One of the key components of a US citizen's lawsuit against a foreign country is a determination by the State Department that the country is a "state sponsor of terrorism." This has been in place since the adoption in 1996 of the Anti-terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of that year. Indeed, it gave our family the grounds to purse the Iranian government for being the sponsor of the terror group that murdered Alisa in April 1995.
It should come as no surprise to those who follow these events that the Islamic Republic of Iran is again on the list of state sponsors of terrorism.
To read more about the designation, go to this report on the State Department's website -
Country Reports on Terrorism 2013 State Sponsors of Terrorism Overview
Stephen M. Flatow