9/11 Families: Due Process, Even in Times Square

by
Abby Zimet

Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama are suddenly,
distressingly backtracking on Miranda rights, with Holder's
"We're now dealing with international terrorists" right up there as the
ultimate WTF remark - before Times Square, we were dealing with, what?
But those who have lost the most to international terrorists still argue
they have their rights. Peaceful Tomorrows, a group of 9/11 survivors and families of
victims dedicated to "turning  our grief into action for peace," noted
that the rule of law worked for suspect Faisal Shazad: He was read his
rights and promptly began to talk. Holder's proposal, they said, is "a
slippery slope" we should not go down.

"We urge caution
and we invoke reason: we have laws that
work to protect our citizens and our security. We should not proceed
down a road that may become a slippery slope towards the curtailment of
fundamental due process rights that have served this nation well." -
Donna
Marsh O'Connor, spokesperson for September 11th Families for Peaceful
Tomorrows.

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