Obama will veto bill that allows 9/11 victims to sue Saudi: WH

Obama will veto bill that allows 9/11 victims to sue Saudi: WH

Obama will veto bill that allows 9/11 victims to sue Saudi: WH
US President Barack Obama will veto the bill passed by the Republican-majority House of Representatives that, if passed, would allow victims of the 9/11 attacks and their relatives to sue foreign governments suspected of backing terrorism against America, the White House has said.

The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act was approved unanimously in the House last week, four months after Senate cleared it.

"The President does intend to veto this legislation," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.

The legislation is strongly opposed by Saudi Arabia which is home to 15 of the 19 hijackers in the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

Earnest said currently, there is a process inside the executive branch of the US government for designating certain countries as state sponsors of terrorism.

There are a couple of countries that fit that category. That is a very serious designation. It submits those countries to a whole list of limitations and restrictions that isolate them not just from the US, but in many cases, the rest of the world, he said.

There is an evidentially threshold that has to be met before reaching that kind of legislation but that designation, when it is reached, is something that is made public.
"The impact of this legislation could set up a situation where you have judges at a variety of levels, in a variety of courtrooms across the country, making a similar designation," Earnest said.

"You could have judges at different levels in different courtrooms, reaching different conclusions about the same country. That is not an effective, forceful way for us to respond to terrorism.

"A forceful way for us to respond to terrorism is to thoroughly investigate what role individual countries may have in supporting terrorism, and if we find compelling evidence that they are, to label them accordingly and to act accordingly. And that is what the President believes is the most forceful way for us to confront state sponsors of terrorism," Earnest said.

"The other concern that we have also articulated is that this law actually opens up the US to risk being hauled into court in countries around the world. The concept of sovereign immunity is one that protects the United States as much as any other country in the world, given the way the US is engaged in the world," Earnest said.

Enrique was in the firing line after leaving Messi and Suarez on the bench among seven changes for the Alaves clash. However, he expects the Spanish champions to suffer no after-effects when back close to full-strength on Tuesday.

"The team has reacted well. They are obviously annoyed because we don't like and are not accustomed to losing at home," said Enrique. "We have the shortest turnaround you can have between games. The players are rested and desperate to compete and play again in the Camp Nou in a competition that excites us."

Barca beat Celtic as recently as July 3-1 in a pre-season friendly in Dublin. However, Enrique expects a very different clash with Champions League points at stake.

"It helps to have played them in pre-season, but in terms of intensity and fighting for the three points there is a huge difference," added Enrique. And he lauded the impact made by Rodgers in his short time in charge at Celtic in leading the Scottish champions back into the Champions League for the first time in three years.

"He loves good football, he is a coach that likes to play on the front foot, to take the game to the opposition and you can see that already in his short time at Celtic. "They have made good signings and have players that will cause us problems. I Like Rodgers as a coach and his idea of how to play football."

Enrique's only injury doubt comes in goal. Dutch stopper Jasper Cillessen made his debut on Saturday, but Marc-Andre ter Stegen trained fully on Monday and could make an earlier than expected return from a hamstring injury.
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