A new law allows American citizens to sue foreign entities that receive U.S. aid for past acts of terrorism. The new “Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act” (ACTA) changes the playing field, allowing lawsuits to be brought to U.S. courts.
The first consequence of the law appears to be the Palestinian Authority (PA), an entity that encourages, cheers and pays terrorists, including those who kill Americans.
In a December letter to the U.S. just made public, the PA says they will no longer accept American money due to the new legislation since, if the PA were to accept any aid money from the U.S., they could be sued by Americans harmed as a result of PA-inspired terror.
Although the U.S. has already cut millions of dollars in aid to the PA due to the fact that the PA refused to stop paying terrorists and their families for their heinous deeds, President Trump was still sending $60 million in U.S. funds for security assistance to them.
The legislation was passed in response to previous lawsuits which were filed in U.S. courts by those harmed by terror funded by foreign entities. Those suits were rejected since they fell out of the jurisdiction of the U.S. courts.
Now that is no longer the case.
The bipartisan legislation was quietly signed into law by President Trump in October 2018. National Public Radio recently made the PA’s letter public.
The Lawfare Blog notes that the legislation offers the first substantial change to civil liability provisions since the passage of the Justice Against Sponsor of Terrorism Act, which was vetoed by President Obama in 2016 but overridden by Congress and enacted nonetheless.