The U.S. Senate voted to override Barack Obama’s veto of an important bill

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Obama has issued 12 vetoes during his presidency, until now none have yet been revoked. However, Obama warned of “devastating” consequences for the Pentagon, service members, diplomats and the intelligence services if the bill we be adopted. Families of 9/11 victims have campaigned for the law because fifteen of the 19 hijackers were Saudi citizens. But the Saudi government denies any links to the plotters and no link to the government has been proven. “The principle of sovereign immunity protects U.S. officials every day, and is rooted in reciprocity. If we fail to uphold this standard for other countries, we place our own nation’s officials in danger,” CIA Director John Brennan appreciated referring to the Senate vote. Before this, the Congress has allowed Americans to sue countries that have been designated as “state sponsors of terrorism,” but currently, that list includes only three countries: Iran, Syria and Sudan.

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