9/11 legislation sets 'dangerous precedent': Obama

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US President Barack Obama says Congress has set a “dangerous precedent” by overriding his veto of legislation allowing relatives of the victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks to sue Saudi Arabia.

“Well, I think it was a mistake,” Obama said during a town hall meeting-style interview on CNN on Wednesday night, after the House of Representatives joined the Senate in overriding Obama’s veto of the 9/11 victims’ bill.  

“If we eliminate this notion of sovereign immunity, then our men and women in uniform around the world could potentially start seeing ourselves subject to reciprocal loss,” he said.

Obama said the measure sets a “dangerous precedent” in international law that could have repercussions for the United States.

“It’s an example of why sometimes you have to do what’s hard,” he added. “And, frankly, I wish Congress here had done what’s hard.”

But Obama went on to say that “I understand why it happened. Obviously, all of us still…

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  • He is right on this one thing.

    “The Saudis did it” is a red herring.

    America’s cheesy legislators just want victim families off their backs.

    And America’s perpetual-victim crowd can now waste time in the courts.

    Of course, America’s weird courts may just make unwarranted awards, as they often do.

    Then what?

    It just doesn’t get any stupider than this.

  • NobodysaysBOO

    HANG the DANCING JEWS that DID 911 on TV next to Bush/Chainey/obummer.

    OBUMMER is SCARED the TRUTH will come OUT on 911 and the perps will HANG.

    The Russians may get angry with the BUMMER and TELL the WORLD exactly WHO did 911.

  • v l

    what precedent, why repercussions?- we ain’t done no wrong!