Friday, September 30, 2016
Sovereign Immunity Protects the United States the Most
Congress passed a law to allow U.S. citizens to sue foreign governments - specifically, Saudia Arabia, for their possible role in the 9/11 attacks.
President Obama vetoed that bill, on the grounds that the doctrine of "sovereign immunity" - foreign governments are immune from suit in our courts for their government actions - protects us. If we allow U.S. citizens to sue foreign governments for their acts, that opens the door for foreign citizens to sue the U.S. government.
The United States invades, bombs, and intervenes in more countries than any other - probably more, these days, than all others combined.
Congress overrode President Obama's veto - the first time they have done so. And immediately the Republican leadership regretted what they had done.
The President is right. Our self-interest, rightly understood, should lead us to preserve sovereign immunity.