US House passes JASTA

The US House of Representative passed “Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act” or JASTA on Friday by voice vote. The legislation would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue the Saudi government for any kind of damage.

The White House has threated to veto the measure. According to them, the bill has the potential to strain relations with the Middle East. They have also added that it may provoke the foreign countries to make retaliatory laws that would allow their citizens to sue Americans for involvement in acts of terrorism.

The Bill had been cleared by the Senate four months ago.

A series of attacks carried out on September 11, 2001 killed more than 3,000 people in Washington D.C, New York and Pennsylvania. Four hijacked airliners were used in it out of which two attacked the World Trade Centre. Fifteen of the nineteen involved hijackers were Saudi nationals.

Saudi Arabia has not made any comments on it yet.

Two months ago the Congress released 28 declassified pages from a Congressional report which shows Saudi links including some governmental officials in the attack. The reaction from the House came after the release.