Evaluating the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, S. 2930, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, July 14, 2010 [open pdf - 15MB]
From the opening statement of Arlen Specter: "The Judiciary Committee hearing will now proceed on the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism proposed legislation. This is, I think, an unusual bill because it involves so many big issues. The first issue is the justice for victims and survivors of what is, arguably, the most barbaric act in human history. Hard to find something more astounding than the incident of 9/11. [...]. The second big issue which this legislation implicates is the use of a critical weapon to prevent a recurrence. The evidence is very, very forceful about the involvement of Saudi money in promoting terrorism. [...]. A third very important issue--important in my mind--is to restore the balance on separation of powers. We have seen the Congress legislate on the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, and we have seen our legislation disregarded by the executive branch and then by the judicial branch." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Arlen Specter, Senator (PA); John B. Bellinger, III, Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP; Richard D. Klingler, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP; Evan F. Kohlman, Senior Partner, Flashpoint Global Partners, and International Terrorism Consultant/Senior Investigator, NEFA Foundation; Abraham D. Sofaer, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Lee S. Wolosky, Partner, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP; Debra Burlingame, Washington, DC; Matthew Levitt, Director, Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, Washington Institute for Near East Policy; Joan Molinaro, Board Member of 9/11 Families for a Secure America and Mother of New York City Firefighter Carl E. Molinaro; 9/11 Families United to Bankrupt Terrorism; Voices of September 11th; and Stuart Tayler Jr., Washington Post.
S. Hrg. 111-858; Senate Hearing 111-858; Serial No. J-111-100
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