Bush administration seeks to exempt Libya from state-sponsored terror lawsuits Caitlin Price at 3:57 PM ET
[JURIST] The Bush administration has asked Congress to shield Libya [JURIST news archive] from a measure in the newly-passed National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 [HR 4986 materials; JURIST report] that would allow victims of state-sponsored terrorism to sue for that country's assets held in the US. The military spending law, signed by US President George W. Bush [Specter press release] in January with bipartisan support, contains a provision - Section 1083 - which allows private lawsuits against countries designated by the US as a state sponsor of terror. Bush rejected a previous version [press release] that made the provision applicable to Iraq, but ultimately signed the law after it was updated to allow a presidential waiver [WH memorandum] to exempt that country. A March 18 letter from top administration officials, including Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, to Congressional leaders seeks an additional waiver for Libya.
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