International Laws and Treaties

Allowing Americans to sue foreign governments over terrorist acts may sound like a good idea. It's not

Allowing Americans to sue foreign governments over terrorist acts may sound like a good idea. It's not

From an emotional standpoint, the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act has some appeal. The bill, which is still being finalized, aims to open U.S. courts to civil lawsuits by Americans against foreign governments tied to terror attacks in the United States. Though it would be written broadly enough to encompass all the countries in the world, the bill has a clear target: Saudi Arabia. Proponents say they want to allow families of the nearly 3,000 victims of the 9/11 attacks seek damages in court if proof emerges that the Saudi government supported the 19 al Qaeda hijackers, 15 of whom were Saudis.

It may sound good, but it's a bad idea.

83°