For Immediate Release
David Lerner, Riptide Communications (212) 260-5000 or
Donna O’Connor (315) 559-2183
9/11 Families Urge Obama to Keep Promise To Prosecute Khalid Sheik Mohammed in Civilian Court
Relatives of 9/11 Victims Say Military Commissions Undermine American Justice
NEW YORK - In the wake of reports that the Obama
administration is considering that Khalid Sheik Mohammed, alleged mastermind of
the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center, be prosecuted in a
military tribunal, September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, a national
organization of more than 200 relatives of victims of the 9/11 attacks issue
the following statement:
Americans directly and tragically affected by the 9/11 attacks, we are deeply
troubled by the news that the White House is considering reversing Attorney
General Holder's decision to hold the trial of the Khalid Sheik Mohammed in
civilian court. The rule of law is the lynch-pin of our way of life, a way of
life tens of thousands have died to protect. Civilian trials in
federal courts have resulted in hundreds of successful terrorism prosecutions
whereas military commissions are an illegitimate system that undermine the rule
of law. We call upon the President to restore the rule of law to our democracy.
statement can be attributed to Donna O’Connor, a spokesperson for the
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