Turning the tables on the 9/11 JASTA lawsuits: 10 things the US could be sued for

Published October 7th, 2016 - 11:29 GMT

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Only two days after US Congress passed a law allowing Americans to sue foreign governments over their alleged roles in 'terror' attacks, Stephanie Ross DeSimone filed a lawsuit against Saudi Arabia for providing material support to Al Qaeda and its leader, Osama Bin Laden.
The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) is a law that challenges sovereign immunity in way never seen before.
For the first time in history, a foreign country can now be legally sued in another country's courts. Regardless of the outcome of Saudi Arabia's case, does this set a dangerous precedent for sovereign immunity worldwide? If American citizens can sue Saudi Arabia for alleged links to terror groups, what kind of lawsuits can the US expect to land on their doorstep?

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You don’t need a tin foil hat to find all the accusations pointing to a US creation, or at least arming, of Daesh. The extremist militant group is now running amok in Syria, Iraq and Libya - and someone needs to take the blame for this hot mess. (AFP/File)
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Image 1 of 10:  1 / 10You don’t need a tin foil hat to find all the accusations pointing to a US creation, or at least arming, of Daesh. The extremist militant group is now running amok in Syria, Iraq and Libya - and someone needs to take the blame for this hot mess. (AFP/File)

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Assange has promised lots of new material and food for thought with some more Wikileaks revelations. He has especially mentioned some juicy tidbits in time for the US elections. One can only imagine what JASTA type lawsuits will be filed this time round! (AFP/File)
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Image 2 of 10:  2 / 10Assange has promised lots of new material and food for thought with some more Wikileaks revelations. He has especially mentioned some juicy tidbits in time for the US elections. One can only imagine what JASTA type lawsuits will be filed this time round! (AFP/File)

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In 2014 the US bombed the Kunduz MSF hospital in Afghanistan, killing 42 people at the site specifically designated as a hospital. It was a colossal error that the US has apologized for and it has paid reparations to the families - but could JASTA open the door for MSF to sue the government? (AFP/File)
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Image 3 of 10:  3 / 10In 2014 the US bombed the Kunduz MSF hospital in Afghanistan, killing 42 people at the site specifically designated as a hospital. It was a colossal error that the US has apologized for and it has paid reparations to the families - but could JASTA open the door for MSF to sue the government? (AFP/File)

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In April 2014, a guest convoy was on its way to a wedding in Yemen’s al-Bayda province. The happy occasion was ruined by a US drone targeted killing which left 12 prospective attendees dead. Given the media uproar, the family would definitely have a case. (AFP/File)
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Image 4 of 10:  4 / 10In April 2014, a guest convoy was on its way to a wedding in Yemen’s al-Bayda province. The happy occasion was ruined by a US drone targeted killing which left 12 prospective attendees dead. Given the media uproar, the family would definitely have a case. (AFP/File)

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In 2007, US Blackwater guards shot and killed 17 unarmed Iraqi civilians in Nisour Square, Baghdad. A further 20 were injured. Four blackwater guards were tried in 2014, but there’s no guarantee that an Iraqi style JASTA could bring this back into the courtrooms. 
(AFP/File)
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Image 5 of 10:  5 / 10In 2007, US Blackwater guards shot and killed 17 unarmed Iraqi civilians in Nisour Square, Baghdad. A further 20 were injured. Four blackwater guards were tried in 2014, but there’s no guarantee that an Iraqi style JASTA could bring this back into the courtrooms. (AFP/File)

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They said there were WMDs - we never found a-one. They said they’d be there for 6 months - they stayed for almost a decade and left the country in tatters. Civil war, ISIS, depleted uranium... Let’s just say there’s probably a long line of Iraqi lawyers who would love to drag Bush and Cheney to court! (AFP/File)
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Image 6 of 10:  6 / 10They said there were WMDs - we never found a-one. They said they’d be there for 6 months - they stayed for almost a decade and left the country in tatters. Civil war, ISIS, depleted uranium... Let’s just say there’s probably a long line of Iraqi lawyers who would love to drag Bush and Cheney to court! (AFP/File)

