Families of victims slam senators seeking to amend 9/11 law

The families of some victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks are voicing opposition to proposed changes to a new law that allows them to sue the Saudi government over the attacks.

A group representing the families and survivors has accused Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham of “torpedoing” the law — the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) — under pressure from Saudi lobbyists.

“We have reviewed the language, and it is an absolute betrayal,” said Terry Strada, national chair of 9/11 Families and Survivors United for Justice Against Terrorism. “The president-elect has made his support for JASTA crystal clear, and there is zero risk that he will support this kind of backroom backstabbing of the 9/11 families.”

The JASTA act became law in September after President Barack Obama’s veto was overwhelmingly rejected by the US Congress.

McCain and Graham had proposed changes saying lawsuits can only be brought…

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