Cardin and Hoyer wa­ver on jus­tice for 9/11 vic­tims

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD - Mike Reeves, Vi­o­letville

I re­cently took an af­ter­noon off to drive to Wash­ing­ton, D.C., where I marched with the 9/11 fam­i­lies sup­port­ing pas­sage of the pro­posed Jus­tice Against Spon­sors of Ter­ror­ism Act, which would al­low vic­tims of the 9/11 ter­ror­ist at­tacks to sue for­eign gov­ern­ments that sup­port ter­ror­ism (“The Saudis must be held ac­count­able for their role in 9/11,” Sept. 9).

Af­ter read­ing that Sen. Ben Cardin and Rep. Steny Hoyer, who ini­tially voted for the bill, are now wa­ver­ing, I would like to make the fol­low­ing pro­posal.

Since Sen­a­tor Cardin and Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Hoyer are both highly in­tel­li­gent, hon­or­able men, they should take it upon them­selves to form a spe­cial com­mit­tee for the solemn pur­pose of care­fully con­sid­er­ing Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s ob­jec­tions to JASTA.

Such a com­mit­tee would re­quire both a source of fund­ing and a qual­i­fied chair­per­son. To that end, Mr. Cardin and Mr. Hoyer should have no dif­fi­culty in se­cur­ing 30 pieces of Saudi sil­ver and sum­mon­ing the spirit of Bene­dict Arnold.

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