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Family Members of 9/11 Victims Welcome the Federal Prosecution of Some Detainees While Criticizing Use of Military Commissions for Others
*September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows available for media inquiries**
WASHINGTON - November 13 - In light of the announcement by Attorney General Eric
Holder designating several alleged 9/11 conspirators held at Guantanamo
to be tried in civilian federal courts in New York, the organization
September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows announced its
support for the decision. The September Eleventh Families for Peaceful
Tomorrows represents family members of 9/11 victims and advocates for
trying the detainees in U.S. federal courts, and not in military
commissions. They believe it is of the utmost importance for those
accused of these heinous acts to be treated in a constitutionally sound
manner. Only in that way will they get the justice they deserve.
Representatives from The September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows will be available for a conference call with the press at 2:30 pm today. Representatives available include Donna March O'Connor, John Leinung, Valerie Lucz, Talat Hamdani, Loretta Filipov, and Nancy Meyer. To join the call, please dial 1-800-816-4134, access code 69922.
Nancy Meyer is an Environmental Education Consultant and Project Director, September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows. She is the sister-in-law of United Flight 93 victim Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas and mother of three living in rural Nebraska, where she is a School Board member.
John M. Leinung is the step-father of Paul J. Battaglia, WTC Tower 1, 100th floor, Marsh & McLennan. Paul was 22 yrs. old, a 2000 graduate of Binghamton University School of Management. He was the former General Manager of WHRW, the B.U. radio station.
Adele Welty is a retired social worker who currently is a member of Peaceful Tomorrows. She had four children and seven grandchildren, and lives in the same house she resided in when her son, Firefighter Timothy Welty, was born. He was lost in the line of duty at the World Trade Center on 9/11 and left a young son and daughter. In 2004, Adele traveled to Afghanistan to meet with civilian families affected by the military campaign there. She also participated in a delegation to Amman, Jordan, in 2005, bringing humanitarian supplies to Iraqi refugees from Falluja. In 2007, she spoke at a Human Rights Conference in Guantanamo, Cuba and joined activists protesting the prison there. In 2008, she attended a meeting of LaOnf in Erbil, Iraq and helped kick start the PT LaOnf Campaign here in the states. She has been active in calling attention to challenges faced by underrepresented minorities affected by 9/11, and has lobbied to remove negative provisions from proposed immigration legislation. She opposes capital punishment and testified for the defense in the Moussaoui trial.