Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, made public a letter to Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan in which he outlines one line of questioning he intends to pursue during her confirmation hearings.

The letter addresses several important cases in the federal courts that Senator Specter previously discussed with Solicitor General Kagan: a case brought by Holocaust survivors and their heirs against an Italian insurance company that allegedly failed to honor World War-II era insurance policies; cases brought by the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks against Saudi Arabia and Saudi officials for financing the attacks; and a case challenging the constitutionality of the Bush Administration’s terrorist surveillance program.

All of these cases were dismissed by the courts on jurisdictional or related grounds. They raise important questions about the rights of Americans to seek redress in the federal courts.