Saudi Arabia has paid tens of thousands of dollars to US army veterans in an attempt to kill a recently-passed law allowing 9/11 families to sue Saudi nationals for their alleged role in facilitating the September 11, 2001 attacks that killed thousands of Americans, a report says.
The US Congress overwhelmingly voted in September of last year to override then President Barack Obama’s veto of the “Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), which allows relatives of the victims of the 9/11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi campaign includes paying American military veterans to visit Capitol Hill and warn lawmakers about what they said could be unintended consequences, The Associated Press reported on Thursday.
Some of the recruited veterans said Saudi Arabia’s government was largely paying for the effort, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The veterans’ lobbying effort began within a month after the September vote. Apparently,…