid! Wait, dont answer that! This just in......yes u r.

Money Boo Boo's picture

The biggest Terror Organization in the history of mankind is the Pentagon.  Just ask fucking Kissinger, he knows he helped build it. Clearly they can be sued by most of S. Amercia, Middle East, Indo China and on and on.

DullKnife's picture

Wrong, the Pentagon is not the terrorist.

The Pentagon's masters are the terrorists.

Try the White House.

The Pentagon is just the hired help.


Money Boo Boo's picture

You are a fool and/or a tool