JASTA is the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, passed overwhelmingly by each house of Congress and just vetoed by President Barack Obama (D). The bill would allow the survivors of the 9/11 victims to sue in American courts the Saudi Arabian government and members of it over their alleged role in the terrorist attacks and to seek recompense for those participations.
Without commenting on the legitimacy such suits, or on the likelihood that enough Democrats will roll over for their leader to sustain his veto, I have this on an argument against the bill.
[I]f US citizens are allowed to take the Saudis into court, then foreign countries could do the same to the United States, its diplomats, and its service members.
Whether or not foreign countries “could do the same” to us is a matter of those nations’ domestic law, current or to-be-passed.
Thus: those nations already can “do the same” to us, without waiting for a JASTA suit, and it’s already been done. This is a nakedly specious argument by Obama against the bill.