“The president’s rationales to veto JASTA don’t hold weight. They are 100% wrong,” Terry Strada, whose husband Tom Strada died in World Trade Center collapse, told CNN. “For us, the 9/11 families and survivors, all we are asking for is an opportunity to have our case heard in a courtroom. Denying us justice is un-American.”
And this is what it boils down to as far as the perception of the American people. Even though 9/11 occurred 15 years ago, Americans are still understandably reluctant to deny the survivors and the families of the fatalities any chance at what they perceive as justice.
Members of Congress know this, and they are all up for re-election this year. Not many — regardless of party — are willing to give their challengers an opportunity to claim that their Congressman wants to deny any 9/11 family the chance to sue somebody — anybody — for wrongful death or wrongful injury.
However, President Obama is looking at the big picture (which is what a good President is supposed to do). He knows that opening this can of worms is going to set a precedent for a flurry of lawsuits — not only for 9/11 families suing, but this opens the door for foreigners to sue our country or Americans working overseas on behalf of our government for what they perceive to be wrongdoing. Is this worthwhile? How effective does anyone think that suing Saudi Arabia for 9/11 would be? I’d be very surprised if even one lawsuit was found in favor of the plaintiff. But it will make a lot of lawyers rich.