DOD chief says 9/11 bill could be devastating to US military

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By RICHARD LARDNER
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) – Defense Secretary Ash Carter says legislation backed by the families of Sept. 11 victims could be devastating to the U.S. military.

Carter’s concerns are detailed in a letter to a senior member of Congress that was released Tuesday.

Congress is poised to override President Barack Obama’s veto of the bill that would allow the families to sue Saudi Arabia for the kingdom’s alleged backing of the terrorists who carried out the 9/11 attacks. Obama has warned the legislation would make the U.S. vulnerable to retaliatory litigation in foreign courts that could put American troops in legal jeopardy.

Carter amplifies Obama’s concerns. He says cases tried overseas could put the U.S. in the difficult position of having to choose between revealing secrets and suffering adverse rulings for refusing to do so.

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