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About "Repeal JASTA"
The affirmative case argues JASTA (Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act) should be repealed because it violates the President’s constitutional foreign policy powers, and because it doesn’t provide a way for a plaintiff to collect on a valid judgment – it merely says that the plaintiff can bring a suit against the country without saying they can use that country’s assets to make them pay damages.
This negative brief responds to each of those arguments. In addition, it includes several more reasons why the status quo is fine, including that sovereign immunity isn’t being violated and that the United States won’t be harmed by other countries’ retaliation. Finally, it includes three important disadvantages that are a crucial part of a Neg strategy against this case. Repealing JASTA would deny justice to victims, prioritizing other countries above our own citizens, and take away a critical anti-terrorism measure. Any small harms in the current system simply don’t outweigh the possible disadvantages involving putting American citizens at risk.
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Kirstin competed in NCFCA in eight speech categories, as well as both Lincoln-Douglas and Policy debate. She ranked in the top 4 at Nationals in three speech events and advanced to debate finals at five tournaments, three of which she won. Her favorite accomplishment was receiving first place at Nationals her senior year in Impromptu. Kirstin is a student at Wheaton College majoring in music, and enjoys running her own calligraphy business.