October 2nd, 2016

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I attempt to explain exactly what is wrong with JASTA

Folks may have heard about the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA). That's the bill that most people only vaguely know as the one that lets the 9/11 families sue Saudi Arabia for 9/11 or something. But it has suddenly dawned on the leaders of Congress that there are "unforseen consequences" with the law, which they hope to correct when they get back from campaigning. Also, they blame Obama for somehow not stopping them from overriding his veto.

The problem is that the law does what it is actually supposed to do. It is the very concept of the law and its passage that creates the "unforeseen consequences." As I explain below, America just drunk tweeted its break up with Saudi Arabia, and that's not something you can fix with some legislative tweaks after you get to run on the very popular but insanely stupid bill.

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