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Where do we start on this one? Considering the AIPAC lobby, the fact that US taxpayers give an estimated 8 million dollars to Israel PER DAY, and that Israel routinely undermines UN resolutions without a peep from anyone - the US are basically enablers. Anyone got Amal Clooney’s number? (AFP/File)
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Image 7 of 10:  7 / 10Where do we start on this one? Considering the AIPAC lobby, the fact that US taxpayers give an estimated 8 million dollars to Israel PER DAY, and that Israel routinely undermines UN resolutions without a peep from anyone - the US are basically enablers. Anyone got Amal Clooney’s number? (AFP/File)

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In 2012, an attack against US government facilities in Benghazi, Libya left four US officials dead and many wondering who was responsible for the lapse in security. Republicans have been quick to scrutinize Clinton and the media was all over the scandal coming up to the elections. Will the US JASTA itself over this one?
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Image 8 of 10:  8 / 10In 2012, an attack against US government facilities in Benghazi, Libya left four US officials dead and many wondering who was responsible for the lapse in security. Republicans have been quick to scrutinize Clinton and the media was all over the scandal coming up to the elections. Will the US JASTA itself over this one?

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The detainees at Guantanamo Bay are often held without charges and subjected to questionable interrogation methods and many are released after being proven innocent. Stories of abuse and torture have made headlines internationally - perhaps the US could face a class action lawsuit from former inmates? (AFP/File)
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Image 9 of 10:  9 / 10The detainees at Guantanamo Bay are often held without charges and subjected to questionable interrogation methods and many are released after being proven innocent. Stories of abuse and torture have made headlines internationally - perhaps the US could face a class action lawsuit from former inmates? (AFP/File)

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If Trump is elected - if not now, eventually the US would be held accountable to the entire planet. With threats to ban all Muslims, build a wall at the Mexican border and take all the oil from Iraq… Maybe the US should take a leaf out of Lebanon’s book and just have no president at all?
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Image 10 of 10:  10 / 10If Trump is elected - if not now, eventually the US would be held accountable to the entire planet. With threats to ban all Muslims, build a wall at the Mexican border and take all the oil from Iraq… Maybe the US should take a leaf out of Lebanon’s book and just have no president at all?

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You don’t need a tin foil hat to find all the accusations pointing to a US creation, or at least arming, of Daesh. The extremist militant group is now running amok in Syria, Iraq and Libya - and someone needs to take the blame for this hot mess. (AFP/File)

Image 1 of 10You don’t need a tin foil hat to find all the accusations pointing to a US creation, or at least arming, of Daesh. The extremist militant group is now running amok in Syria, Iraq and Libya - and someone needs to take the blame for this hot mess. (AFP/File)

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Assange has promised lots of new material and food for thought with some more Wikileaks revelations. He has especially mentioned some juicy tidbits in time for the US elections. One can only imagine what JASTA type lawsuits will be filed this time round! (AFP/File)

Image 2 of 10Assange has promised lots of new material and food for thought with some more Wikileaks revelations. He has especially mentioned some juicy tidbits in time for the US elections. One can only imagine what JASTA type lawsuits will be filed this time round! (AFP/File)

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In 2014 the US bombed the Kunduz MSF hospital in Afghanistan, killing 42 people at the site specifically designated as a hospital. It was a colossal error that the US has apologized for and it has paid reparations to the families - but could JASTA open the door for MSF to sue the government? (AFP/File)

Image 3 of 10In 2014 the US bombed the Kunduz MSF hospital in Afghanistan, killing 42 people at the site specifically designated as a hospital. It was a colossal error that the US has apologized for and it has paid reparations to the families - but could JASTA open the door for MSF to sue the government? (AFP/File)

