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Letter: Graham wrong to stall JASTA

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On Sept. 11, 2001, our oldest son, James J. Straine, Jr., who was just 36 at the time and had 3-year-old and 5-day-old sons, was killed when radical Islamic terrorists slammed their plane into the World Trade Center where Jimmy worked for Cantor Fitzgerald.

To hold accountable all those who played a role in that attack, we have long supported the Justice Against Sponsors of Terroism Act (JASTA), which has been pending in Congress since 2009.

This is a narrowly tailored bill to ensure that U.S. victims of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil can hold accountable those responsible for the attacks, even if the responsible party is a foreign state.

In addition to accountability, JASTA will discourage future attacks by making would-be attack planners think twice. U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, who has co-sponsored the bill for almost six years, recently took the position of blocking it just when it was likely to be successfully voted out of the Senate with momentum toward enactment.

Each time JASTA has been the subject of congressional voting, the bill has passed unanimously. The only thing that has prevented JASTA’s passage has been delays like the kind that Sen. Graham is now causing.

We write to express our disappointment in Sen. Graham for stalling a bill that would help protect America against any future foreign–sponsored terrorist attacks.

Every day that he continues to stall the bill risks its ultimate failure.

In that case, the only parties Sen. Graham will have benefitted are those responsible for these kinds of attacks, including those responsible for the death of our son.

Please, Sen. Graham, side with us and the American people. Lift your hold on JASTA.

Mary Straine

James Straine

Front Light Walk

Daufuskie Island

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