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In April 2014, a guest convoy was on its way to a wedding in Yemen’s al-Bayda province. The happy occasion was ruined by a US drone targeted killing which left 12 prospective attendees dead. Given the media uproar, the family would definitely have a case. (AFP/File)

Image 4 of 10In April 2014, a guest convoy was on its way to a wedding in Yemen’s al-Bayda province. The happy occasion was ruined by a US drone targeted killing which left 12 prospective attendees dead. Given the media uproar, the family would definitely have a case. (AFP/File)

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In 2007, US Blackwater guards shot and killed 17 unarmed Iraqi civilians in Nisour Square, Baghdad. A further 20 were injured. Four blackwater guards were tried in 2014, but there’s no guarantee that an Iraqi style JASTA could bring this back into the courtrooms. 
(AFP/File)

Image 5 of 10In 2007, US Blackwater guards shot and killed 17 unarmed Iraqi civilians in Nisour Square, Baghdad. A further 20 were injured. Four blackwater guards were tried in 2014, but there’s no guarantee that an Iraqi style JASTA could bring this back into the courtrooms. (AFP/File)

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They said there were WMDs - we never found a-one. They said they’d be there for 6 months - they stayed for almost a decade and left the country in tatters. Civil war, ISIS, depleted uranium... Let’s just say there’s probably a long line of Iraqi lawyers who would love to drag Bush and Cheney to court! (AFP/File)

Image 6 of 10They said there were WMDs - we never found a-one. They said they’d be there for 6 months - they stayed for almost a decade and left the country in tatters. Civil war, ISIS, depleted uranium... Let’s just say there’s probably a long line of Iraqi lawyers who would love to drag Bush and Cheney to court! (AFP/File)

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Where do we start on this one? Considering the AIPAC lobby, the fact that US taxpayers give an estimated 8 million dollars to Israel PER DAY, and that Israel routinely undermines UN resolutions without a peep from anyone - the US are basically enablers. Anyone got Amal Clooney’s number? (AFP/File)

Image 7 of 10Where do we start on this one? Considering the AIPAC lobby, the fact that US taxpayers give an estimated 8 million dollars to Israel PER DAY, and that Israel routinely undermines UN resolutions without a peep from anyone - the US are basically enablers. Anyone got Amal Clooney’s number? (AFP/File)

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In 2012, an attack against US government facilities in Benghazi, Libya left four US officials dead and many wondering who was responsible for the lapse in security. Republicans have been quick to scrutinize Clinton and the media was all over the scandal coming up to the elections. Will the US JASTA itself over this one?

Image 8 of 10In 2012, an attack against US government facilities in Benghazi, Libya left four US officials dead and many wondering who was responsible for the lapse in security. Republicans have been quick to scrutinize Clinton and the media was all over the scandal coming up to the elections. Will the US JASTA itself over this one?

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The detainees at Guantanamo Bay are often held without charges and subjected to questionable interrogation methods and many are released after being proven innocent. Stories of abuse and torture have made headlines internationally - perhaps the US could face a class action lawsuit from former inmates? (AFP/File)

Image 9 of 10The detainees at Guantanamo Bay are often held without charges and subjected to questionable interrogation methods and many are released after being proven innocent. Stories of abuse and torture have made headlines internationally - perhaps the US could face a class action lawsuit from former inmates? (AFP/File)

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If Trump is elected - if not now, eventually the US would be held accountable to the entire planet. With threats to ban all Muslims, build a wall at the Mexican border and take all the oil from Iraq… Maybe the US should take a leaf out of Lebanon’s book and just have no president at all?

Image 10 of 10If Trump is elected - if not now, eventually the US would be held accountable to the entire planet. With threats to ban all Muslims, build a wall at the Mexican border and take all the oil from Iraq… Maybe the US should take a leaf out of Lebanon’s book and just have no president at all?

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